Friday, September 16, 2011
Yep, happened again yesterday doing the HIIT (Hi Intensity Interval Training) workout. Just before the 7th or 8th sprint my right sneaker felt loose and sure enough I forgot to double tie my laces. Had to take time to re-tie both as the other one wasn't far behind in wanting to come undone. Just what you don't need if going for a new personal best. Not that you can't accomplish great things with untied laces, just look at Usain Bolt. He won the 100 Meter and set a new world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, all with his left shoe untied.
Still, if we can make our runs and races easier why not. So here's my list of things I've come up with to do just that.
1. Double Tie Your Laces (oh, you've heard this one before.)
2. Blow your nose! You think it's funny but it's not :) Runners know that everything gets "juicy" as you get going. Sweats bad enough, no one wants a wrist band covered in boogers too.
3. Run with water. It's amazing how a dry mouth/palate can affect performance, but it does. A little goes a long way and I usually make it through with 8-12 oz per hour.
4. Warm-Up Don't be afraid to walk around, jog in place or even stretch before hand. Your run will be that much better for it.
5. Cover your nipples (c'mon guys and gals that's medical terminology. And if that offends you you'd best skip the Wiki) and other hot spots with tape or other friction aids. The longer the run the more damage you can inflict on yourself so plan accordingly. Blisters can make your run unbearable or stop you dead in your tracks.
6. Don't Eat Within 2 hours Of Start - That's kind of a personal preference and some may be able to get away with an hour or even less, but do the research and see what others think and put it to the test. I've run after not having eaten for 4 or more hours and had some really good runs. Eating too soon before the run/race starts diverts blood from your muscles (where you'd like it) to your intestines to help digest the food you just ate, sapping performance and, maybe even worse, paving the way for some killer cramps and/or nausea. You have about an hour of energy stored in your muscles so save the "Goo" for after that 5 or 10K, unless your running longer distances.
That's my list so far. Have I missed anything? What tips and tricks do you use to get you through your runs? Thanks and be safe out there.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
We've all heard some "expert" advising that we should only weigh ourselves once a week. And there's proven wisdom in that as The National Weight Control Registry ( www.nwcr.ws/ ) has reported that participants that weighed in at least once a week maintained the greatest losses over time. I too adhere to this and weigh in only twice a week: Sunday is what I post here and again midweek to see how I'm doing. Sometimes good and sometimes not so good.
Now a new study is preaching the gospel of the daily trip to the scale. Researchers from the University of Minnesota looked at more than 3,000 obese and overweight adults who were enrolled in trials that either focused on weight loss or on the prevention of weight gain. At the end of the two year study, researchers found that those who weighed themselves on a daily basis lost an average of 12 pounds, compared to people who weighed themselves weekly and lost an average of six pounds. Those who said they never weighed themselves gained an average of four pounds.
Of course, if one wants to follow such a regiment there should be rules like weighing at the same time every day, like first thing in the morning, and not weighing yourself next to windows above the 1st floor if prone to fits of hysteria at what you might see on the scale.
Although more studies are in order, researchers reason the daily weigh-ins allow people the opportunity to catch small increases in weight, and make the necessary changes, before they become bigger increases in weight. So where do you stand on this issue? Me, I'll be on the scale on the 1st floor.
Study in: Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Excerpts from: "Study: Daily weigh-in helpful for some dieters" at bodyandhealth.canada.com/channel_sec
Sunday, August 07, 2011
I'll be the first to admit I'm no early adopter. I'm also not the most patient cat. I've been waiting patiently for Samsung to release the Player 4 stateside (was to be here in the spring) but now that Apple is sueing over said device I had to get creative. Looked for something that had most of the features of the Player 4: Android OS, GPS, music player, Wi-Fi, a good camera and at least some video. Found it all in the HTC Hero and got one cheap online.
This is my 1st smartphone (see above) and I don't forsee ever activating it considering the ease of finding hotspots. Actually, I think my LG is pretty smart, just not this smart. I'm seriously impressed! Downloaded an app called Runtastic and it's...well fantastic. Now I can run, bike, etc where ever I choose instead of taking time creating maps from mapmywalk.com and guessing. Just hit start and go! Then I remembered this thing called Pandora and downloaded that. More awesomeness! Loving my Crystal Method channel. Already got me through a bike workout tonight and I really thought I was done for the day, at least that's how I felt, but there I was sweating to the beats and enjoying it. Still looking forward to Samsung's Player 4 but now there's no hurry. There's even a cool Sparkpeople App. Rock on!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
"Holding out" on myself? Why would I do this? There's a Latin quote: "nosce te ipsum" or "Know thyself." And I KNOW that after some bedroom wrestlin' running would go from 1st or 2nd to not even on the top 5 of things to do. Anyway, I got my 3 miles in, in a light drizzle no less, so I could get my day truly started off right. Either I'm getting serious about reaching my goal or running is more of a guilty pleasure than I was led to believe.
Hope you all enjoy a great Memorial Day.
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