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Snake River Canyon Half Marathon - 2 new pictures in my gallery

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I finished the race. It was slower than what I had hoped, 2 hrs. 51min. 54 seconds inofficial time, average speed 4.6 mph. Official time is not posted yet.
I knew during my warm-up that I was not fully recovered yet because my heartbeat was about 15 beats higher than I expected. I felt good overall so decided to just see how things are going to develop.
The first mile took 12 min.10 seconds and at that point I thought I might be able to keep up that speed and even increase a little at the end. My pulse was around 140. The first half of the run went smoothly and I increased my speed a little after the first third, letting my pulse come up to 146. My half-time split at the turnaround was 1 hour 23 min. which gave me hope because I thought I would be able to increase my speed quite a bit.
On the way back the wind picked up significantly in the canyon slowing all the slower runners down a lot who had not made it back yet. I ended up walking several times because I was just as fast that way but at a lower heart rate.
On the last mile I had enough energy to pass several people and finish strong with my pulse going up to about 160 but I was pretty wiped out when I was done. My average pulse during the race was 145 and took about half an hour to get back under 90, another sign that I was not quite back to normal. I got pretty cold and was too tired to eat much. When we got home an hour later I took a nap before I felt ready to move around.
The good news is that I have only minor muscle soreness and should be ready to run again in 2 days.
It really helped that I was wearing my heart rate monitor. I have never tested my maximum heart rate and have no desire to do so but I knew roughly what heart rate I can maintain for several miles.
Overall this may have been my hardest run so far. emoticon
Did I mention before that I don't like to exhaust myself? emoticon
I'm hoping my next run, probably a 5 K will not only be faster but also easier. emoticon
Tonight we are celebrating with steak and sweet potatoes with lots of butter and cream.

Thank you to all who were sending me good thoughts for today.

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 3/5/2012 3:22AM

    Good for you. I think you handled the race just fine, giving that you are still recuperating. Well done! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 3/4/2012 4:56PM

    I'm into finishing! You did it! Outstanding!
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And just think, you can do it again. Celebrate! All the best...


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JANETELIZABETH1 3/4/2012 2:59PM

    You did well Birgit!!! emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 3/4/2012 9:39AM

    Congratulations on your run! It may not have been the time you wanted, but that is still a wonderful accomplishment.

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KANOE10 3/4/2012 9:36AM

    That is great that you finished a half marathon!!!!!

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Is that the Snake River Canyon in Oregon?

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LOSER05 3/4/2012 9:01AM

    Good for you!

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PDQ1203 3/4/2012 8:57AM

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CONRADBURK 3/4/2012 8:26AM

    Good job! I am proud of your accomplishment. Keep sparking!
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KRISZTA11 3/4/2012 7:10AM

    Congrats to finishing the race, I find your time impressive!
And you look great on the pictures.
Wish you a relaxing rest of the week end!
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MARTHASPARKS 3/3/2012 11:43PM

    Bravo. It may have been slower but you're not up to par and I suspect it was force of will that got you over the finish line! Celebrate and feel better.

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FEB_SHOWERS16 3/3/2012 11:26PM

    Congratulations on such a great success!

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Short run, feeling a little stronger - low carb lifestyle gaining in popularity

Thursday, March 01, 2012

This blog has a little bit of everything:
Whatever the bug was I had was more than just a cold, but I think it's on it's way out, at least not a bacterial infection. Maybe I had the flu. Today I went for a very short run of about 20 minutes, walked dogs for half an hour and did half an hour of ice skating. My energy level is still a little lower than normal, but I think I can do the half-marathon on Saturday, probably will not try to race it, just finish, depending on how I feel. The only thing that might stop me is the weather. Today we had freezing rain that would keep me off the road if it continues.
I'm allowing myself a few extra carbs still, today most of a banana in my breakfast cereal, one bite of oatmeal cookie and a few pieces of milk chocolate with hazelnuts. Chocolate with nuts is higher in fat and lower in sugar even if it's milk chocolate, which I like best. I still don't have any cravings for larger amounts which makes me happy.
I talked to someone today about using chlorella together with cilantro and milkthistle for detox from heavy metals which may help me to get rid of some more mercury from my amalgam fillings. I have 4 left to be removed which may take quite a while longer to get done.
I have never tried Chlorella so hope to do some research on it in the coming week.

Today I took inventory at our local food co-op as far as low-carb eating. While this is my absolute favorite place to shop for groceries the low-carb selection is a little more limited than for other diets. They have almost everything organic one could hope for including a great bulk selection of grains, beans, oils, herbs and even meat. But the choices are much greater for vegetarians than vegans when it comes to prepared foods or deli foods. I'm mostly limited to the salad bar, which fortunately includes several cheeses, cooked chicken and a variety of nuts as well as olive oil. Overall alternative grocery stores like this one are still more geared towards vegan and vegetarian eating and cooking from scratch with less common ingredients. Gluten-free foods are quite common, but usually gluten-grains are replaced with gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice or with starches like potato or tapioca. The small book selection has lots of options for all organic, vegetarian and alternative medicine lifestyles but not a single book on low-carb or grain-free eating. I suspect that since some major criticisms of the Atkins-diet the new wave of low-carb eating is still a fairly well-kept secret that is just starting to gain in popularity. I do expect things to develop very quickly over the next year or two as the evidence of success for many people with both weight loss and significant energy gain is growing. I was amazed to see the growing number of researchers from a large variety of disciplines and from well-respected research institutions devote themselves to studying low-carb lifestyles.
It would not surprise me at all if in the next couple of years the obesity rate would finally decline significantly in this country as a result.

  
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MARTHASPARKS 3/3/2012 10:35AM

    Let's hope it catches on more. I'm thinking of you and sending you positive energy for the 13.1! Let us know the results!

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ADZY86 3/2/2012 10:32AM

    I really do think it's going to catch on more and more over the next couple of years. The research I'm seeing is slowly starting to lean towards it, without yet expressly saying that people need to cut right down on carbs.
I'm just glad that we've seen the light as early as we have. Because when it does finally catch on, we'll be able to put forth 2 years of 'told you so!' emoticon

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MYLADY4 3/1/2012 9:39PM

    I too hope the grain free lifestyle catches on.

Glad that you are feeling better and good luck on the half marathon. Mine is the first week in May and my goal is to finish before the marathoners get done.

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Link to many videos on Vimeo about low-carb lifestyle

Thursday, March 01, 2012

There is an unbelievable amount of info from the Ancestral Health Sympositum in 2011:

vimeo.com/ancestralhealthsymposium/v
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There is another symposium scheduled this year in August which looks even better. I wish I was able to go.

  
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CONRADBURK 3/1/2012 11:27AM

    Awesome! I bookmarked the site so I can start watching the videos after the Paleo Summit is over! Thanks for sharing this link!
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KANOE10 3/1/2012 8:56AM

    Thanks..I am going to check it out. The more info on low carb the better.

Have a great low carb day!

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A little sugar - big weight gain - thinking about fueling half-marathon

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I added some natural sugar in the from of raw honey to my diet and a little more fruit for Vitamin C because it helps me to get over viral infections faster. I do feel better this morning but after increasing carbs to about 120 grams for the last 3 days by I gained 2 1/2 pounds over 3 days. I was not moving much, either, just walked the dogs for about an hour on two of those days. I'm not concerned about the weight gain and it is clearly not all fat, but still interesting.
I think 50-70 grams of carbs (probably more like 30-40 grams net carbs) may be what it takes for me to be at my lowest percentage of body fat. This low-carb journey has been interesting for sure.
I hope to learn more about applying low-carb eating to endurance exercise. If I feel well enough to do the half-marathon this Saturday I'm going to have to decide how many carbs to eat starting today. Given all the carbs the last couple of days my glycogen stores may already be close to full so I think I will keep carbs at about 100 grams total per day and have a few extra carbs, maybe a sweet potato and/or some fruit on Friday night and a banana with my breakfast on Saturday. The paleo summit talks had some info on this topic today but there seem to a range of opinions.

  
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MYLADY4 3/1/2012 9:52PM

    I just got the book Paleo for Athletes. I am hoping to read it this weekend. I will let you know what I learn.

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ANNEV2012 3/1/2012 4:00PM

    The additional carbs are probably causing at least some of the bloating/weight gain.

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WOUBBIE 2/29/2012 12:50PM

    Green pepper is also a good source of vitamin C. I find that I need much less of C these days, but I try to get a bit of fresh peppers every day. (The red are even higher, but they're SOOOO expensive compared to the green.)

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LISEIGHT 2/29/2012 11:52AM

    Reading this reminded me of something: you might be experiencing weight gain because of water retention: cold and flu does that, and so does the menses time of the month! It makes a huge difference in my weight!

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SUPERMOUSE35 2/29/2012 11:23AM

    I hope you find what works best for you.

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KRICKET4 2/29/2012 10:12AM

    That's just it! There are always a lot of opinions on everything. That's why this whole thing is so confusing :)
I'm sure the gain you describe is not fat, however, once on a low carb plan this is precisely what will happen every time you go off low carb. So I guess you really have to commit to this long-term.
Also the reason why I'm reluctant to do anything that drastic.
At this point in my life I know that a could not/would not stick with it.
The prescribed 40/30/30 works for me. Though I do struggle with getting enough protein and ideally would like to see 40/40/20.
Well, and so we experiment on.
Really enjoy reading your blogs and learning about your insights.
Hope you'll get over your virus soon.

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Thanks to everyone who has read my blog and commented

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I needed to put this in a blog, hoping that many of you who have been supportive and commented will see it. I'm getting way behind in showing my appreciation to all of you this week as I'm spending many hours learning from many online sources about low-carb living, currently by visiting www. undergroundwellness.com and the online paleosummit that is hosted there. So this is to say emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I hope that once my schedule frees up to stay in touch more. I appreciate all of you, if we agree or disagree, if we go a similar path or very different ones, I would never have had the chance to learn many of the things I've learned about nutrition, exercise and health without you. This is a great community to be a part of because we are all learning together and as we know better we do better.
Cheers,
Birgit

  
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KRICKET4 2/28/2012 9:29PM

    I've been reading, but not commenting much.
My time has been very limited these past few weeks.
Keep on sparking.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/28/2012 3:35PM

    And I read your blogs Birgit but don't always make a comment...
Thanks I appreciate you too!

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RONNIEHUEY 2/28/2012 2:17PM

    Keep up the good work

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CONRADBURK 2/28/2012 2:16PM

    Thanks for telling me about the Paleo Summit! It is awesome! I am listening to every talk and taking notes! Very enjoyable and informative!
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