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Carb loading before Half marathon

Friday, March 01, 2013

Tomorrow is the big day, the first race of the season and my first half-marathon without either grains, beans or dairy.
Following an ancient tradition that has been practiced by millions of runners around the world before us for at least the last 30 years and that therefore must be based on the wisdom of experience, we decided to do some serious carb-loading tonight. emoticon

We had noodles with meat sauce and salad on the side, made from 12 oz. of kelp noodles (1 gram of carbs per serving), 2.5 lbs. of ground beef, lots of garlic, salt and spices and for a salad a bunch of lettuce and sprouts with lots of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Dessert was some very dark chocolate. Total carbs probably around 15 grams for the meal, plenty to carry us through for the race.
Now all I need to do is go to bed early and sleep for a good 9 hours and with my stomach being very comfortably full that should not be a challenge.
My bedtime drink will be some salty broth that will allow me to improve my hydration status a little by tomorrow morning. emoticon

  
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PASTAFARIAN 4/29/2013 10:08PM

    Please post a race report to let us know how it went. Personally, if you've been doing all your long runs on the same diet, I'd stick with it rather than carb-loading. (Actually, it's not clear - have you been carb-loading before your long runs too?)


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GOPINTOS 3/2/2013 1:46PM

    Good luck!

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ROBYNLN 3/2/2013 1:45PM

    Good Luck on your race!

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CAMAEL100 3/2/2013 11:36AM

    Best of luck for the race. You sound very well prepared!

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LEW0213 3/2/2013 10:49AM

    Good luck for your race today!!

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DOVESEYES 3/1/2013 11:53PM

    all the best for the race keep hydrated

Christine
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LINDIEMAE 3/1/2013 11:26PM

    Good going, do tell how you made the kelp noodles, I tend to use spagetti squash for noodles, but they don't bake well for me ... here is to your success tomorrow emoticon

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Went for a quick run - literally, well at least for me. :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I did not have a lot of time and it was a little cool outside. So I decided to run for about an hour. I picked a trail that has some up and downhill but ended up where I started.
It took me 59min. 30 seconds for 4.8 miles, avg. pulse 140. I could have kept going when I was done.
If I could just increase that speed a little more for the HM on Saturday. emoticon
I realize I have little experience still to know when and how much to let my pulse come up during a race. Does anyone have suggestions?

Birgit

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 6:48PM

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CINDYTW 2/25/2013 5:48PM

  I use the heart rate calculator here on SP that is based on resting heart rate and age. I have gone higher than it said and am still here so I would say it is fairly conservative!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
resource/calculator_target.asp?

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CATHEMARIE 2/24/2013 9:42PM

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LINDIEMAE 2/24/2013 8:27PM

    Everyone's zone is different dependant on their resting heart beat and a few other things. Mine is between 125 and 140 - so when I get close to that or think I am gonna go over I will slow it down, but then I have a heart condition that I am tending to. Blockages are not fun, but liveable. Try doing a google search for a cardio rehab clinic and see if they have information online.

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Today was a true rest day

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I did not really exercise at all except walking and 20 minutes of easy and relaxing ice skating.
Tomorrow I hope to get a little running in, nothing too long, since I am now starting tapering for next Saturday.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 6:47PM

    Rest days are great

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DOVESEYES 2/24/2013 9:24PM

    I like the idea of interval training as our bodies tend to get used to our exercise quickly.
Good work.

It's something we can all try.

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Christine
Country Living Team

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LINDIEMAE 2/24/2013 4:07PM

    body mind and soul always need a rest period. I always look forward to just doing some relaxing breathing !! Looking forward to reading more of your blogs emoticon

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CINDYTW 2/24/2013 12:35PM

  emoticon I would still count that as exercise!

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CATSPANK 2/24/2013 11:45AM

    Recovery is just as important as exercise. Over training causes injuries so I'd say you are on the right track.

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some sprinting, some strength training

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Since yesterday I had a little less time for strength training I added it on today. I worked upper body and abs a little more and also did a few sprints and some uphill walking. The weather was lousy, cold, windy and rainy so it was nice to be able to go to the gym.
Tomorrow I may try take a day off if the weather is bad, depending on what I feel like.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 6:45PM

    We do what we can, when we can - looking at it this way is less stressful

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LJCANNON 2/24/2013 1:09AM

    emoticon Way To Go!!

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WEARINGTHIN 2/23/2013 3:45AM

    You are the main person you have to please. Good luck to you, Glenn

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Skinny fat and why it matters to me

Friday, February 22, 2013

There are a couple of different definitions of this term. What I mean with it is somebody who is normal weight and/or looks skinny/slim but still has a significant amount of body fat, more than what is ideal for health. This fat is often belly fat but can also be around the hips and it is very often visceral fat, the fat that is packed around our body's organs where it is not really visible from the outside at all.
The other part about skinny fat is a low percentage of lean muscle mass.
Being skinny fat seems to be more common for women, especially women who have been on a lot of diets.
I still put myself in the skinny fat category as my body fat is still over 20%. My ideal would be somewhere closer to 18%.
After doing some reading on the topic I am pretty sure that being skinny fat may put people at a higher risk of disease, especially diabetes and heart disease then being muscular and slightly higher weight .
Of course a lot depends on what type of diet someone uses to maintain weight. I have yet to meet someone who eats a low-carb diet who has not improved their lipid profile significantly by doing so, usually lowering triglycerides and increasing HDL.
For me, I want to get to a level of fitness that will make it even easier and more fun to engage in many types of activities that are still more of a struggle, extended periods of running, hiking and swimming, lifting things without difficulty, all those things that distinguish me from an athlete. Since I'm not competitive I will do this in small increments, doing strength training about 3 times/week for about an hour while continuing my cardio of about 5-6 times/week. I'm also keeping my macronutrient levels at about 80% fat, 15% protein (or about 80 grams) and 5% fat with about 2000-2200 calories/day.
I suspect that people younger than me can make progress a lot faster without hurting themselves but I still have hopes for bathing suit season this year to be better than ever. emoticon

  
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ROBYNLN 2/22/2013 3:36PM

    I like your goals!

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