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What to eat before a run?

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

ANY SUGGESTIONS ARE HELPFUL. :)

This is what I found on a forum on SELF.com -

"Hi I'm Andrea Chernus, RD, nutrition expert and exercise physiologist. All the replies so far have been good and right on! Also to consider: are you eating enough, and enough carbs throughout the day?? Runners who limit carbs experience extreme carb cravings from exercise. Are you well hydrated? The way to tell is if your urine is pretty clear the first time you go to the bathroom after waking. When we are dehydrated, sometimes that is confused for hunger. As far as eating before...everyone is different as to what they tolerate. The rule of thumb is 200 calories or less 1 hour or less before running. 300-400 calories 2 hours before. Liquids leave your stomach faster than solid food, so some people like smoothies. Quickly digested foods are better...like breads, dry cereal, toast, bagels, fruit. High fiber, high fat and high protein take longer to leave your stomach and may cause cramps or distress if eaten to close to running time. Having a snack or meal of carb and protein after your run helps restock your muscles with glycogen and helps repair muscles. Cravings sometimes occur when you don't do this.

Last but not least, you could also try drinking a sports drink during your run to supply more carb to your muslces, and prevent subsequent cravings."

But any specific suggestions of things you like would be awesome. :D

  
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LEONAMASHA 7/31/2007 7:28PM

    Thanks for the article...sorry, I can't give any advice, I'm just a walker that hopes to be a runner some time in the future so I will definitely be on the lookot to see what other people have to suggest...

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NEWSFLASH... I'm a moron.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Yeah, so... I was a very bad girl today. I went to the gym without eating or drinking before hand (rushrushrush) and I paid the price.

I fainted while I was in the shower. My first day running -- I KNOW better than that. I know WAY better than that. I have all the knowledge to fuel and hydrate myself properly and I didn't do it.

I've never fainted before -- it was scary.

But the good news is -- I didn't hit my head or break anything. I just fell. Hit my shoulder apparently because it HURTS. But yeah. Then I stood up and puked. Then I felt a million times better. But it still kinda freaks me out.

The lesson kiddies, is to always make sure you are properly hydrated and fueled for your workout, or it could be a lot worse than what happened to me!

Granted, waking up on the floor of a gym shower is not pleasant, but I'm not injured or anything. Just wiser.

And yes, I did to the Couch 2 5K today for the first time, and also put myself on the treadmill afterwards even though I was not feeling so hot.

Second lesson -- LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! It knows what's up.

Good news - the shoes felt great. :D The MP3 player was great -- AND there's a clock with a second hand in with the track.

  
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RUTHIE74 8/1/2007 12:36PM

    I went on my 3rd C25K run week before last (I took last week off cause I was sick so have to start all over again) and I forgot to bring water with me and it was mid morning and I just about keeled over before I got back home cause I was so dehydrated. I'm not an athlete so it didn't occur to me at all that I'd be so dehydrated in the matter of 30 minutes but you can bet I won't make that mistake either. Did anyone see you pass out in the shower? How long were you out for??

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WHATAGRL42 7/31/2007 2:00PM

    OMG that is so wierd, because I went to one of my personal training sessions yesterday, and didn't eat my usual high-carb breakfast, nor had I had enough water. Plus, what little I did eat (an apple and a small round slice of canadian bacon/ham) I ate at 7am. My training sessions start at 11:30 am. I got there, and got my BUTT kicked! I couldn't figure out what was wrong! I was tired, out of breath, dizzy, etc. I had to stop a few times and sit, because I felt faint. My trainer asked me what I ate for breakfast. I told her what I had eaten... and when. DUH. She told me I was a moron also. We do heavy-duty plyometric stuff, jump rope, work with ankle weights, and a variety of strength exercises with stability balls/ bosu, etc. So I DEFINITELY need fuel before a workout like that!

*sigh*

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LEONAMASHA 7/31/2007 1:43AM

    Oh dear! Glad to hear that you didn't hurt yourself! Girl, I sure hope you learned your lesson and will not do that again! (just had to say that, I want to keep reading your blogs!) Well, glad to hear that the shoes were good :) Now...you take care of yourself!!!!! Lotsa SP Love, Masha

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GUGIE76 7/31/2007 1:42AM

    omg - so glad you're ok!!! i fainted once before and it is scarey!!! i hope we're all reminded of the lesson you learned!!! take care!

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GOT THE SHOES.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


OH YES. My Holy Grail. :) hahaha I start the training tomorrow, I'm SO freaking excited. They feel amazing so far, although I haven't really done anything but jog back and forth in the store, but I see on Zappo's.com (the link) they have 123 customer reviews with an average of 5 stars in each category (Overall, Comfort, and Look). Now granted, I don't think they're "CUTE" but I love them. Can't wait.
http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/13319728.html

  
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LEONAMASHA 7/29/2007 11:03PM

    Woo-hoo! Time to go out and make those puppies work for ya! Enjoy!!!

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GUGIE76 7/29/2007 8:35PM

    i was thinking about you getting your shoes today - too weird...i wondered if you'd bought them yet cuz you said the end of the month - soooo excited for you!!!!! enjoy!!!!

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Ramblings....

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sooo I want to cut my hair again. BUT! I kind of don't...

For those of you who don't know, at the end of the year/when I reach my goal, I want to cut allll of my hair off. Because I've always wanted to but never wanted to have a pinhead on top of a big body OR look like a dude. I mean I'm already almost 6'2", the long hair makes me look more girly. So anyway. I was thinking I'd keep growing it forever until I cut it off, but here I am a little over halfway through the year and I'm getting antsy.

So maybe I'll do a halfway through cut. To satiate the haircutting demons that are bothering me. :) mreh.

I will have to ponder on it.

  
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HEATHER_MARU 8/1/2007 9:25PM

    Just my two cents - I'd wait on cutting your hair. I heard somewhere that the reason why most people (women) cut their hair is because they're looking for a drastic change of themselves in some other manner that is usually hard to achieve, so they go for the immediate gratification of hair cutting. I know I'm constantly wanting to cut my hair off, but then I think to myself, "wait until the weight is off. You probably just want to do it b/c you want to look different (thinner) and that takes time". Good luck with your decision.

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GUGIE76 7/28/2007 8:50PM

    lol - sounds like a plan - cut my hair last week and it feels good - not short at all - but fresh - and the end of the year year is a long time to grow it out more so you can shave it all off - wow!!!!

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TERRIEBNL 7/27/2007 11:29PM

    hehe, I thought I was the only one with a Beatlejuice head.

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LEONAMASHA 7/26/2007 8:44PM

    Hey, just go with the flow and do what you feel is good for you! Like it was mentioned below, make it a goal and GO FOR IT!

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*WHITNEYM* 7/26/2007 5:16PM

    That can be like your treat for reaching a goal. Maybe get a cute cut and maybe a color.
:)

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YAY!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I got an MP3 player!!! It's not waterproof, but it cost me only $20.00. Got it from this guy at my work who got it as a birthday gift, but his computer is too old (not enough memory) to put songs on, so he can't even use it, and I needed it for when I start running.

SO this Saturday, theoretically, I'm getting my running shoes, and then I can start the program next week!! SOO EXCITED!!!!!!! Anyway.

Later!

  
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MAGNETMAMA 7/29/2007 3:43PM

    I understand that is a really great deal... I haven't gotten that high tech yet. I still walk with a radio/cassette player and walk in tune with an oldie's station. :)

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TERRIEBNL 7/26/2007 12:51PM

    that's a good deal... what's up with him? LOL

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SWEETY8513 7/25/2007 5:35PM

    congrats thats an awesome deal and some great motivation! you can do this!

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