Sunday, October 31, 2010
Beach Running is HARD
I, quite stupidly, kept up a very malnourished diet this past week, and today's run was my smack in-the-face wake up call to make sure that I pay attention to my intake. Since I was out of town all last week for work, and then caught in the usual back-in-the-office mess of this week, I failed on several occasions to make it to the grocery store. Now that I think about it, I wonder what I DID eat all week. (...it's a blur of fast food kebab lunches and sandwich dinners...) I definitely committed a big no-no by skipping meals, and with that, key sources of energy and nutrition. It all caught up with me tonight - my leg muscles cramped at only a block from the house. I stuck to my #1 rule in training - BE UNSTOPPABLE - and ran through it, but holy Moses, that was painful. (PS - I know that it wasn't due to a lack of stretching because I rarely ever stretch before I run. In fact, a recent study published by the USA Track & Field proves that stretching doesn't necessarily prevent injuries, and vice versa.) My body was screaming for vitamins and fiber. So, I trekked to the grocery store after my shower, stocking up on my usuals, and scarfed down a slice of baked tilapia and cooked carrots with a glass of Malbec and slivers of chocolate to top it off when I returned home. I do feel slightly more human once again.
"The Top 7 Foods for Runners" were numbers 2 and 4. *Sorry, that article's from 2006, but I'm sure the fundamentals are still the same today. I'll save the healthy eating tips for another day. Just remember, "The more color on your plate, the better!" And seriously, I have read more times over that chocolate is good for you, so I don't think twice about indulging in the milky sweetness at the end of my meal. And you shouldn't either!
So, back to my title...
at 11:55 PM