Week in Re/Preview

Overall, I’m pleased with the week’s numbers:

dailymile January 14 to January 20, 2013
dailymile January 14 to January 20, 2013
  • Monday: 2 miles on the Treadmill, 16.75 miles on the FitDesk
  • Tuesday: 5.1 mile run
  • Wednesday: rest
  • Thursday: 8.29 mile run, 12.13 miles on the FitDesk
  • Friday: 20.41 miles on the FitDesk
  • Saturday: 3.2 mile run
  • Sunday: Rest

I could use more strength training and yoga in my life. Definitely yoga… but it’s so hard to fit it in!

I did my long run during the week, I think that’s going to be my approach for this whole training cycle. Yes, it means I have to makeup work time in the evenings, but it works pretty well.

In the past, I’ve always had a tough time fueling long runs. That’s really kept me from reaching my full potential, I’m sure of it. Some of the fueling trouble is a mental block due to ED issues. Trying to think about how many calories I’m consuming and how to burn them off is exhausting. It’s also a messed up approach to distance training. But another part of it is the fact that I have a finicky digestive system, something that got worse postpartum.

On Thursday’s run I tried Powerbar Gel Blasts during the run. I found them annoying to chew up while running. And when I hit mile 7.6, my stomach started cramping up. It hurt so bad and I couldn’t get home fast enough. Although, the faster I tried to make myself go the worse the pain got. And here’s where I’m going to be gross… but I imagine plenty of other runners have had issues so I may as well throw it out there. I LITERALLY just about crapped my pants when I was one house away from mine. (Which would have been a fairly decent place to have that happen if it was going to occur, right?) So I rushed in to the house and I felt sick for a couple days after. It tore my insides up.

Last week I experimented with Island Boost and it was awesome. So easy to get down (especially compared to traditional gels) and I felt perfectly fine after taking it. I really feel the need to experiment with that product more.

I think I mentioned it in my post on Island Boost, but the creator was diagnosed with Celiac disease after she started running. Apparently running caused her body to process the gluten faster and caused more problems. I am not saying that I have Celiac disease or that I’m gluten intolerant. In fact, I don’t want that to be true… gluten is in good things! But I do think there must be some kind of problem in my diet and running causes it to affect me more quickly.

I downloaded the app Food Allergy Detective and will try to track when I eat potential allergenic items and when I have symptoms. My husband told me to go see the doctor. I told him, “But she’ll probably just send me to a gastroenterologist!” He looked at me and said matter-of-factly, “Then you go to a gastroenterologist.” He’s right, it isn’t as traumatic as I make it out in my head. But I hate doctors, I either go and have a problem worse than I thought or I go and they treat me like I’m whining about nothing at all.

I have had troubles with getting sick my whole life. When I removed milk from my diet when I was 11 or 12ish, that made a big difference. I wasn’t as sick every single day, but still have had more than my fair share of problems. When I started training for a marathon in 2007, that was the first time that I have experienced the extreme problems that I’ve started to have. At first it came on when I did runs that were 15 miles or longer. But now it seems to hit me on shorter and shorter runs. It’s terrible when it comes on before you could have even finished a 5K.

In other, completely unrelated news… on Sunday I took an hour for myself (while Alex screamed for my hubby and refused to nap) and did this to my hair.

purple hair

I mentioned that I’ve always wanted to do something like this to my hair… well, I did it! I used a henna hair dye that washes out in 2-4 weeks. I kind of love it!

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8 comments

  1. tracking using the app prior to seeing a doctor is a really good idea. The more specific detail you can give the better. You will probably still see a gastro, but at least you will already have done the legwork they will probably ask you to do anyways. Also, about celiac, there is a blood test so you don’t even have to see a specialist until you’ve been diagnosed 🙂 Good luck with the detective work while fueling!

    • @Britt Thanks! I was kind of thinking they would probably send me away after an appointment to try tracking this stuff anyway, so I may as well come in with as much info as possible, right?

  2. I like Powerbar Gel Blasts before a swim, but they tear me up if I take them and then run. I like on the Powerbar gel’s so I was hoping these would work too…alas, it wasn’t meant to be. 
    Love the purple. 🙂

  3. It’s taken me lots of time to figure out what sits well in my tummy. It takes a ton of experimentation. So far, in the gel world, I like hammer best since they seem to have less extra sugar. Picky bars are great for per race nutrition for me. But I also find race nerves and monkey brain really get to me- my regular nutrition plan went to pot during a high nerves race, and I lose my appetite entirely when monke brain gets going, even on training runs. Monkey brain is that mean little part of my brain that tells me how awful I am. I’m working hard on trying to figure out how to get away from that monkey! (So far, I’ve found that trail runs and beach runs help with that!)

  4. Tried ucan superstarch? I’ve just ordered the test pack, but still haven’t tried it. They’re sales pitch sounds good though + there are some positive reviews.

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