I pulled out my pink Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s because they are all the rage at the moment, since Wendy Davis was able to stand in them for 13 hours straight.
I figured running for an hour would be a piece of cake. I was right. Sort of.
The shoes were great, the weather was not.
I ran as slow as molasses, like every step was through knee-deep mud. And I was like, “this is what summer training is all about!”
We get stronger for the fall, but boy, it is not easy slogging through long distances when the temperature is soaring.
I have been messing around with my diet a bit in the last few weeks to prepare for these grueling summer runs.
I have almost cut wheat out of my diet, but not quite. I find that I need a bagel, a slice of pizza or a beer to make my life complete. (Here is more information about why a wheat-sensitive runner would want to cut back or eliminate wheat.)
When it is hot I tend to get more digestive issues than I do in the winter months, so doing this is my humble attempt to keep my stomach happy.
Since replacing wheat with oats, quinoa, rice or corn, I have noticed a couple of things:
- I run much happier
- I am more alert in the afternoon when normally I would be drooling beside Charlie on the sofa.
- I am eating a lot less processed food and a lot more vegetables.
But, like I said, I am not going to be able to be all strong and go GF on you guys. I just can’t do it.
What I can do is add more nutrients to my daily eats, and so far that has been a breeze.
Best Price Nutrition was kind enough to send me a few samples of some of the supplements they sell for endurance athletes.
I had this Perfect Food from Garden of Life chocolate powder in my smoothie yesterday. Believe me, it is not for the faint of heart, because the taste of greens is quite strong. But I did feel quite alert after drinking it, like for the rest of the day. My suggestion would be to add it to a smoothie with a banana, some milk and perhaps a bit of agave.
Today I mixed some of this Nova Forme CytoGreens powder into my smoothie, post-run.
I added some frozen blueberries, whey protein powder and almond milk.
Again, this is serious stuff; I was really able to taste the greens. But like the Perfect Food Greens mix, it is best mixed with other ingredients. In fact, in both cases I recommend you not using a full serving each time, just to cut the taste a bit while still getting some of the nutrients. Plus, you can spread your intake out over the day while still getting the same benefits.
I am planning on taking this Beta Peptide by Empyrean Nutrition before my long run tomorrow. I am really hoping it helps me to make it mile 16 in this oppressive heat.
I will let you know how it goes.
Overall my training this week has been in the so-so department due to the heat and the summer blahs.
But I am going to have to get myself back in gear, because I have another race lined up for the fall.
Most of you who have followed me for a while know that I was not a huge fan of this race, which I ran in back in 2011.
This time I signed up for the Half instead of the Full; in addition, some of my running friends promised that the race was much better organized last year compared to the year I ran it.
(I lost my gear check bag in the madness of the start, ended up in the wrong corral, and generally struggled my way through a sea of half-marathoners who were locking arms and stopping to walk every few minutes without moving to the right. For like 8 miles.)
But, my friends, hope springs eternal. Plus, I love San Francisco. So I’m going back with a great group of running friends to take another stab at the hills.
And anyway, I think in the last two years I have grown exponentially in my running maturity. Meaning that I take myself much less seriously now.
IT WILL BE FUN. DARN IT.
I will dig deep and find some of my strength from Youngest, who insists on doing things like carting 35 pound containers of kitty litter around Costco.
“Mom, mom, mom. Let me get it. I can carry it over the cart all by myself!”
“Yes, but it is heavy. I’ll do it.”
“No. I’ve got this.”
Have a great weekend!