Seven…in heaven?

March 8, 2010 at 8:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I made it!!!

If this was a yogAHHHH pose, it would be “Runner’s Sun Salutation” (with 7 fingers displayed).  Seriously ;).  For the first time in MONTHS, I didn’t have to layer and bundle up, I didn’t have to wear a warm hat and I didn’t have to be covered from head to toe.  Amazing.  It was warm enough for just a moisture-wicking top, pullover and capris.  It was even warm enough for shorts, which I kicked myself for after getting out there.  Oh well.  I have a feeling spring is FINALLY on its way.  There will be another day fit for shorts.

Sam and I left one car at one end of the bike path and the other car at the other end.  We decided it would be better to run in a straight line, so getting from one car to the next was the motivation!  In case you were wondering, 7 miles is also the length of my daily work commute, so running it took on a whole new meaning.  The first 4 miles were great — the sun was out, we were keeping up a great pace, everything was wonderful.  We stopped and took our GU at that point and then after just a little bit of walking, got back to it.

The next 3 miles were terrible.  I can’t be sure what it is, but my stomach began to cramp and I had to stop to walk again.  I think it may have been the GU.  I did the “shot” kind and swallowed it down in about 3 gulps.  Maybe skipping the chewing part of digestion was a bad idea?  It felt like a rock in my stomach.  I had to exercise some serious positive thinking to make it all the way to 7 miles, but I did it!  *phew*

I weighed myself when we got home and found that I had lost 2 pounds (of water, obviously) during our 1 hr+ run.  Interesting.  So, following the Runner’s World article I found a while back after my scary experience, I drank 16 oz. (1 pound) of water for each pound lost.  Good to know.  I definitely didn’t expect it to be as much weight as it was.  Eye-opening.  Or pore-opening.  Eww, gross.

Last night was especially fun because Sam’s grandparents (who live in town) and his brother and brother’s girlfriend met us out for dinner.  My birthday is coming up and they wanted to celebrate.  I know you’re asking yourself how I managed this dining experience with my “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama” March rules, but I did A-okay!

We went to Lui Lui’s, a local Asian “fusion” restaurant.  The owner is a friend of Sam’s grandparents and I knew I could trust her food.  The menu was extensive (Asian, Italian, American styles) and I asked a lot of questions.  Poor server didn’t know she was going to be playing the “Name That Food Neurosis” Game Show.

After a few obstacles (we couldn’t be sure what was in the rice noodles of my usual Chicken Paad Thai :(), I ordered the Pepper-Seared Rare Tuna.  Tuna has a mama, so check on that.  It came with veggies (grow in the ground — check) and rice (grows in the ground — check again).  I also had a house salad to start (the picture came out too dark to post :() with homemade house dressing.  I avoided the bread basket because I’ve learned my lesson with bread…can’t be too sure, better to just leave it be.

Those are carrots spelling out “Happy B-day!”.  I took them home to use them in my salad for lunch today, haha!  There was also wine with dinner — exempted from the challenge, of course ;).  It was a wonderful meal and a great time with family.

This morning’s breakfast kind of pales in comparison!

The usual suspects: Kashi cereal, skim milk, Green Monster Smoothie and coffee with organic half and half.  All within the “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama” March challenge guidelines.

Whew!  Long post!  I’m off to do morning things and walk the monsters.  Stay tuned for a “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama” March week 1 wrap up.  Have a great Monday!

What’s your take on energy gels?  Do they ever upset your stomach?

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  1. Glad the first 4 miles went so well. I hear you regarding the stomach troubles… a huge problem I deal with on long runs. I have found that any of the goos (Gu, Clif Shot, Power Bar Gel) all cause me to cramp up in the gastrointestinal sense. However, the Clif Shot Bloks aren’t as bad. Three cubes are equal to one Powerbar Gel (not sure about the Gu), so during peak marathon training I would eat 1 blok every half hour (the directions say 3 to 6 an hour but more than that bothered my stomach). They are like square gummy bears so you have to chew them. Also, I found that chasing the Gu or Shot or Blok (or whatever you are eating) with a sports drink caused intestinal discomfort too. Chasing it with straight water helped me a lot. And finally, eating a banana and chugging some water 1 to 2 hours before I would head out (and no other food) really helped with minimizing the intestinal cramping. Good luck!!

  2. Thanks for the advice — I’m going to pick up some of the Clif Shot Bloks this weekend. The stomach cramping just caught me so off guard! I was more annoyed than anything, it was getting in the way of a truly good run! 🙂


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