8.29.2014

Fueling my Runs

Happy Aloha Friday!

How is everyone in the world doing? Me...just swell! I have been sleeping more the past couple of weeks, eating well, and trying my best to stick to my running plans. My mileage has been increasing, my yoga time decreasing (I should try to do something about that), and my fueling changing.

Today when I say fueling I am not talking about what gels, sports drinks, etc. I may use while running. I am talking daily fuel. Yes, my breakfast, lunch, and dinner fueling. My smaller snacks have fallen to the wayside. I used to have a morning and afternoon snack but now, not so much. My fueling has changed not by a mental decision but by following my gut....literally.

It is not a new occurrence to me but when my miles start going up my tummy starts saying no to things. Like coffee. I can no longer stomach the taste of a cup of coffee. It was sad for a minute but I have discovered the wonders of herbals teas for the Keuring. I bought a variety pack from Amazon (yes, K-cup shopping on island is quite limited) and darling daughter and I have been having a hay day! I also picked up a pack of plain green tea and another pack of a nighttime tea. I drink that most nights to help keep me asleep. It works really good....when I drink it!

Another thing that has gone to the wayside is my almost daily nightly snack of graham crackers and peanut butter. I just don't want or crave it anymore and that is okay. In all reality, I have been consuming less peanut butter and prefer almond butter now. I really need to get a new bottle for at work since mine is all gone and I love a dollop in my daily oats.

That brings me to...what am I eating?

I tend to eat a bowl of steel cut oats every day for breakfast...at least every work day. On the weekends I make waffles. I love waffles! But back to the oats - I do one serving of oats (yes, I measured it out to find how much it would be) and add cinnamon, bananas, berries (I keep a good stock of frozen berries at all times and I usually eat blueberries), and a dollop of nut butter...when I have it. This is what I start my day with and I eat it at work. The only difference is if I run longer than a mile I will drink a protein drink on my drive into work. I go for VegaSport since it is dairy free.

For lunch I go with a salad most days. Again, I mix things up on the weekends. I pre-make my salads and then make sure I have an added protein with chicken I have cooked, tuna, turkey sandwich, hard boiled eggs (not too much though since my tummy can only eat so many eggs), or a bit of leftovers from dinner.

Dinner time is scheduled ahead of time when I make our weekly menu but we did stick to a few tried and true meals: turkey tacos with homemade tortillas, pasta, Chinese chicken salad, chicken and veggies, fish and veggies, homemade soups (usually bean)....

I don't eat as much bread as I used to and that is okay. I am getting carbs in other ways and it wasn't a deliberate decision...just my body is craving more freggies and proteins....that's all.

Sweets are pretty much non-existent except for those special occasions when I make a cake, cookies, muffins, or cinnamon rolls and then yes, I enjoy every bite!

I am happy that my body naturally craves healthier foods when I run more. I love that I am drinking more tea and less coffee and no, I do not sweeten my tea. Yuck! Sorry if you like yours that way. I grew up in southern Texas and we drank our tea plain...or with lemon if we were being fancy. And yes, I bring a mason jar full of ice tea to work...with lemon squeezed inside!

Have you noticed your food desires change the more you run?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for herbal tea K-cups.
Daily Affirmation: I listen to my body and that makes me stronger.

8.28.2014

Body Glide and Diaper Rash Cream

I am a kindrunner ambassador and as a special thank you gift, they sent me some Body Glide. This product wasn't new to me and I was very happy to receive it since my bottle was getting low.

But now the confession.

First, you should understand I don't apply Body Glide for all runs. Typically just my long runs and races. But I got lazy or forgetful and started applying less and less while on vacation. I got the chafing and painful reminder that this product does make a huge difference in running and taking a pain free shower later on. I got back on track with applying my Body Glide.

Chafing used to be a huge problem and I learned to apply Body Glide on my skin and on my garments along seam lines, rough edges, etc. After 972 days of continuous running, I know where my weak points are and make sure they are protected. I would finish my runs with no wounds and life was wonderful. Until about a month ago.

I did my long runs with Body Glide in all the right places and have been getting chafing wounds in new places. I got more diligent about applying the protection on skin and fabric and then another new place would show up. I was taking painful showers, darling daughter was noticing my patches, and I continued to analyze out what was going on.

First, I went to less moisturizing soap. Perhaps my skin is too soft. That didn't make a difference so I really sat down and thought about what was I doing that was different. New clothes? Nope, not linked to just new running clothes. Old clothes that are broken down? Nope, not just linked to older clothes. It didn't matter what I wore. I kept analyzing and then it dawned on me. The only difference is that in the past month my long runs of 16, 18, 19, 22 miles have been indoors on a treadmill. Aha!

Yes, I have a fan blowing on me but I truly feel running outside with the breezes aids in some of the wicking capabilities of fabric. I truly attribute the chafing to me getting sweatier not the product itself. After all, I have used Body Glide for years and have always been happy and this only means, chafing will be an issue with long runs on the treadmill.

But all clouds have silver linings - through past experiences I have discovered that diaper rash cream is the best thing ever to apply to chafing. It keeps the shower water away from the open wounds resulting in less pain and now I look for those red marks before taking that first post-run shower.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for Body Glide and diaper rash cream.
Daily Affirmation: I love my analytical mind!

8.27.2014

Pineapple Waffles

Dear hubby loves pineapple upside down cake and I hate to waste anything. So the last time I made him his favorite cake for a surprise it made perfect sense to use the pineapple juice in waffles! Okay, no it didn't. At first I told dear hubby he could use it in his smoothie. He makes them every day but when two days passed and the pineapple juice was still there, I dreamed up pineapple waffles! Just writing this post is making me want some more. Perhaps it is time to surprise dear hubby with another pineapple upside down cake! Although I am sure these waffles would be even more delicious with crushed pineapple chunks inside. Anyone want to guess what kind of waffles I will be making this weekend????

Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/4 cup oil
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tsp baking powder (please note: some baking powders can me made on equipment that may contribute to milk contamination)
4 tsp brown sugar (optional)

Steps:
Really easy. I plug in my waffle iron and do a quick squirt with oil to prevent sticking. I then toss all the ingredients into my mixing bowl and mix. By the time I am done measuring and mixing the waffle iron is hot and ready. I then put about 3/4 cup of batter onto the iron for each waffle and make sure I have berries throughout.

Servings: Makes about 2-3 waffles depending on your waffle iron size and how big you make your waffles.

P.S. Dear hubby did ask about that leftover pineapple juice about a week later. Oops....snooze and you lose!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for family.
Daily Affirmation: I may not be the woman I was years ago and that is okay. I am a better woman today. I am worthy.

8.25.2014

Maui Marathon: T-27 Days

Race day is just around the corner and I can't say I am overflowing with joy. Don't get me wrong, I am excited and I want to race but I am also nervous. I have even stated that this race is my nemesis. You can read how I did last year HERE.

The pain of last year is still fresh. Texting my friend saying I am dying is still fresh in my mind. Her words of encouragement still uplifting. The tears as I crossed the finish line and huddled against the wall for a few minutes still sting with the thoughts running through my mind....this is my second slowest marathon ever!

Let's take the Honolulu Marathon out of all of this and just look at this course. Last year was my third time to run it. I have done it each year from my first marathon in 2011. My times have been 4:46:40, 4:36:16, 4:39:46. I have a smart coach who recently pointed out to me that last year my time was only about 3 1/2 minutes off. Oh...in my mind it was so much bigger.


Negative thoughts are powerful and they can take hold of you...myself included. I have been told I am always so positive. Well, sure. I'm positive when I am not beating myself up unnecessarily. I can give into negative thoughts just as well as anyone else but I strive to not let them take hold of me.

Like today. I was at work feeling tired. I could barely hold my eyes open. My head was pounding and I was thinking all kinds of pitiful thoughts until it hit me. Why am I doing this to myself? If I think I am tired, I will feel tired. If I tell myself I will get over it, I will get over it. And I did.

Weekly miles starting 3/3/14
Running is a mental game as well as a physical game. I have been running hard and training well. Do I wish I could do more? Always. Have I done better than ever before? Yes. Am I tired? Yes. And that is okay.

Last week I ran a few less miles than I should have according to my plan. I have no regrets. I was tired and mentally fatigued. I needed to rest. Saturday I ran my long run of 16 miles and realized my dinner the night before was a mistake. I couldn't fuel on my run. I took no gels and drank limited sports drink. Thank goodness I was at home running on the treadmill due to necessary pit stops. It took a lot out of me but I got it done and I am stronger because of it.

T-27 days. Race day is just around the corner. I will focus on getting my mental game in check and I will continue to sneak in some extra go to bed early nights. Sorry dear hubby. I am tired. I need sleep.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful I can run.
Daily Affirmation: My mental game is getting stronger each and every day!