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18.5 miles today (in before wind storm).  I don’t really have too much going on, just midterms taking over my whole life at the moment.  So I have decided to take a stab at reviewing these tasty gummies.

I tried out these Clif Block Shots.  I have also test tested other gels like the Strawberry-Banana Powerbar.  Way to sweet for me.  Plus I cant run with a bottled water.  The way I let my hands “hang” like they’re holding potato chips wont hold a bottle water.  I’ve dropped my ipod so many times because I don’t like to grip things running.  I find that it makes my arms stiff and I exert too much energy that I could use in my legs.

This is what I tried, Black Cherry Flavored.

After the first 6 miles I popped one in and tried to chew it.  It was kind of too big.  Small people have small mouths lol.  At 6.5 miles I popped another one in and chewed part of it and almost choked, so I decided to just stick it in my cheek and see if it dissolves in my mouth.  That worked.  At mile 12 I popped one more in my mouth, stuck it in my cheek and let it dissolve.  Mile 15 I popped my last one in and let that dissolve.  I’m pretty sure you don’t HAVE to chew these. I chew gum when I run, but this does not have the same consistency as gum and I ended up drooling a bit trying it the second time and pretending it was gum.  I also loved the fact that it had 2 servings of 100 calories and that I could space out my consumption.  Also holding it was real nice, its lightweight and like a stick.  I am pretty sure i can stuff a few in my sports bra haha.  Getting them open was a pain, I had to use my teeth (yeowch).

How I felt during the run, like I can conquer the world.  One block has 33 calories and a little kick of caffeine.

After the run I did some stretches for the hamstrings and the hip flexors (I have a history of tendonitis in the IT band).  I also rolled my foot out with a frozen piece of Jimmy Deans Sausage (I recommend this over a frozen water bottle) as I also have Planters Faciitis.  I got that in October and got it under control and it’s been acting up since I got tripped at my last race.  I also did a 20 minute session of runners yoga from Yogadownload.com *ahem*theyhavefreestuff*ahem*

I also got extremely nauseated after I ate (1 1/2 hours after I completed my run).  I am pretty sure that waiting 90 minutes to eat after a run like that was a dumb idea (after doing some googling).  It really didnt hit me until 4 pm.  I was half passed out for 2 hours.  Finally ate dinner, which wasn’t much.  Got hungry after 2 hours so ate a little bit more (my watch said I burned 1700 calories…like I don’t think I will be able to make that up in one day lol).  Half hour later I was doubled over with my face in the toilet.  Needless to say the nausea went away for the most part.

I don’t know if it was the shot bloks, or if it was waiting that long before eating (I do this a lot because of scheduling), or if it was from the fact that I kinda went fast (but I felt fine and I was on a flat surface so I assumed my faster pace was a result), or it could be that my blood pressure was extremely low (I have had problems with this in the past).

Question to all those who read my posts or stumble upon it:  Have you ever gotten sick from your long runs?  Have you found a cure to this?  I am open to any suggestions.

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Today’s weather….sunny with a chance of pelting rain.  Yup that was an enjoyable 10 miler of pelting rain that pretty much blinded me for a few minutes…did i mention there was a lot of oncoming traffic?

Back to Budget Challenge….I ended up buying stuff yesterday at the cafe and some more stuff today from the cafe. I might be over on my account now (I really have no idea anymore my meal plan got changed so many times).

I also made this nomtastic oatmeal cake from Love Veggies and Yoga.  She has a lot of awesome recipes I want to try. And she also has a link to a yoga site that you can download some free PDFs and audio (yogadownload.com, check out the poses tab)

I changed it up a bit:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Packet of apple cinnamon oatmeal
  • 1 bannana

Directions:

  1. Mash Banana (microwave it for a max. of 10 seconds if it came from the fridge, its so much easier)
  2. Mix both ingredients together. Split the mixture in half. (it makes 2 servings!)
  3. Place 1 serving of mixture in a microwave save bowl.
  4. Microwave for 90 seconds.
  5. Let it cool down a bit and harden before removing from bowl
  6. ENJOY! (I need to be more consistent with layouts lol)

I also found out today that I might possibly have a protein deficiency. I mean I usually have dry hair, my nails show that I’m not getting enough (This fortune teller last fall told me this). Although I think I may have gone overboard with the budget thing and forgotten how to eat healthy. Did you know your ankles swell up when you have a protein deficiency? I didn’t know that! Also that your gums bleed more easily (this happened last night). So I think I need to start taking things in a new direction.

These past 2 weeks I have learned a lot I guess, like planning my meals in advance and planning them according to what my schedule is going to be like for the next couple of days it will still be edible.  Also I need to start eating healthier. Budgeting =/= cutting out certain nutrients.  I mean yes, I’m not going to the extreme on this, but hte fact that I’ve been buying the cheaper stuff (things with lots of carbs) has probably thrown me out of balance a bit.

I am a vegeterian also, so this probably is also a challenge concidering trying to come up with meals that fit my nutritional needs as a competitive runner (60% carbs, 20% protein, %20 fat, at least from what I’ve always seen/heard/read).