Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutrition!

IMG_4876For years I have been primarily concerned with my training and race day nutrition. I would concentrate on what I ate before a workout or race, during and also after. I knew that to perform at my best, I had to make sure to fuel appropriately. That is why I have been using Hammer Nutrition products for years. I use a number of their supplements–Premium Insurance Caps, Race Caps Supreme, Tissue rejuvenator and Hammer Whey daily, plus Endurolytes, gels, Heed and Perpetuem during training. Finally I follow my long training with Recoverite. A good combination for some great race results. HOWEVER, (and it’s a big however), although I eat pretty well on a daily basis, I never really made sure to eat whole healthy foods chock full of vitamins. I ate well, but not WELL ENOUGH for someone training for ultra-distance races. I should have been clued in when I started getting sick a few months ago, but I didn’t really think about the role of nutrition until I spoke with a friend of mine who is both an ultra-runner and a chemist (Thanks Janice!). She talked to me about including more vitamin rich food into my diet in the form of fruits, vegetables, and even wheat grass shots. Unfortunately, I learned this information too late…I stopped getting sick, but I got injured….really injured…I’m trying to keep reminding myself that I learn from every injury. And I’ve learned a lot from this one…

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What to Wear in Changing Temps

I’m not sure what the weather is like where you live, but ours is at the point of drastic fluctuations every day, every hour. ¬†What is a runner to wear? #runnerproblems. ūüėČ

There are some great sources out there when you just can’t decide. ¬†Runners World has a “What To Wear” page that you can enter the conditions and they will give you some advice on appropriate attire.

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How you can exercise through the ages-your children’s ages!

IMG_2507As a parent, I have found that how and when I can exercise has changed over the years depending on the ages of my children. What I am able to do now, is very different than what I was able to do when my children were younger. Time available and what I’ll call ‘child neediness’ have influenced the type of exercise I could do and ability to train for races. In this blog, I’m going to review my exercise through the ages… my children’s ages!

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Are you running slow enough?

We all know our long runs are supposed to be long and SLOW. ¬†Running slow¬†will allow your body to build aerobic fintess, fat-burning capacity, and endurance. But, are you running slow enough? ¬†How slow is slow? ¬†Some sugget 30-60 seconds slower than your¬†planned race pace. Or more specifically you can¬†calculate running 50-75% of your latest 5K pace. ¬†Others go by heart rate and suggest you stay in zone 2¬†or¬†70% of your max heart rate, never enterting the “dead zone” 3.

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