I always say you can never see a city better than to run in it. This also holds true for getting a feel for the people of the area, even the neighborhood. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a friendly runner. I do a slight wave, or head nod at the minimum. Usually, I’m the one saying good morning, or sometimes striking up a conversation. I’m also the one who is disappointed when I don’t get a nod or wave back.
If you are expecting to find a blog about eating competitions, sorry this is not the blog for you! Instead, this blog is focused on proper eating during long distance endurance events, primarily endurance running events. I’ll focus mostly on running this time because iron distance triathlons, endurance swims and bike rides have different nutrition need and tips than running events although some basic principles are the same.
Nutrition is a vital part of training and racing–you know that, I’m not stating anything new– but most people don’t really understand what that means and how nutrition can impact your performance. In fact proper nutrition is often one of the most overlooked disciplines in training. Athletes are more worried about the workout of the day, hitting different intervals, and working in their training around their busy lives. Eating before, during, and after working out is frequently forgotten. As busy people we might grab a ‘bar’ on the way out the door or eat fast food on the way to work or picking up the kids from activities. However, nutrition is a vital part of successful training and racing.
We’re a few weeks in to the new year and it’s at about this time that a lot of people start falling off the healthy eating bandwagon. Heck, maybe you never even jumped on the wagon, maybe you just thought about it. Close enough. Wherever you are in your personal healthy eating journey, it’s probably not easy. I’m trying very hard to come up with new, interesting, and most important EASY recipes for my family and me. This is not an easy task for one who doesn’t enjoy cooking. Cooking doesn’t relax me, it stresses me out further. However, I still want to try to be healthy! What’s a girl to do?? Here are some healthy eating shortcuts that I stumbled upon mostly with the help of my FB friends. Thanks.
There is no Thanksgiving tradition I enjoy more than a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Our local one in Charleston is a fun 5K in historic downtown, that brings all the locals and tourists out. However, we usually travel for the holiday, typically to Nashville where they have an amazing 5 mile race called the Boulevard Bolt. This year, we found ourselves in St. Louis that hosts another great 5 mile run in beautiful Forest Park.
We are all now well into the new year, hopefully with a calendar full of health and fitness goal (notice the term goals, not resolutions…!). As we’ve said before, starting the year with a general idea of the direction for the year — or specific depending on how much of a planner you are– provides a framework for your weekly and monthly schedule. My goals this year involve working on my run and swim form and eating natural, unprocessed foods. I’ll talk more about my run form goal in a few weeks because I was lucky enough to win a free 12 week coach training plan through Withoutlimits Charleston for the bridge run in April. For now I’m going to focus on my healthy eating goal. Even though I’ve talked about it before, I started this goal back in October and over that time I’ve gotten pretty good feedback about whether or not it’s working!
I have to confess…I set some goals for myself a few blogs back and, well….I haven’t lived up to them. Oops. I want you to realize though that ‘failure’ at one goal doesn’t mean giving up. Many times people set high goals for themselves, maybe too high, and then when these goals aren’t reached the next step is to give up. To ditch all your plans and feel like a failure. Personally I don’t feel like a failure..a little guilty maybe (but that’s probably my Catholic upbringing), but not a failure. Where have I gone wrong and what can I do about it?
Whether we admit it or not, we are all addicts – addicted to some form of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instigram, Blogs (hopefully Miles with Moms)…there is so much good information out there, how could we not be? Some say it’s a time sucker, which it is. However, it can have some very positive influences on your training.
In my last blog, I talked about the importance of setting goals to guide your training for success throughout the year. This week I’m going to talk about a couple of tools/tricks to help nail your goal for that “A” race you have on your calendar. I’m telling this from my personal experience…achieving my goal time last weekend at the Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Did you make a New Years Resolution? So many people do make them, have great intentions about keeping them, but within 2 weeks they are all but forgotten. Usually I don’t make resolutions per se, I like to set new goals for the new year. I find that if I call them ‘goals’ I am much more likely to achieve them. Why is that? For me a goal is more attainable through a series of actions/steps that lead to an end result– a goal. Resolutions, on the other hand, are amorphous blobs of ideas with no clear path to an end result. For example “I want to lose weight”—um…how is that going to happen? This might be better stated as a goal: I want to join a Masters swim group and swim 2 days a week, ultimately swimming 500 yards without stopping. Boom— a goal that is easily measured and achieved.