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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week 6

Another week and come and gone. Week 6 of my training is over. This week was another rough week. The weather wasn't good, the gym was closed, it was too cold to run outside, my new work schedule is taking up more time, etc.

I ran 16.54 miles this week. I was aiming for a little more, but I guess I should just be happy with what I actually got in. I burned 2610 calories. Pretty good. Nothing much has changed on the eating front...I guess I just need a little more guidance with this part of the training.

Today's long run was a killer for me. I ran 7 miles outside on a local 10k course (then we just added a little more to make it to 7 miles) with Positive A. I'm so glad that her and I have been doing our long runs together, b/c I know that I would never be able to run on a treadmill for that long. She pushes me when I need it, and I push her when she needs it. Positive A did most of the pushing this week. About 1 mile into the run I got a cramp in my stomach that just wouldn't go away. it was also cold out, and I couldn't find my beanie that covers my ears. I got this HORRIBLE headache. Then I became nauseated and light-headed and pretty dizzy. That all started around 3 miles...and lasted the REST of the run. It was NOT a fun run at all. I had never been happier to end a run...but, the good thing, is that I pushed through and completed it. I'm hoping for a better run (8 miles) next Sunday.

Anyone have any specific tips on nutrition during training for me? My diet is pretty bad right now. (Probably why I'm not losing anymore weight).


  1. I am so sorry that you got lightheaded and dizzy, I am glad you are doing better.The weather here has been awful, thankfully this week is going to be beautiful. Hopefully it stays like this for awhile. I am sorry you didn't get all your miles in but it wasn't for a lack of motivation it was circumstances you couldn't control.

    I need help on the eating front too. First I don't have much of an appetite but what I eat is bad.

    I hope this week goes better for you.

  2. Huh - seems like I see a common theme here.

    I recommend keeping a food diary, cutting back red meat the day before long runs, and making sure you hydrate properly. For a 5-7 miler ~ I would eat 1/3 of a banana, drink 6-8 oz water... then drink nothing else until 5 -10 minutes before I start the run.

    Of course, this was a lot of trial and error on my part to get here... might not be YOUR solution, but I'm happy to share what works for me.

  3. I agree on the hydrating - I can really tell a difference when I've hydrated well in the days before a run vs. the days when I haven't. My "go to" pre-long-run breakfast is a tablespoon of organic peanut butter on a slice of whole wheat bread and a banana about 30 minutes before I run. I found that I really cut down on cramping by eating at least a banana a day (for more potassium) even on non-running days!

    As far as the rest of the diet, keeping the food diary is a really good start. Look at what you're currently eating, then cut down on processed foods, eat more fresh foods & veggies, etc... Nothing you haven't heard before, but it's hard to implement, I know. Hate to be trite, but you know the old adage about fueling your body right for it to perform at it's best? Totally applies.

    Awesome job pushing through - I must say I'm impressed that you toughed it out feeling that bad - I would've had to stop!

  4. Thanks for the advice momof3 & Jenny!

    I'm so new at all of this, and just trying it out on my own, I feel like I'm lost sometimes.

    I think I'll try the banana a day idea, and maybe even try the PB on wheat before the long run.


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