Monday, April 6, 2009

Because I Just Now Have the Strength to Post Again

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, I ran 12 miles. That is 19.3 kilometers. That is a lot.

Surprisingly, it was a good run. I felt good; I felt strong. I kept a very good rhythm until about mile 11, when I started to really feel the fatigue. Mile 12 consisted of a lot of walking, but I managed to trod to the end at a pretty good clip.

There are no words to describe how much my legs and abs hurt on Sunday. Honestly. No words. The bottoms of my feet felt like they had been shattered with a jackhammer, too. Lotsa pain.

What frustrates me is the fact that I can not get my eating under control enough to see any real weight loss results, even with all this exercise. I just seem to eat to make up for the extra calories burned. I'm not gaining anymore; at least I'm maintaining. But I'd like to see a loss.

Admittedly, I have not been journaling my food like I should. I guess I'm going to have to start doing that again. It's just kind of a hassle. eh.

Oh, and PSA: Race to Witch Mountain is a decent movie. It's not awesome. Don't pay more than matinee price to see it; but I think it might be worth seeing it on the big screen. Dwayne Johnson is hot.


Yasmin said...

Um, step back from the Rock, he's on my list...

The eating is hard. Have you ever trained for anything like this before?

One thing I'm sure they're telling you is that carbs are your friend. Are you eating something right after your run? If you're spending more than 1.5 hours out there, do you have a recovery drink? (even chocolate milk?)

I gained ~17lbs (I'm saying 12, that 5 were muscle) when I started training for an Olympic Distance Tri. I couldn't figure out eating to save the life of me then.

Protein is a biggie. You, as an active person, want to try to get a 60-20-20 ratio (Carbs-Protein-Fat) in your meals and daily.

Sorry this is so bloggy. Feel free to email me or send a shout out if you want more of my "attended a sports nutrition seminar once" advice (Dusty)

Nena said...

Dusty! Don't you dare apologize for a long comment here! I'm always happy for comments/advice.

Yes, I did an olympic distance tri four years ago. I gained weight during that training, too; but I didn't train nearly as seriously as I am this time. I don't think I was mentally ready for it.

I am definitely eating carbs. I haven't been using recovery drinks; if I had it to do over, I would. I'll definitely have something ready after the race.

The protein-carb balance is tricky for me. It seems like I'm always craving either one or the other; it's hard to eat a good balance. Lately it's been carbs. I could eat a plate of spaghetti tacos right now.