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A little R & R

I know what you’re thinking. I have been getting too much rest and relaxation lately. If fact the bathroom scale this morning told me that I have been getting too much rest and relaxation lately. The lack of mileage has caused be to gain some pounds. This morning it said 174.2. If my long term goal is to PR at Boston in 2012, that I am going to have to reverse this trend. So, today I had the other kind of R and R.

First off I headed to the aqueduct for an easy 10 miler. Once I warmed up I felt pretty good. There was a some headwind, but the miles started to click by fairly quickly: 8:20, 8:02, 7:53, 7:52, 7:51. 1/4 of the way into the 5th mile Lauren appeared. She had come late and run out to join me. She turned around and ran with me. As we finished my 5th mile, I decided that we were going a little quick – faster than Lauren’s marathon goal pace. So when we headed out we tried to dial it back a bit: 8:11, 8:13, 8:19, 8:06 and 8:13.

After the run I headed home and showered. Then I got on my bike and rode to AV Physical Therapy. 10 miles in 39 minutes. Cheryl met me there so I could put the bike in the back of the van and change for the clinic.

Kendall did an excellent presentation on nutrition for athletes. One thing that really made sense to me was that the ideal time to take in energy before a race was 4 hours ahead of time. I have been saying for awhile that it seems that I do best when I get up really early and drive to a race rather than sleep in till the last moment at a local hotel. I find that getting up early and eating and drinking and driving gives me time to get stuff digested before I have to start to run. I often have trouble on the early morning long runs due to lack of energy from not eating, or due to gastric distress due to not having had enough time between eating and running.

Having Cheryl at the clinic may have been a mistake, however. When Kendall asked if there were questions, Cheryl had a few.  “Dale like to put salt on things and says that it is okay due to all of the exercise, is this okay?” “Is Diet Coke a good thing to drink before a race?” I have to give Kendall credit, she gave very diplomatic answers: make sure I am getting plenty of fluids with the salt. Diet coke is obviously not ideal, but in your case, it does give a mental edge – confidence….. I have tried to give up diet coke, but have not found a suitable substitute. I like to have something cold and refreshing, in the morning, with some caffeine. I am trying to maintain or lose weight so I do not want to drink calories. Iced tea just does not taste all that good.  Currently I only have diet soda once in the morning. I also typically drink it if I eat out. I do not keep it at the house.

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