Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Weather Turns

Fall is here. It was 40 degrees when I set out to run this morning. First time wearing pants and ear coverings! I used to think I couldnt live in a city that didn't have a changing of the seasons, but I'm starting to reconsider. A taste of both would be nice....Chicago in the summer & spring, and just maybe, Tucson or someplace in New Mexico for the winter. Time will tell.
I have my first 20-miler this Saturday. I haven't done one in a year! I'm trying to work out the nutrition part. My friend, Fred, who got me into running races three years ago reminded me of his recommendation of Accelerade before each run. I had tried it, but gave it up because the watered-down creamsicle taste didn't do it for me. He told me to tough it out and try it again. So I did...this morning before my 5-miler to the hills. Well, I don't know if it was that or the fact that I've been eating only fresh fruits and veggies these past few days (lean proteins too) but every mile felt great.

So my plan is to have Accelerade before my run, carry half gatorade-half water in my water bottle, somehow get a Naked fruit drink halfway, and Endurox for my recovery drink. The gels will be my next try if this doesnt work. I just can't do the sweet beans. The sugar doesnt make me happy.

The weight keeps dropping :) Ten more pounds and I'll stabilize. It's hard to stay with only veggies, fruits and lean proteins, but I'm hoping that will get easier in time. BadBen mentioned a juicer in my comments, so I'm thinking that would be a great purchase-----it's always somethin' eh?

10 comments:

Jessica Deline said...

Oh how I love my Champion Juicer. And brr! I'm not a fan of the cold... hence my move to Cali :)

Firefly's Running said...

I used Accelerade last year during the marathon. BIG mistake!! I ended being dehydrated in the ER after the marathon. Not a good thing.

Good luck on the 20 miler!

Papa Louie said...

I hope your nutrition works on your 20 miler. I use 2 gels and water only and it has worked on my recent 4 20 mile runs. I also will do 20 this saturday. Have fun.

neese said...

your prep plan sounds good to me lora, i love the photo :-) cute as a button ;) and i see you have a garmin forerunner too!! yeeeah... post your digits on the 20 miler :)

Mike said...

BRRR...it's like someone flipped a switch eh?! It is definitely cooler in our neck of the woods too....
Congrats on the weight loss success- that is AWESOME!!

Travis said...

Thanks for the great comments!! I am a big fan of this weather. I love throwing on a long sleeve shirt and a stocking hat and getting some mile in. Looks like you are dialing in your nutrition for the long runs. I have yet to be able to do that yet. After about 4 hours I dont want anything.

Todd said...

Accelerade? Really? drinking Accelerade makes baby moses cry.

I been there done that and well I find it just plan nasty. to each there own I guess.

Good job on the weight lose. you will have to teach me your secrets.

yeah you do not want to get Naked in this weather just too cold. ok if you really want to then you can hide in somewhere on the course. It all depends where you will run your 20 miler. When I did them around my house I would just come home every 4 miles. if your on the lake front then hiding it would not work but going back to your car would. just a though.

Ryan said...

Lookin G:o);o)D. Yes fall is in the air..this is the best running weather..cool & crisp! I wish you much success on your 20 miler this weekend...have fun and enjoy yourself!

robtherunner said...

Good luck on the 20 this weekend. I am starting to wear long sleeves in the morning, but I have not had to use gloves or pants just yet.

Deb said...

Good job! Isn;t it cool when it all comes together? Nutrition is sooo critical. I believe you really can't do just one thing...it's got to be exercise AND nutrition. Looks like you're all over it! ;)