Another week into this journey of training. Another week of small numbers for mileage. I was ready to go this week after letting my calves heal up. I started off the week strong with a 5 mile and 3 mile run. Unfortunately I got sick on Thursday night. I have a very sensitive stomach, so every couple months I get really sick. Most likely a build-up of eating foods that I am unknowingly allergic to. I actually am in the process of going to a naturopathic doctor to figure out what is going on. This problem also carries over to feeling full too soon and not being able to intake enough calories for when I am doing longer mileage weeks. With me being sick, I was not able to move around much because my stomach was still pretty beat up for a couple days. I did do a 5k on Saturday with my friend and my nephews, but we walked 90% of it and it was a struggle. C’est la vie! Like I said last week, it is a process of trial and error. Some weeks are going to be great and others you wish you could do over. It all is part of the journey and I am learning to take the setbacks in stride.
Training schedule (7/17-7/23):
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 5.3 miles
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: 3.5 miles (sick that night)
Friday: Sick day
Saturday: 5k fun run (walked most of it)- Sick day
Sunday: Yoga 30 min and walked my dog for 2 miles
Total: Running- 8.8 miles, Walked 5 miles, 13.8 miles all together
This week for nutrition and hydration I used Probar bolt chews, Hammer gels, and Gu hydration tablets. I like to eat the Probar bolt chews before my runs if I run in the morning. It gives me energy for the run, but doesn’t make me feel heavy or full. I always eat a full breakfast after I get back from my runs. I used the Hammer gels for my 5 mile run on Tuesday. Any run over 5 miles, I try to eat a gel. I want to train my body to be comfortable eating gels every couple miles so when I run longer miles it will not upset my stomach. I used my hydration drink on my 5k run on Saturday. I was still pretty dehydrated from being sick on Thursday (as well as it being muggy outside), so I wanted to make sure I was getting some fluids in my body.
Things I learned this week:
- Stay hydrated- It has been really hot the past couple weeks and I have not been drinking enough fluids. Especially after I got sick, I tried to make sure I was drinking extra fluids to rehydrate. I could tell the difference in my runs when I am hydrated. If I don’t drink enough fluids in the week, I get really bad cotton-mouth when I run.
- Rest when needed- Same as last week, giving your body the times it needs to heal is key. If you don’t let yourself heal, you can put more stress and damage your body.
- Eat better food during the week- If you are kind to your body, it will be kind to you. I have not been great with my daily nutrition outside of running and it has taken its toll. Knowing I have a sensitive stomach, I need to be careful with what I eat. I need to eat a healthier diet with more vegetables, less processed foods, and less sugar.
Hoping this week I will FINALLY get back on track with training! My plan is to try and run at least 20 miles this week, do yoga twice this week, and make sure I eat more healthy food options to keep my stomach happy.