Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday's Run and Mean Dean

Went out and did the 2.25 mile/25 minute run with no walk break that I mentioned Saturday. The first mile went pretty well, but at the 11 minute mark I got a stomach cramp that I thought was going to force me to start walking, but I powered through and it eventually subsided.

When I run during the week, it's usually on an almost empty stomach. Last night, however, I ran about a half hour after eating some sushi. Lesson learned: I should wait more than a half hour after eating a meal before going on a run.

From this point on, the Couch-to-5k plan gets a little simpler, but not easier. Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday will all be 25 min/2.5 miles.

I picked up Dean Karnazes's new book, "50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days" yesterday and just started to read it. I really enjoyed Karno's last book, "Ulatramarathon Man" because of the running/racing anecdotes and I hope "50/50" contains a lot more of the same.


PointSpecial said...

Way to power through when the going got tough!

And I know what you mean about eating... I struggled with that back in college with working out a bit. I would have class right up until I had practice, and I was starving so I wanted to eat something, but it couldn't be too much, otherwise I wasn't worth anything at practice!

I also have been thinking about what I'm going to do pre-race for my 5k. In 2 of my 3 races (two 5k and one 10k), I didn't eat anything before... and I really felt it, especially during the 10k. I have about an hour drive to where I'm running (unless I stay at my parent's, which I may do, and then it will only be about 20 mins), but I need to actually get some nurishment prior... just not too close to the race!

Michael said...

For me, if I think I've eaten too much, I worry about it when exercise and then it becomes a problem. I'm also not much of a morning person, so by the time I run, I've eaten throughout the day. If I had a morning 5k, knowing my stomach, I'd probably only have a 1/2 cup of yogurt and a half of a banana and a small cup of coffee. If I had a 10k, maybe a bowl of oatmeal or cereal with fruit.