For the first time in my life. It was awesome, amazing, and absolutely axhilirating. :) Yes, I did just spell a word wrong on purpose because I’m obsessed with alliteration.
I did it in 51 minutes. LOVED IT.
This Saturday I have a 5k race (aiming for a sub-30!) and then half marathon training starts in a week from tomorrow :D So excited!!
Yesterday I ran my second 5k race :) It was in West Virginia, so now I’ve officially ran a race in 2 states! My ultimate running goal is to run at least one race in all 50 states. I woke up feeling really terrible with stomach pains and nausea. I was so disappointed because I had a goal pace in mind of 10:15 and I just knew that with the way I was feeling there was no way I’d be able to reach that. But I put on a brave face and went with my roommate and her sister to meet up with their mom at the race site. It was cloudy and cool, but seemed like perfect running weather to me!
I warmed up a little bit and then headed for the starting line. The gun went off and I started jogging. My stomach still hurt the entire race, and even though I tried to push myself to my normal pace my body just wasn’t having it. With the last 2 tenths of a mile to go, I kicked it into the highest gear I could muster and passed 3 runners that had been ahead of me the entire race before crossing the finish line. I ended up with a time of 33:52 (10:55 mile pace). That means I improved on my mile pace by 16 seconds since my last 5k! I know I could do better but I’m proud of myself for beating my 5k time despite how terrible I felt. Imagine what I would have been able to do if I had been feeling 100%!! I’m really looking forward to my next race, which is in 3 weeks (and on my 22nd birthday!) and I’m looking forward to my training runs this week!
Did you have a race or fitness activity this weekend? How’d it go?
Have you ever felt sick during a race? What did you do?
When’s your next race scheduled? What type of race is it?
Yesterday I went to the Arnold Sports Festival. It’s the 25th anniversary for the expo that is held in Columbus, OH annually, but for me it was my first time! I was really looking forward to going because I heard that it’s a fun time and you get a lot of great samples and can try a bunch of protein bars, fitness equipment, and shoes out, as well as meet a bunch of fitness “celebs”.
I forgot to purchase tickets in advance, so I was stuck paying $15 at the door. (Advanced tickets are $10 online). Kinda pricey…but I figured it would be worth it. It was sooo incredibly crowded. I’ve never been elbowed or body checked by that many full grown men in my life and all without a single apology. Okay, maybe an apology for every 20 bumps but STILL!
It was pretty frustrating so my boyfriend and I decided to get in line for bodybuilding.com’s booth because we knew we’d get some free samples. The line took TWO AND A HALF HOURS!!! That’s worse than an amusement park ride! GEEZ! They only handed out two samples, definitely not worth the long wait. But then suddenly at the end of the line, Mario Lopez appeared! I’m a huge Saved by the Bell fan (Team Zack) and so I geeked out hardcore. Getting a picture with him was literally the ONLY reason I wasn’t completely pissed that I had waited in such a long line for hardly any reward.
(Me, Mario Lopez, and my boyfriend)
I got a bunch of other samples from various booths and also got to meet Amanda from Biggest Loser season 8 (my FAVORITE season ever!). She was so sweet and took a picture with me. By the way, I’m veryyy pale but compared to all the spray-tanned girls and guys at the Arnold I was practically a ghost! Sheesh!
(Is that man trying to eat my head??)
The two things I sampled at the actual event and liked the most were both products from OhYeah! Nutrition. One was a protein bar with m&ms that hasn’t been released yet and another was their protein chocolate milkshake (lactose-free)! It tasted delicious, not super heavy (which I hate), and didn’t have that much added sugar!
All in all, I was pretty disappointed with my experience since I paid 15 bucks to get in. It was very crowded until about an hour before the event closed. My feet were DEAD due to walking on the hard concrete floors. However, it gave me a lot of motivation to keep working hard in the gym and really inspired me to maybe one day become an amateur fitness competitor, or at least have the body to be able to compete! Also, I’m glad I get to try out a bunch of samples so I know what I want to order on my next visit to the bodybuilding.com online-store! Despite my disappointment, today I woke up wishing I could go back and do it all over again. I’m crazy :)
Have you ever been to the Arnold? If not, have you ever been to a fitness expo?
Switch Kicks: 70
Power Jacks: 30
Power Knees: 57
Power Jumps: 18
Globe Jumps: 5
Suicide Jumps: 9
Pushup Jacks: 6
Low Plank Obliques: 27
1. Eat lean protein at every meal! Athletes are more successful at losing weight with a diet that is 35% protein than a diet that is 15% protein. Protein preserves lean muscle while controlling appetite. Try poultry, fish, beans, lentils, tofu, quinoa, yogurt.
2. Eat a meal within an hour after running! Eating during this prime recovery window will aid in recovery and make high-fat snacks less tempting later on in the day.
3. Don’t skip meals or planned snacks! Skipping almost always leads to excessive snacking, especially on unhealthy foods.
4. Stay hydrated before, during, and after running! Often times people perceive thirst as hunger, drinking a glass of water when you begin to feel hungry can help you figure out if you actually need to eat or if you’re just dehydrated!
5. Eat food, don’t drink it! Drinking a glass of fruit juice won’t fill you up as much as eating the real fruit will. Plus, the real deal probably packs more fiber and takes longer to consume!
6. Avoid fast food! People who have lost a significant amount of weight and been able to keep it off for at least a year have one thing in common: most of them only eat fast-food for one meal a WEEK.
1. Eat Before: If you’re heading out for an hour or more, you should eat at least 30 minutes before you run!
Suggestions: whole-grain cereal with milk / honey on toast / oatmeal / bananas and peanut butter / fruit and nuts / granola / energy bars
2. Or Sip Something: If you’re not hungry enough to eat and only running 2 or 3 miles, you can substitute your pre-workout meal with a half serving of your favorite drink, preferably caffeinated!
Suggestions: black coffee / energy drink / diet soda
3. Carry Candy: If you’ll be running 75+ minutes, you’ll need to refuel during the run!
Suggestions: gummy bears / jelly beans / dried fruits and nuts / GUs / energy gels and bars
4. Drink While You’re Out: For runs <45 minutes, stick to water. For longer runs, be sure to drink a sports drink!
Suggestion: A diluted sports drink, ex) 1/2 water, 1/2 gatorade
5. Run to the Fridge: After you exercise, try to refuel within the “glycogen recovery window” (30 to 60 minutes after your workout is complete). This is when your body needs the nutrients in order to repair muscle tissue and replace glycogen stores! Eat something that’s mainly carbs but still has a little fat and protein as well.
Suggestion: smoothie with banana, berry, honey, and soymilk + 1/2 a tuna sandwich
6. Pour Chocolate: If you’re not hungry enough for a full meal after your run, drink chocolate milk instead! It has the perfect carb:protein ratio for a post-workout snack.
Suggestion: regular chocolate milk / hot chocolate made with milk / Carnation Instant Breakfast
7. Carb Up: Complex carbs are the perfect choice the night before a long race or a difficult workout.
8. Be Wary: Try to avoid products like meat, dairy, high-fat foods, and fiber too close to your long run.
9. Be Boring: Don’t try any new foods within 24 hours of your race!
10. Then Have Fun!: Eat whatever your heart desires after your super long run! You deserve it!
(Adapted from Runner’s World)