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School aches and Pains…..
Every year is a learning curve. Every year is different. Originally I was scheduled to teach Kids Yoga on Monday nights. At first, I was disappointed when the class was cancelled due to lack of participation. Now, I am exceedingly grateful.
Monday night is a good night to stay home and recharge from the weekend. At the moment, the kids spend the day with their grandparents or with Dad, and Monday night is ‘adjustment’ night. Monday night they are back at home with me and they are usually tuckered out from the weekend. I am also a little tuckered out from the weekend, as it is hard for me to fall asleep on Sunday night. I am still not used to this empty house……….
In order to try to eat in a healthier manner, I fix a big meal right at 3:00 p.m. It makes sense actually. Just as Dr.D recommends in one of his earlier books, eat like a King in the morning, a little bit less at lunchtime, and eat like a pauper at night. We will have a small snack close to bedtime, and hopefully- everyone will easily fall asleep.
Tuesday morning comes with an early 6:48 A.M. bus stop for my oldest. Eating appropriately at the right time makes sense. However, the rest of the world, does not.
Two weeks later:
Okay- it might be easier to just keep this document consistently on and sit down whenever I can to record my thoughts.
Great weekend. Over 30 running buddies of mine got together to ‘race through’ the woods. I pushed myself harder than I have every pushed myself before. More importantly, it was a great community experience with many of us striving and reaching. One of us broke his arm after a fall, but he kept on and finished the race. (Ouch).
Crazy = you say? Yes. Also a little symbolic. All of us felt empowered. Two of us raced all three races which equaled about 57 miles total within 3 days. Could we do it? Yes.
Were we overjoyed when it was all said and done? Yes. Are we ‘family?’ Yes.
Now, if I only I could figure out how to naturally supplement during these races. I hated cheating and taking those energy gels, drinks, etc which are full of bad stuff. I even drank some Coke during one of the pit stops!
(Insert curse word, here.) I swore I wouldn’t do that, but when you are running for 57 miles and there isn’t anything natural available – you do what you gotta do.
So let’s review.
Week before – ND checked out my blood cell results. 7 things out of balance. Not horrible, not right. Time to fix it before disease sets in…. Started taking my supplements to get ready for detox later….
3 days before – Ezekiel noodles, bread, millet whole grain, oatmeal, etc. Carb loading with fruits, veggies and some protein.
Friday morning- adjustment by chiropractor. Feels great. Loosed up neck and back, improved communication between brain and spine.
Friday night – iced the ankles. Only 6 miles.
Saturday – ran 15 miles. Arches needed support so duck tape was used (I know, I am a geek) Ice bath afterwards. Good carbs mostly (little bit of cheating, not much)
Desperate for energy. Took 3 hammer gels (corn syrup- yuck!), one protein bar (desperate- would have crashed without it), multiple water and recovery drink stops (Heed) and even two glasses of cola (Oh no!)
Iced legs immediately after the race. Literally sat down on the ground and just laid bags of ice on knees, hip flexors, inbetween kneecaps, etc. Shoes came off immediately!
Hot shower Sunday- so sore could hardly sleep. Got adusted Monday with chiro. At 3 p.m. – whoa- exhaustion finally hit.
Tuesday – brain fog – functioning ok. Easy one mile run in grass.
Wednesday – Thank God I scheduled time for an afternoon nap. Thirsty ad hungry. Tuna, whole grain bread, some bad fats (forgive me, I can’t cook yet. )
Easy one mile run in dirt.
Tomorrow needs to be a normal productive day. People tell me to swim, or at least get into a hot bath once or twice- work out the lactic acid build up. Meanwhile, my skin is suffering from all of my effort last weekend. Canola oil after the bath. Love the stuff.
Today – lots of green tea, fresh fruit and veggies- I am getting to that store! If only I had bought my juicer already- I think it would have come in immensely handy.
Thanks for reading.
Maybe you could carry little to go packets of honey? It probably doesn't have everything the energy gel has, but it does have energy.
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