What should I eat before I run?

what should I eat before I run?What should I eat before I run? It’s an important question to answer. What and when you eat before a run can make a huge difference in how you feel during the run.

Too much of the wrong thing, too soon before the run, can make you feel sick; while too little of anything can leave you with low energy. Either scenario makes completing the run more challenging than it needs to be.

It’s a lot of trial and error. And it’s very personal. Continue reading “What should I eat before I run?”

Week 3 of Marathon Training: The Hills Are Alive

Shelley's DiaryThe hills are alive…just ask my calves, quads and glutes!

Hills played a large part in this week of marathon training. This was in part by design and in part due to my neighborhood geography! Continue reading “Week 3 of Marathon Training: The Hills Are Alive”

Week Two of Marathon Training

 

Week Two of Marathon Training

 

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Week Two of marathon training was much like Week One, with a side of adventure and surprise! Continue reading “Week Two of Marathon Training”

Marathon Training: Week One

Shelley's DiaryWell, here we go! Who would have believed, when I started running in 2012, that I’d ever want to run a marathon? Certainly not me. Not even after running my first half marathon, which had also seemed out of reach for me.

But this year, for whatever reason possessed me, I decided it was time to make the marathon a goal. I chose the California International Marathon in December for several reasons; not the least of which include the opportunity to train with some awesome running coaches, and with friends who are also running their first marathon.

So here we are, 3 months away, and already through the first official week of training. Here’s how Week 1 went.

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Run, Brunch and Bloody Mary’s

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I can’t believe I slept in this morning! Well, I don’t know why I can’t believe it – I stayed up last night binge-watching Ozark with my son. (and it was the second time for me, so how silly is that?) I didn’t get to bed until after midnight. That used to be the norm for me, by the way, but not since I’ve started running!

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Three Reasons Runners Should Do Planks

When it comes to core workouts, most people think about crunches. But Coach Scott Young says that instead of crunches, runners should do planks.

When we think about core workouts, we usually think about crunches. But Coach Scott Young says that instead of crunches, runners should do planks.

We do crunches all day, especially if we sit at a desk, says Coach Scott. “When you sit up from a chair, you’re doing crunches, and that’s why people get back problems because (only the front) muscles get a workout.

The plank works the “entire wraparound area” – all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominus, the external oblique muscle, and the glutes.

Here are three reasons planks are better than crunches for runners:

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Running in the Dog Days of Summer

running in the dog days of summerHere we are in the dog days of summer. I assume they are called “dog days” because it is too hot to do anything else but lie around. It is arguably the hardest time of year for runners. Here in the high desert, the heat often couples with wildfire season (which is in full swing this year!). This can make it difficult to keep up with training and get in a good quality run.

My preferred way to deal with this is to beat the heat…by a couple of hours, anyway.  Early mornings are my favorite time to run any time of year. The best part about summer running, as far as I’m concerned, is the sun rises much earlier. It’s especially effective this time of year, when there can be a 20 degree difference between early morning and late morning. My dogs prefer it, too, since just about any other time of day is too hot for them.

But it doesn’t matter what time we rise to run if the air quality is unhealthy. Almost every summer there are wildfires in our area at some point. At these times, there’s no other choice…but to hit the dreadmill…er, treadmill!

Last weekend following a group run in the midmorning heat, Coach Scott Young gave us a little pep talk on treadmill running. “It’s a good way to get a high quality workout…in a controlled environment.” Running in the intense heat can bring on dehydration, which sets back your training while your body’s recovering.

The downfall, Coach Scott admitted, is that running the treadmill can be downright boring. So the best way to deal with that is to find a structured workout that will make it go by faster.

Just do a web search on your favorite search engine and you’ll find hundreds of ideas for treadmill workouts of varying lengths and intensity. I’m looking forward to giving this one a try:

What do you do to make sure you get in quality workouts during the dog days of summer? Please leave a comment.running in the dog days of summer