The levee that I run on in the early mornings starts in a beautiful park, crosses the river and runs alongside the river the rest of the way. Beautiful sunrises, fog settling across the water, and trees with every imaginable color leaf and flower. The levee is also home to a multitude of animals. On an average day it is typical to see geese, ducks, squirrels, birds, deers, otters, snakes and even jumping fish.
This morning, as I was running, an unleashed dog came sprinting past me. I won’t go on a rant regarding unleashed dogs but let’s just say it makes me super heated to even think about. So I was already a bit on edge. When suddenly, down below the levee path there was a movement. Suddenly, running towards me is a small, red fox. The fox runs all the way to the path edge, the fox looking directly me, not afraid of me at all. It’s almost as if the fox thought that I was going to feed it. I don’t even feed the over-zealous tame squirrels, there is no chance that I would feed this fox. The fox though, was beautiful, with a large fluffy tail. It was really amazing. I, unfortunately, did not have my phone to snap a picture, but in case you were wondering, this is what a fox looks like.
Just in case you were wondering, seeing a fox can symbolize many things:
In China, fox animal symbolism revolved around the afterlife. Lore has it that a fox sighting was thought to be a signal from the spirits of the deceased.
Celts believed the fox to be a guide, and was honored for its wisdom. The Celts understood the fox knows the woods intimately, and they would rely upon the fox as their guide in the spirit world.
In Japan, the fox was considered one of the rain spirits, and a messenger of Inari the rice god. Here the fox also symbolizes longevity and protection from evil.
In Native American lore, fox animal symbolism observes the fox as a wise and noble messenger.
In Solar Attributes, the fox is a reminder that we must utilize all of our resources (seen and unseen) in order to accomplish our goals.
And furthermore, the fox is a sign to be mindful of our surroundings.
So all in all, a fox siting seems to be a good thing.
When I got back home, Haili wanted to go for a walk with the pup. I really enjoy these times with Haili, just talking to her. Happy Monday!
Busy little weekend. Saturday morning was the Seaport River Run, and even though it was raining and humid, it was a terrific time running with the girlies and Amber.
Then returned home to help Bill clean out the garage. It was a monster project. Followed by a great nap, some shopping and dinner out at the Chinese restaurant.
This morning I slept in. Put in 30 miles on my trainer.
Followed by a mile swim at the pool with The Racing Mermaid, The Mermaid Son, and my girlies. Haili got in 550yds! She was so proud. And I am so proud of her drive. Watching her drink some Nuun electrolytes between laps was adorable.
Afterwards we washed up and headed down to the carnival so the girlies could spend some time with their little sister.
The girlies then had softball practice. They really have shown some big improvements these last two weeks, and I am proud of them. Haili pitched tonight, and looked really good. Grace got a few really good hits. They make me proud.
Then finally home for dinner, time by the fire, snuggling, planning my week and then GAME OF THRONES!
Week to come:
Also, decided to run the full marathon in Eugene instead of the half! Woo hoo!
Training for an Ironman is hard. But fueling, hydrating, supplementing while trying to keep your body healthy, injury-free, and improving is much harder (in my humble opinion).
Let me start this by saying that I love to eat. And I don’t love to eat salads, vegetables and lean meats. I LOVE to eat pizza, and nachos, and potato chips and above all these tacos (well, any Mexican food, to be honest). So eating healthy is not what I want to do. Training has always been a way to keep my body at my idea of my ideal weight while still stuffing my face with whatever sounds delicious and usually covered in cheese.
BUT… Fueling (eating, hydration and supplementation) is like the fourth disciple of training. I have to run, so I lace up my shoes and run on the path that is most exhausting, hit the hills although I hate them and focusing on every way that I can improve. I have to swim, so I spend endless hours in the pool, trying different techniques and ideas to improve my stroke, my form, my breathing. I have to bike, so I park my trainer in the living room, or I go ride in crazy traffic and I spend the time I need to in the saddle. But all of this is irrelevant if I eat and hydrate like a college frat boy. Fueling my body properly is what fuels my training, fueling improves my body composition, fueling is probably the key to it all.
So… This is where my eating has evolved to. At least right now, as this is always an every-changing process of understanding my own body and what it needs while not making me hate the process. I am not Paleo, I am not low carb, but I am trying very hard to be making good food choices and trying to eat as many “whole foods” as I can with limited processed foods. I will post another day what my typically daily nutrition looks like.
Nuun Energy tablet, at least 1, in 8oz water
Why: You lose electrolytes when you exercise and they are vital for hydration, Nuun replaces your electrolytes. Your electrolytes are sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Sodium maintains your fluid balance, potassium prevents muscle cramps, magnesium relaxes muscles and calcium is necessary for normal muscle function. Nuun also has caffeine from green tree extract.
BCAAs, 1 scoop, in the above mentioned 8oz water
Why: Replenishment of BCAAs increases the raw materials for muscle tissues, contributing to muscle building. When we do strenuous exercise for a lengthy period, the body begins to decompose proteins and consume BCAAs in order to compensate for insufficient energy sources.
Beta-Alanine, 1 scoop, in the above mentioned 8oz water
Why: Beta-Alanine acts a vasodilator, upping the oxygen flow to your muscles, and if that’s not enough, its main effects relate to carnosine, a molecule that buffers against fatigue in high intensity efforts. Beta-alanine has been shown to raise the amount of time that cyclists can spend riding at their maximum power output by about 12 percent.
Onnit Shroom Tech Sport, 3 tablets
Why: This is simply stated clean energy. It’s a combination of cordyceps sinensis mushroom, adaptogens, antioxidants, and methyl B-12. It is supposed to battle fatigue by providing cellular energy through the production of ATP rather than purely stimulant-based energy, and helping the body to improve oxygen utilization so you can go longer and recover faster.
Naproxen Sodium, 2 tablets
Why: Because I am an old lady and I have some aches and pains about 80% of the time, and this is what the pharmacist that I work with suggested to be the best pain reliever to use long term with the least risk for side effects.
Infinit Nutrition, 1 scopp every hour of training (click here!)
Why: I’ve simplified all my racing and training nutrition at Infinit Nutrition and have been totally impressed. They worked with me to create a custom-blended nutrition solution made just for me. It eliminated ALL of the gels, food and salt pills and they make my formula taste just like I want. Amazing company. Who doesn’t want their fuel to taste like Salted Carmel??
Nuun Energy tablets, 1 tablet every hour of training
Why: See above. I cannot get enough of these!
Why: Um! Yes! Coffee! Chocolate! AND so delicious. Aids in recovery. Has a jolt of caffeine. This has replaced my morning coffee. I love it!
Why: (I just started doing this after reading an article all about antioxidants, the way that they effect your body and that blueberries are the absolute best thing out there to eat for this to occur.)
Magnesium, 800 mg
Magnesium has a mile long list of benefits. But for me it’s simple. It reduces muscle and joint pain. It helps me sleep.
Onnit New Mood, 2 tablets
Serotonin has been shown to be a key neurotransmitter linked to mood, happiness, and positive outlook. Combining the two raw building blocks of serotonin, L-tryptophan and 5-HTP, with a converting catalyst, Vitamin B6, New MOOD provides the nutrients to help the body optimize serotonin levels.
Forts Calm Tabs, 3 tablets
This is the perfect combination for restful sleep.
Packet pickup is the night before at the expo. The Racing Mermaid picked up my packet, so no idea what this looked like.
Per usual, tons of water. We went to my stepsons baseball game first, which made it 7 hours in the car and two hours on the metal bleachers and snack foods, no Bueno. I left the game alone, drove the 5 hours to Wenatchee, arriving at 7:30pm. Ate a few tacos and was pooped. Not my best pre-race-day. I did sleep reasonably well. Race morning I had a honey stinger waffle, coffee and creamer, and plenty of Nuun & water.
Volunteers/Fluids/Spectators/Entertainment/Post Race Lots of volunteers. Water, and electrolytes (didn’t use them, nothing new on race day!! Post race was nothing special, medals and water. No bands or other merchants. Medals were huge and awesome. Shirts were mediocre.
The Actual Race
Started at 6:30a. Didn’t start off feeling awesome, my legs were heavy and slow from the start and just got heavier. Fueled as planned, hydrated as planned. But just didn’t get to where things felt good. I was happy when it was over. Also, saw another snake, this is becoming an omen.
It was The Racing Mermaid’s first marathon. A PR for Amber’s half marathon time and her boyfriend’s first half marathon.