Friday, September 30, 2011

Five for Friday

1. This has been another crazy week at work. Some of it interesting, some of it just necessary. Long hours too, so I feel quite far removed from what’s happening in the outside world. One person I work closely with works from home, and the last few days I’ve been getting emails from her super late at night, like after 11pm. Sometimes I wish I could work from home, but then seeing that reminds me that it’s nice to have the separation between work and home. While I’ve been extra busy at work, I’ve been trying extra hard to disconnect from work once I leave. I owe it to myself and my husband.

2. If you read my training recap on Monday you’ll know that I’ve been having issues with stomach cramps post long-runs. Yesterday I even got them after running only 6 miles, which was an issue because I had to go to work and couldn’t curl up on the couch all day like I did last Sunday. I’ve tried eating different things the night before, the morning of, during and after. And still, cramps. I did a little research on RunnersWorld.com and they suggest not having dairy (unless it’s yogurt with live cultures), high fiber foods and cruciferous veggies within 24hrs of a long run. I’m going to try to make this work for my long run on Sunday, which is going to be 12miles. I really don’t want to spend the afternoon on the couch in pain. So, my question is, have you ever suffered from stomach cramps after a long run? How did you stop them and then keep them from happening again? Do you restrict any specific types of food before a long run?

3. I just read THIS article in the New York Times and it absolutely infuriates me. It’s all about the unnecessary tests doctors order and why they do it. Researchers surveyed primary care doctors around the country and of the 600 responses (a 70% response rate, which is huge), nearly half believed their patients received too much care. That means too many tests, too many prescriptions, too many procedures. And we all know that translates to super high medical costs. No wonder healthcare in this country is so out of control. I’ve had to deal with a lot of medical expenses over the last few years and every time I go to the doctor a battery of tests are performed. It drives me nuts that the doctors are saying they do them because we want them, or because it’ll be faster. Faster shouldn’t be the deciding factor – what’s right should be. I suggest you read this article and then question your doctor on every test they want to run and every medication or procedure they prescribe. Then go for a run, eat healthy foods and try your best to quit any unhealthy habits you’ve been trying to rid yourself of. We can’t control everything, but there are some things we can do to keep ourselves healthy and strong (and save some money at the same time).

4.  We have a family friend arriving tonight from DC and staying with us for the weekend. Actually, I baby sat for her and her little brother a few times many, many years ago. I’m a little nervous because I have not cleaned a thing and run a few errands. Thankfully she’s not leaving till after work and won’t be here till close to 11pm. She has some meetings on Saturday, but I feel bad since I have to go for my long run Sunday morning. I don’t want to ignore our guest – but thankfully she’s really low key and we’re planning brunch afterwards. As long as my stomach doesn’t keep me down. We haven’t seen each other in years so I’m really looking forward on catching up with her. She lives such an exciting life!

5. As exhausted as I am from work and training, I am really excited about one thing. Woody and I got tickets to fly to Denver and visit my awesome Aunt and Uncle in November!! They’ve probably been there for a decade now and we’ve never been out to visit them, so it’s about time. We also don’t see them often but I really respect them and appreciate their guidance about a lot of things, so it will be nice to spend a long weekend with them. Plus, we’re always up for exploring new cities.

  • How do you change your diet before a long run or race?
  • What do you have planned for this weekend?
  • If you could get on a plane today and go anywhere, where would you go?

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Yesterday’s workout -

  • 6mile run
  • stretching

Today’s workout -

  • stretching (rest day)

4 comments:

MrsQ said...

Oh, I want to hear how Denver is... My hubby and I may be moving out to that area next summer!

Gina; The Candid RD said...

I worked from home for about a year and while it was great at first, I got really lonely after a while. It's just not all it's cracked up to be. Maybe if I had a baby at home, to have another human at home with me, but not for me at this point in my life!

As for the cramps after a run, I doubt it has to do with dairy. It may just mean you are eating too much before you run, or too soon. Or maybe too much fiber.

Lauren said...

Cramps, hmn. Are you giving yourself enough time to digest what you eat before the run? Make sure you are keeping a food log. We're headed to New Orleans with kids this weekend. Excited to be going back. Denver is a lot of fun, enjoy.

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