This is what I am training for

Not really, but if I was 20 again I might think about it.  I cant imagine how much stress you could get rid of after a day of soccer/football/MMA fighting.  If you could go back in time to  younger age with the knowledge and experience you have now, what wold you do differently?  I know I have made so many mistakes personally, professionally, and otherwise that I would love to change.  But if I did, what would the end result be now? Would I have my awesome wife and kids?  Probably not. Would I have the peace of mind and semi-contentness that I currently have?  Who knows.  I guess you could debate these things all day long and never get anywhere.  Oh the video link…here it is.

What else do I have to discuss today?  It is my second furlough day so while I get to kick it at home and get caught up on my PS3 gameplay on the new 55 inch LED/LCD tv, I don’t get paid.  I would rather be getting paid while playing video games.

I have had a few new good beers recently.  Drum roll please…

On the running front, I have been doing a lot of though regarding going to run the Denver marathon.  At this point I don’t think that the marathon is in my grasp, I just have not been able to get into the training like I should.  I know that I could go there and finish the race, but one thing I know is that you must respect the marathon and its challenge or it will bite you in the ass.  Never underestimate the marathon.  I know there are people out there who are able to run one a month, or even one a day as they cross the Country but I am not one of those freaks of nature. A back up might be the Grand Canyon marathon or half with eyes on the Sedona marathon.

Part of the resin I have not been able to hit my training is because of my SI joint flaring up once the miles started to increase along with an increase in intensity.  Due to this I was not able to do all of the races I told Jamba Juice I would do,however I have been going out and talking to people in various settings which I think would benefit the brand more than if I just ran a few races said hello and went home.  I notified the JJ people and their response was my contract calls for races to be run and I need to do what I can to achieve the # of specified races.  I get that, but they made no mention of the other efforts I have made to get the word out about their products and distribution of the coupons.  I feel like they need to step back and take a look at the bigger picture, but they wont.  In the long run that is their loss.  I will still hit a few small local races and get the info out, but I doubt it will be with the vigor I would have had.

I still love the Sof Sole socks they hooked me up with along with the insoles, quality products.  Check them out if you are in the market for some great multi-sport socks or insoles.

More help for running in the heat

I have had a few posts in the past regarding how to perform well while running in the heat. Today I came across a good article from Colorado Runner that discusses nutrition for running in the heat. I agree with the hydration and electrolytes information as I sweat very heavily and if I don’t watch it I will get severe cramps from lack of proper nutrition. I find that Hammer Nutrition’s Endurolytes work very well.  And since it is going to be around 115 degrees in the Phoenix area for the next several days including this weekend, what better time to read this.

One other thing I have found that helps with hydration, use ice chips in your drinks and eat them as you drink the beverage, especially if the drink is a sports drink-its a recovery Icee!  You can also be like us on Team Jamba Juice head down to Jamba Juice and get hydrated and all of your nutritional needs in one stop!

From Colorado Runner:

By Bob Seebohar – It’s getting warmer! Heat, sometimes combined with humidity depending on where you live, can throw you a good curve ball during these summer months of training and competition. We have all heard stories about athletes being taken to the hospital during a race for dehydration, or collapsing before the finish line or seeing white spots with a tongue feeling like sandpaper. I will say that those are extreme cases and ones that can be easily prevented with a little know-how nutrition for the heat know-how.

Sweat rate can increase up to 2-3 times in hot conditions. The risk of developing a heat illness increases dramatically and the body processes nutrients differently when the thermostat is turned up. All of these can lead to lousy training sessions or DNF’s during competitions.

Use the following nutrition recommendations to make your next quality training session or race in hot and possibly humid conditions a more successful venture.

Goal #1: Hydrate correctly. This is one of the toughest goals because it sounds so easy to do yet when it gets warmer, it is difficult to realize that fluid needs are increased. Add a little humidity so the evaporative cooling effects are less efficient combined with a higher sweat rate and this spells disaster for many athletes. I would argue that most DNF’s during summer month competitions are dehydration related.

Even though fluid needs will be higher, it is often difficult to consume more due to the heat, the shunting of blood and the body’s inability to process a significantly larger amount of fluid entering the stomach. When the body’s core becomes warmer, it effectively distributes the blood to the skin in order to dissipate the heat. This also redirects blood from the gut which can significantly impair your ability to digest and process the fluids you are drinking. If the environment is humid, it decreases the evaporative cooling mechanism as I mentioned earlier, which leads to a higher body core temperature which in turn leads to you not wanting to drink more to stay hydrated because you are either too hot to drink or because your stomach cannot process more fluids due to the reduced blood flow to the gut.

Either way, dehydration is inevitable. I would recommend beginning a pre-acclimatization process at least one month before competing in this type of environment. Wear extra clothes during outdoor workouts or travel and do some of your training sessions in a higher environmental stress. Using space heaters and a humidifier works well also if you cannot travel. Practice your normal fluid intake during these training sessions. Your body will fight it because it is hot but the best thing to do is to constantly remind your body of your hydration routine, even under this stress. It may also be necessary to increase your fluid intake if your sweat rate goes up significantly.

Goal #2: Use more electrolytes. With a higher sweat rate, typically – but not always – comes a higher electrolyte loss. If you fall into this category, there is not a sports drink on the market that will provide you the necessary electrolytes you need to replenish what you are losing. You should turn to using an electrolyte supplement (sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, magnesium) with your higher electrolyte-containing sports drink. Choose supplemental electrolytes that have at least 200 milligrams per serving and add it to you sports drink. If you decide to take it by itself, be sure to have at least 6 ounces of water handy to wash it down.

Goal #3: Eat less but more frequent. With warmer temperatures typically brings two things: the craving for higher water-content foods such as fruits and/or a reduction in the feeling to eat. Hot environments typically induce a feeling of satiety in some athletes. This could lead to improper fueling strategies before or after a training session. Your best bet is to reduce the size of your daily meals and include 1-2 extra snacks throughout the day. By sticking to smaller portions that contain more water-dense foods, you will be able to keep your energy level stable and not feel like you have to eat even though you are not hungry. Chances are you will be hungry but your body is playing tricks on you due to the heat. It will be tough to do at first but it will eventually work!

Hotter, and more humid, environments pose a challenge to athletes, especially during training but can be easily navigated by following the steps that I have outlined. The important thing to remember is that you need more fluids, electrolytes and water dense foods but at more frequent intervals. As the thermostat goes up, adjust accordingly based on your training load and sweat rate.

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Team Jamba Juice gear has arrived!

My team Jamba Juice gear, coupons, and assorted info arrived today.  So now I get to start being a real ambassador for the program, I am actually pretty excited to be doing it.  Maybe wearing the gear to the stores will score me some free juices at the local JJ’s (I’ll probably try it in San Diego as well).

By the way, the Sof Sole socks and insole are still keeping my feet feeling great as my miles increase.  Thanks again Sof Sole!

Team Jamba Juice!

I found out this week that I was accepted to be sponsored and run for team Jamba Juice this year.  I am pretty excited about it and glad to be one of their ambassadors.  It has given me a new focus and desire to train hard which I think I needed.  Cant wait to get the gear and start wearing it while I train and race.

I was really tired and sore today, the last thing I wanted to do was run but I got in a really good tempo run on the treadmill.  I felt so much better after I was done, a lot more tired physically but mentally better.  Josh Cox once said something like you don’t regret the workouts you get done, you only regret the workouts you don’t fit into your schedule (He was more eloquent, but I don’t have time to look it up right now).  That’s how I felt today.

I want this shirt ——-v

If you are going to run the Denver Marathon and have not registered yet, the price goes up May 31st.

I got a pair of Saucony Type A2’s this week.  Haven’t run in them enough to review.  Pretty darn minimalist shoe, very lightweight and flexible.

That’s about it for now.  Keep throwing down the miles people!

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