My 8-miler was a success! 😀
I’m so happy I can say that after last week’s TORTUROUS 7-miler. I haven’t mentioned it before, but I have a history of plummeting blood glucose after long, strenuous exercise. I’ve struggled with this since 2000 when I first started running. Last week was also a struggle…I barely made it out of the shower before I was on the ground, calling for Mr. Prevention to bring me juice. I’m ashamed to admit all this because I deal with blood glucose for a living!!!! I learned from last week’s mistake and ran with some G2 this week.
In retrospect, Gatorade probably would’ve been a better choice, but something seems sooo wrong about drinking so many calories as you burn them! I want to eat those calories and enjoy them later, dang it! But, hypoglycemic events are not worth it, even for a foodie like me. 😉 I also brought a glucometer home. Just in case. Didn’t need it…but just in case.
I finished 8 miles in 90:22. I’m not thrilled with the time, but I’m thrilled with executing my plan from start to finish…a modified Galloway — 8 minutes running, 2 minutes walking. When I shared that I was going to attempt this 1/2 marathon, you all gave me the wise advice to do what I could and have reasonable goals and expectations. I think I implemented some that advice into my run today!
minute 1: 5.3 mph
minute 2: 5.4 mph
minute 3: 5.5 mph
minute 4: 5.6 mph
minute 5: 5.7 mph
minute 6: 5.8 mph
minute 7: 5.9 mph
minute 8: 6.0 mph
minutes 9-10: 4.0 mph (walk)
It worked out perfectly (watched Failure to Launch on TBS from start to finish!) and the only tough part was the last 10 minutes when I completed this circuit for the 9th time. 11:17 min/miles.
Question: Because I’m opting for a run-walk combination on my long runs, am I still labeled as a “runner”? How do you define running?
I’m not too keen on labels, but I was curious. You won’t hurt my feelings, promise 🙂 Way back when, when I was running 6:45 minute/miles, I would’ve scoffed at that old lady doing her run-walk stuff, too! 😉
But in all seriousness, if you haven’t done so, check out Jeff Halloway’s site. I really like how he talks about injury prevention with a run-walk approach. And, obviously I’m all for prevention 😉
In addition to my hypoglycemic episodes, I also wanted to show you guys what’s going on with my neck. It’s a good thing I went in…it’s not pretty.
So here’s a normal, healthy spine…
If you look at the center picture, and see how the neck curves to the right around C4 & C5. Well, mine curves to the left and is pinching the nerve on the inner portion of the spine. NOT FUN. My chiropractor said that I’m fine to run, but to ice it and not to push it physically. Another good reason to adopt this Galloway run-walk method for my long runs.
To celebrate the end of another long run, Mr. Prevention and I made Italian-style pizza served with Chianti, of course.
Toppings: 2% mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, turkey pepperoni, grape tomatoes, fresh garlic, and arugula. Our favorite pizza from Italy (minus the turkey pepperoni and plus bresaola) 😉
I’m off to San Jose, California for a diabetes conference this week at Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute. I hear we get to wear insulin pumps for the duration of the conference and simulate life as an insulin-dependent diabetic. I’m really excited and am hopeful that what I heard is true! What an enlightening, humbling experience. We shall see! But, expect to see some serious diabetic info coming up on the blog this week!
Random Question #1: Have you ever seen a chiropractor? If so, for what type of pain or injury?
Random Question #2: Have you ever been to California? Where did you go and what did you love most?
…And how are those DO What You DON’T Challenge goals coming along? I’ll be doing some yoga and weight lifting in Cali to stay on track! Hope you’re hanging in there…it’s already April 18th!!
See you in Cali,