Brain Thoughts, Run to Remember and Race Recovery

 

Alright, whelp, prepare for a miss mash of of a post.

In regards to the whole Grain Brain book review, I have mixed feelings about it too like many of you do. I’m definitely not ready to make any crazy diet changes. I finally figured out what works right for me and I’m sticking with it. That being said, everyone is different and everyone’s needs a re a bit different.

The one thing I can agree on is that processed packaged foods are not good and it’s best to eat as clean as possible. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve learned a lot from past mistakes. I also love reading and learning new information.

But, in the end, it’s your body and you choose what to fuel it with. Some people have intolerances and some don’t. And sometimes it take a few experiments to figure it out.

I need a lot of carbohydrates. That’s just me. I also think fruit is healthy and I’m not giving it up anytime soon.

But I will keep an open mind when reading about nutrition and health and add a few more good fats in my diet and supplements to help my brain and see what happens from there.

See, I’m getting smarter by the minute. Ha ha.

Okay, enough on that. Just like Amy said, I don’t want to focus too much on “extreme” pathways because that’s just not good for our brain either. Amy- you’re smart!

Smile

I’m currently eating some sweetener free roasted kabocha and

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I had a pretty darn fabulous Vega protein smoothie to go with it.

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I mixed some vanilla Vega Sport protein powder with some egg whites, unsweetened almond milk, instant espresso, cocoa powder and ice. Delightful.

 

Moving on.

I revised my recap post on the Marine Corps Marathon With the Runner’s World Challenge.

In my delirious, post marathon, flying across the country state, I neglected to accurately describe the most memorable, emotional stretch on the course- the “wear blue” mile. Among the many runners who were running in blue for fallen military, there was a specific stretch on the course where they had pictures of KIA military and American flags every few feet.

It was incredible. Words can’t really describe the emotion out on the course.

The Wear Blue: Run to Remember website is here with more information.

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Oh shoot, and I totally forgot to announce the winner of the 21 Day Sugar Detox Book Giveaway. Chosen by random.org the winner is:

#12 Ali

Woo hoo!

Ali- email me your mailing information and I’ll get your The 21 Day Sugar Detox Book to you right away!

 

We’ve been doing a lot of recovering so far this week. Recovering hasn’t always been my strong, but I’m working on changing my ways.

I read this really great Runner’s World article the other day with some great information:

How to Recover From a Tough Racing Season

 

I especially liked these two tips for short-term recovery the week after the race.

Treating race day like a car accident, giving your body time to heal with low-impact cross-training and yin activities like restorative yoga. Because running is a high-impact sport, racing hard or frequently demands equally intense recovery. You’ll gain more by doing less with activities that are easier on the body. 

Throughout the week, continuing to be active with short, easy-effort, low-impact activities (20-30 minutes elliptical, cycling, restorative yoga). The goal is to get your circulation moving and focus on mobility (foam rolling, massage) rather than train or burn calories. Your body needs downtime, especially in the first week after the race.

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I’ve been taking their advice and sticking to low intensity activities. I’ve never thought of the whole “treat racing day like a car accident” thing. Gives it perspective.

So, we’ve been doing the family walk thing trying to keep up with my men around the park.

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Don’t mind the lint on my pants. Lovely.

We spent some good quality time together enjoying the crisp fall weather and feeding the ducks.

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STUFT Daddy taught us a little something. You want to know how to tell if a duck is a girl or a boy?

Boys have a tail with a little curl. Girls are duller in color and don’t have a curl.

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See the curl and the pretty colors on this guy? Yep, it’s a boy.

I know you’ve always wondered………

Smile

 

This morning I went on a little shake out run on the treadmill.

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Very short, very slow, but it felt good to loosen up the legs a bit (and to be reunited with my good friends Kelly and Michael).

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By the way, I’m super excited about their Halloween show tomorrow, is anyone else? They have THE BEST Halloween show every year.

 

Okay, well, I’m off. Time to give my men the rest of the day.

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I promised them we could try on their costumes and we haven’t carved pumpkins yet, so we better get to it sometime tonight, right?

I don’t have a costume for tomorrow, but I do have some pretty cool Pro Compression socks.

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That’s all I need, right?

Oh and yeah, a certain someone is trying to not make eye contact in hopes that he won’t have to dress up tomorrow.

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I don’t think so Kitty.

Enjoy your night!

 

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    Natalie says:

    I actually wore the wear blue to remember shirt. I was honoring a friend’s husband who was killed in action back in 2006. That 1 mile stretch broke my heart though. It’s just so sad.

    I am back at it today though. I lifted and I am going for a little shake-out run in a few.

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    You are amazing! I just wanted to say that. :)

    I’m glad you’re taking the time to recover this week. I really do think that’s important physically and mentally. Thank STUFT Daddy for me on the duck info. I feel smarter now! Also, I agree 100% on your food choices. I really think we are all different and we really need to find what works for us. I could never go without fruit or kabocha. Seriously, how could we live without kabocha…that’s just silly.

    Last thing, I don’t know why Kitty thinks he can get out of wearing a dress. He knows what’s coming! Hugs my friend! xoxo

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    Dana says:

    I totally agree with your thoughts on diets! I feel like people take it to such extremes and don’t necessarily listen to their bodies, but instead listen to different people telling them to cut out whole food groups, chicken, diary, etc. I believe in eating as healthy as possible and eating the foods that not only make me feel good but that I also enjoy! Although I try not to eat wheat/gluten as much as possible, I believe everything in moderation :)

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    So jealous of those compression socks! I too went on a walk today, though I can’t run due to injury it was fun to just take the pup out for a walk and enjoy the outdoors. I am going stir crazy with all of this recently!

    I really hope to buy the 21 Day Sugar Detox Book when it comes out! Looks pretty awesome to me!

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    Sarah says:

    Kitty is so darn cute!!

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    Michelle Kim says:

    I love love love the very short, slow runs after a tough race. The shake-out feels amazing!

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    Allyssa says:

    We carved our pumpkins the day before Halloween also! It had just gotten so busy and the end of October came before we knew it!

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    So I am kind of full panic that Randall’s is going to run out of kabocha soon…I have only 2 left in my fruit bowl, so can you ship me some from CA??? Just kidding…Congrats again on the run and I’m so happy for you!…Happy Halloween!

  10. 10

    Ah, I always love the family pics – so sweet!!!!! Kitty cracks me up!!!!

    I like your approach to the brain grain thing – we all are different! :)

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