Okay, here’s a fact: I have to increase my food. Not a lot. Just some. If I’m going to run five miles, I can’t keep eating what I’m eating and expect to have enough energy. Period.
First of all, I have to eat after I run. How could I have been so stupid to have forgotten this yesterday? I guess I was preoccupied with Puzzle’s walk, so I forgot. I have no record of having had anything except for a little milk, either that or I forgot to write down what I ate. That is not enough. The trainer at the gym told me I should EAT something after a workout. So did Frank. So I’m going to make a point of remembering this. Especially now that I plan to increase my distance. And I need to drink water or Gatorade, too.
Today when I work up I was a little sore from yesterday’s extra seven laps, so I didn’t know how today’s run would go. I was still congested from this bacterial tooth infection thingy I’ve been dealing with for over a week now. That and I’m reasonably certain–now–that I didn’t eat enough yesterday. I really, really, really need to eat after I run from now on. I have been so lazy.
So this is what happened at the gym. I walked 1/4 mile at a good clip, then ran 2-1/4. I ran well and with confidence for the most part, and I was not sore or weak in my legs. But I found that my body was fatigued quickly, so I stopped running and walked 1/2 mile, making it three miles total (this took just under 38 minutes–I’m proud of my timing here). When I got off the treadmill, I didn’t feel right. I knew I needed water right away. I drank two bottles of water from the water fountain, the first quickly, the second over a longer period, and stretched. I still didn’t feel right. Not at all.
I purchased some Gatorade. I went to the drugstore, and purchased a packet of six cracker sandwiches. I figured I needed the salt. I ate the crackers at the supermarket, seated on a bench, and washed them down with a little of the Gatorade. I went grocery shopping, feeling tons better, but not 100%. I felt okay to go home with fluids and food in me.
I ate when I got home. Then, later, I ate lunch. I am going to put salt in my food on warmer days and when I go to the gym, where I run in a 70-degree environment. Maybe I’ll salt my food all the time. I feel like I definitely have enough food in me now, but I still don’t feel 100%.
One of the things I purchased was a carton of eggs. I boiled them up a little while ago. I am going to have an egg every day. This will be one of the foods I eat in addition to all the other food I have, an added bit of protein. This I will eat when I get home from running. I don’t know what else I’ll have at that time. I was told by a nutritionist that I can eat as many eggs as I want, several a day even, and they will not raise my cholesterol one bit. She said what raises it is saturated fats.
So tomorrow’s run will be better. I will feed myself better and better and be a stronger, faster runner. I am already improving. Let’s see how well I can do. Let’s see if I can prove myself…to the world.