What happened at the gym today

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.

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