I HEREBY PLEDGE TO RUN 10K THE WEEKEND BEFORE THE SUPERNATURAL FINALE
and I will do it in no more than 1h 30min, which is a challenge for me. Last year I ran 10K in 1h 46min for Misha’s birthday. I kept up the running/exercise into the fall but slacked off after Yule. Decided I had to get myself in gear again, and nothing inspires me like Misha, so
THIS IS IT. SPN FINALE: 10K. FASTER THAN EVER.
Ooh, that sounds like a great goal you’ve set yourself here! Lots of luck completing that 10K, I know you can do it! :D
Dude at the gym told me that I would be pretty if I smiled, so I ran a mile longer than him, faster than him, and THEN I smiled.
I’ve literally made so many at this point that I figured this was in order.
Greetings, friends! In a mere matter of days (October 13!), I will be running in my very first marathon on behalf of the incredible non-profit organization, Random Acts. I have been training since January (don’t laugh; I’ve never run for any other reason than having a swarm of bees on my tail) to prepare for this daunting task. I’m going to give all I have to reach one goal (crossing that finish line), but I need YOU to reach the more important one: helping to raise funds and awareness for Random Acts.
My motivation for going through almost a year of preparation (logging 800+ miles) and participating in the marathon is to ultimately help others; running on behalf of Random Acts is allowing me to achieve this goal. However, this is also the goal that I can’t totally reach on my own. I need your help.
So, in the spirit of Random Acts, I ask you, please: if you are able share a monetary donation, please click here; your generous donation will be directly transmitted to Random Acts via their Crowdrise account.
If you cannot, I would ask, if you could, to please reblog this post. But most importantly, no matter what, I would ask, when you see this, to please perform a random act of kindness for someone else. Because, as I learn every day, those acts make all the difference. And “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Thank you for reading, and for your support! It means everything to me, truly, and to the others whose lives you will touch.
That’s amazing! And hey, I’m not gonna laugh; if you aren’t already an experienced runner, it’s actually recommended that you train for at least half a year to a year before attempting a marathon, so you’re very smart for taking your time with the training instead of going into this on a whim! Lots of luck next week! :D
Whether you want to lose weight or simply tone your body and start yourself on a health kick, it just takes a little nudge to bring out the marathoner in all of us.
I’m starting my first year of uni and am currently battling my urge to consume french fries at 10 pm and sit on my butt even when I’m not in class. So I thought I would get some inspiration from other students who fought their freshmen 15 (which is no joke, it’s so easy to fall into a unhealthy routine).
So apparently, if I receive cool E4K swag in the mail, as happened today, I get all kinds of weird urges. Like spontaneously increasing my farthest distance ever run (16K) by over 50% (to 22.5K). Um. I accidentally half-marathon?
I will now proceed to take a shower. Well. As soon as I remember how legs work and can thus leave this chair.
LET’S ALL APPLAUD AMY BECAUSE SHE RAN HALF A MARATHON AND THAT IS OUTSTANDING!!!
As a runner, I know that food is fuel and the better the fuel I put into my body, the better the performance my body gives me. What you eat 30 to 60 minutes before a run can dictate your performance; thus, it’s important to make wise, healthy pre-run food choices …
Best pre-run foods, if you’re running for under an hour and at an easy effort level: (Grams are carbohydrates.)
- Banana: 27 grams (high in carbs, but a great snack anytime)
- Half a Clif bar: 20 grams
- Peach: 14 grams
- English muffin with jelly:13 grams
Best pre-run foods, if you’re running for more than an hour or doing an intense workout:
- 8 ounces Greek yogurt: 30 grams (add in 1/2 cup of berries for an extra 10 to 12 grams of carbs)
- Banana with 1 to 2 tablespoons of nut butter: 33 grams (nut butter, either peanut or almond, is 4 grams per tablespoon)
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal (1/2 cup dried): 30 grams (add maple syrup or brown sugar for flavor)
- 1 medium cooked sweet potato (about 1 cup cubed): 27 grams
- 2 slices whole wheat bread with 2 tbsp. nut butter: 36 grams
- 1 cup whole wheat pasta: 30 grams
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa: 20 grams
"Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, "I’ve never seen anyone run like that before." It’s more then just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better then anyone else. It’s being creative."
September is upon us! Have a spicy breakfast to prepare yourself for the upcoming fall.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
*If they don’t sell pumpkin spice mix where you live, you can easily create your own by mixing together cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg in a 4 : 2 : 1 : 1 ratio,
Mix together the oats, seeds and spices. Pour in the milk and give it a good stir.
Microwave on medium-high for about 3 minutes, stirring once every minute, then allow to cool a little for another 5 minutes or so.
Drizzle with maple syrup and you’re good to go! Very easy and tasty, and quite high in fiber, protein and healthy fats (lots of omega-3 and 6).
GATORADE VS WATER
Sports drinks such as Gatorade promise better athletic performance, but in some cases they’re not really necessary. Water does the trick in many cases. In fact, there’s a reason Gatorade is called a sports drink;-it was developed to help athletes involved in a rigorous football training program. Everyday exercisers don’t necessarily work out with the intensity or duration needed for the carbohydrate and electrolyte benefits of Gatorade.
You don’t necessarily need a sports drink to replenish your body during short workouts, says David K. Spierer, assistant professor of sports sciences at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Water usually works just as well—especially if it’s ice cold, because it empties from the stomach faster that way. When you exercise for more than an hour, however, you need to replenish your electrolytes. “At that point in time you start to see a little bit of a decrease in sodium and potassium. Replenishing is helpful,” he says. Examples of electrolytes are calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium, according to the National Cancer Institute. Sports drinks with 4 percent to 8 percent carbohydrate and 0.5g sodium/L are more effective than water for the longer bouts of exercise, according to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Gatorade is a 6 percent carbohydrate beverage.