Evening! BLETCH, I went on the most MISERABLE 8.0 mile run today. I usually try to be SO positive and enjoy running, but its was seriously torturous today.
Maybe my run was so rough because I ate two Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Oreos before I left?
Thankfully, the cookie stash is now gone (I turned Future Hus loose on the remainder).
Since I was going on a long run (defined as more than 7.0 miles in my mind), I packed a pre-mid snack. Introducing…. Clif Shot Bloks!
According to the Clif website, "Clif Shot Bloks chews are a semi-solid, easily chewable source of carbohydrates—your body’s preferred source of fuel during activity…. The Margarita flavor has three times the amount of sodium than the other flavors. Sodium depletion via sweat is the primary reason for muscle cramping in athletes. By adding more sodium we’re bringing carbohydrates, electrolytes, and higher levels of sodium together into one easy-to-ingest solution."
Each blok has 35 calories. I packed three in my CamelBak, but I only ate two at mile 4.0. The Margarita flavor was really yummy!
Here are my statistics:
- Duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes (8.0 miles)
- Average Heart Rate: 154
- Maximum Heart Rate: 183
- Calories Burned: 645
As I mentioned, my run was super sucky. I just DID NOT want to be running today…. which is exactly why I prefer to be outside than on a treadmill. I was ready to quit at mile 4.0, but I still had to run allllll thhhhhe wayyyyy home. 🙂
I felt like of light headed and icky towards the end, so I immediately slammed a cup of skim milk and 1 scoop of Muscle Milk Light .
After a shower, I still felt sooo lightheaded and decided I needed a massive dose of calories. I inhaled 3/4 cup yogurt and 1 cup of Grape Nuts (about 500 calories total).
Following this massive snack, Future Husband asked to practice acupuncture and cupping on me.
Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a glass cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by lighting an alcohol-soaked cotton ball on fire and suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. The cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping). Cupping is applied by acupuncturists to certain acupuncture points, as well as to regions of the body that are affected by pain (where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled).
Warning: kind of gross!
Cupping feels sooooo good. Like an inside-out massage. It doesn’t hurt, but the result is bruised skin (like a hickey). The bruising lasts four or five days.
Sexy, huh? 🙂
After acupuncture and cupping, I made a quickie sammie using Sabra hummus.
Spinach + hummus + whole wheat bread = simple perfection!
And a plum on the side.
With a cup of OJ (I feel like I’m lacking on the fruits and veggies).
Time to select songs for the ceremony and reception! 🙂 Have a great night!
Have you ever tried any alternative medicine techniques? Do tell!