Run with the Husband!

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Thanks for all your advice on dealing with exhaustion after long run!  I think I picked up some great tips:


  • Try Recoverite to fuel up after runs:  From the website, "Recoverite supplies your body with the proper 3:1 ratio of complex carbohydrates and the highest quality whey protein isolate, along with generous amounts of multi-beneficial glutamine (a whopping 3 grams per serving!), the potent antioxidant l-carnosine, and a full-spectrum electrolyte profile. The result is rapid and enhanced recovery, which allows you to obtain the maximum value from all your hard workouts, ideally prepping your body for your next workout or race."
  • Replace lost electrolytes with a gatorade/water mix or coconut water:  I’m sweating so much in the hot Florida sun!
  • Check my iron:  Maybe I’m slightly anemic because I cut out red meat?  I actually have a B12 supplement, and I’m going to start taking it.


Thanks again for your feedback.  :) 


Moving on…. GUESS WHAT? The Husband went on a 5K run with me tonight! He hardly ever runs, so I was positively thrilled.  Since the Husband is a sporadic runner, we did it Galloway style -  walk/run/walk/run.  He did a really good job!  Here are our stats:


  • Duration: 34 minutes, 34 seconds.
  • Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)


Here are my eats for the dinner!  Dinner was roasted potatoes, asparagus, and kidney beans.


With ketchup!


And for dessert – watermelon.  I’ve been craving this for days!


And Greek yogurt + granola (not pictured, sorry!) — I was so hangry!


Afternoon snacks included pumpkin seeds:


And crackers, hummus, and cheese.


Off to bed I go!  Have a wonderful night.



  • Rosey Rebecca August 24, 2009, 6:30 pm

    My bf is a sporadic exerciser too! Your dinner looks great! I want potatoes now!

  • Matt August 24, 2009, 6:34 pm

    I know you did that post on protein, but you may want to add more into your diet now that you are running more.

    Also, make sure that you aren't running your long runs too fast. That is a sure way to drain your body.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 24, 2009, 6:34 pm

    I love watermelon and this summer I think I have single-handedly kept the watermelon growers of America in secure employment because I've been enjoying it so much!

  • haya August 24, 2009, 6:36 pm

    oh i was going to suggest the iron! apparently endurance athletes are at a higher risk of anemia than the average person. i don't eat red meat much, so now i'm trying to boost my Fe stores with spinach, Popeye style, in addition to the pills my doctor is making me take.
    i hope that in 3 months i wont be as tired, but i don't have high hopes. make sure you always have a vitamin c containing thing with your non-heme iron products (like spinach) for good absorption.
    i love it when my boy runs with me! it's not often though (he's a cyclist) but it's always enjoyable and surprising how fast he is.

  • angieinatlanta August 24, 2009, 6:47 pm

    I love that your hubby ran with you!

    Exercising with my boyfriend is always such a fun surprise since he's a sporadic exerciser too!


  • Melissa August 24, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Congrats to your hubby.. 34 minutes is a pretty good time for a sporadic runner. I don't know how you run in Fl. I visit there once a month, and I can only get in a mile before I feel like I'm about to overheat.. props to you!

  • Voracious Vorilee August 24, 2009, 7:10 pm

    I love watermelon. We've been eating a huge one every week since they've been in season. YUM!

  • Becky and Jake August 24, 2009, 7:26 pm

    YumYum your dinner/dessert looks delicious!

    My husband and I prefer Cytomax after runs (supposedly you are supposed to take it before and during also). I like the orange flavor, the lemon-lime is alright, and we are going to try fruit punch next month. It is a recovery drink that we first had this past year in PF Changs races.

    And dark leafy greens for that iron supply! Beans, cream of wheat, quinoa, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, cashews, raisins, figs, baked potato are a few other delicious forms of iron…YumO

    Good luck with the running!!

  • Jenna August 24, 2009, 7:30 pm

    good thing you did your research! hope it all helps! and yes, i do think you should drink G2(gatorade) for your electrolyte balance!

  • Lizzy August 24, 2009, 7:58 pm

    roasted potatoes have got to be my favorite for sure!

    amazing tips for post running! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Jarrard August 24, 2009, 8:28 pm

    i forgot to add in my last comment that watermelon is the best!!! Tons of H2O and iron too! i ate half a watermelon after my 15 miler yesterday and it was an excellent choice!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie August 24, 2009, 8:51 pm

    Dinner looks great!

  • Marissa August 24, 2009, 9:28 pm

    Yum! Your dinner looks great! Especially the watermelon 🙂

  • Lainie August 24, 2009, 10:02 pm

    I too love it when my husband runs with me…it is a rare occassion, but so wonderful when he comes along!

  • Running, kind of. August 24, 2009, 10:27 pm

    Always fun to run with the hubs!!

    I am going to have to check into that Recoverite.


  • Anonymous August 24, 2009, 11:42 pm

    Asparagus isn't in season.

  • Miz August 25, 2009, 3:13 am

    Id loooove to get my husband running.

    mainly because then Id look to him to git my arse running too.

    it's a vicious cycle up in herre 🙂

  • Stacey August 25, 2009, 3:18 am

    Yay! I love it when my guy decided to do a run with me, I love having the sexy company lol 🙂

  • Erica August 25, 2009, 3:32 am

    So fun that you ran with the husband!! Josh's legs are too long for me to keep up with him 😉 Great dinner- perfect combo of protein, veggies, and starch!

  • Lauren August 25, 2009, 4:08 am

    Thats awesome that the hubby wanted to run with you. It sounds like you guys had such a fun 5k run together.
    I love working out with my husband, it's such a passionate hobby to have together. 😉

    Take care hun.

  • k August 25, 2009, 4:30 am

    There's also the rest option 🙂 Long runs really do take a lot out of you- especially when you are building your miles. There will be a point (if you are at higher mileage for a longer period of time) when the long runs don't take as much out of you as they used to (just like your 6 milers used to be exhausting) but at this point, you're still asking your body to do things it hasn't quite adapted to. That's a lot to ask when you are also working full time (more than full time?) and living your non-work hours to the fullest as well.
    I think it was "No meat athlete" that had a post on this not too long ago- how his 20 milers used to mean that he was knocked out for the day but now he can run 20 miles and then go do something fun. (I've seen the same thing in my husband as well)

    Good luck! Those other suggestions are very valid as well, but don't discount the importance of giving yourself a rest after the run 🙂

  • seesaraheat August 25, 2009, 6:09 am

    Yay! I'm hoping to get my husband to run this Fall when the weather cools off 🙂

  • Rose August 25, 2009, 6:20 am

    What a guy 🙂 Very cool. Can you ask him to motivate Bill to run with me?

  • KyleH August 25, 2009, 6:49 am

    Be careful with Gatorade – they've recently changed their ingredients to include high fructose corn syrup.

  • Ashley August 25, 2009, 6:55 am

    I've been dealing with iron-deficiency for a while, and I know how it can affect your workouts. Before I knew I was anemic, I would almost pass out from simply walking on the treadmill and wonder why – my iron stores were so low that I had to stay in the hospital! Don't mess around if you're feeling tired – get your blood checked to see what's wrong. Oh, and don't confuse B-12 deficiency with iron deficiency; those are two distinct varieties of anemia.

  • Angharad August 25, 2009, 11:58 am

    Love that the hub went with you! Mine hates running but I would love it if he came – the runs would be so much more fun and I'd be so motivated to go!

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