Yes, the runs have become easier, but sometimes I still feel like giving up. I get tired of running by myself and tired of the routine.
I have taken 2 rest days and I know tomorrow I have to get back out there. But where is the motivation?
*Make a new playlist on my ipod
*Run a new route
*Reward myself with chocolate milk after my run
Unsure about the Latter- Read this article on Chocolate Milk from Fitness Magazine
Downing chocolate milk after a tough workout can help replenish exhausted muscles and significantly aid exercise recovery, new research shows.
By Kelly L. Phillips
When it's time to choose a liquid chug after a long, tough workout, there's a slew of options out there. Water? Gatorade, POWERade, or All Sport? Endurox R4? Physiologist Joel Stager, director of the Human Performance laboratory at Indiana University, has even one more potential workout recovery drink to add to the list: chocolate milk. His latest study, published in this month's International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, names this kids' favorite an optimal post-exercise recovery aid.
Before your stomach recoils, take a look at chocolate milk's ingredient list. For a high-endurance athlete, Stager's team sees it as a catch-all workout recovery drink. Compared to plain milk, water, or most sports drinks, it has double the carbohydrate and protein content, perfect for replenishing tired muscles. Its high water content replaces fluids lost as sweat, preventing dehydration. Plus it packs a nutritional bonus of calcium, and includes just a little sodium and sugar -- additives that help recovering athletes retain water and regain energy.
Drinking plain water after exercise replaces sweat losses -- and that's it. "Chocolate milk provides carbohydrate replenishment to your muscles -- something they can metabolize," said Jason Karp, MS, another researcher for this study. "There's nothing to metabolize in water."
Stager's assessment of chocolate milk is even simpler. "It's water plus a whole lot more," he said.
Today was my 2nd run on my journey to run the Hollywood Half Marathon in April of next year. Yesterday was the first time I had ran since June when i only ran a couple of times. I was running 3+ miles every morning and then biking to work last summer, but stoped after I lost too much weight.
I have always wanted to run a marathon, so when I saw this one I thought there couldnt be a better time.
On todays run i discoverd the Power of Carbs!!
Yesterday I was so tired during my 2mile run i had to stop and walk for a while after my first mile. My musles were not tired, but I just didnt have the energy. I felt like I was going to get sick.
After reading some aticles about meal plans I desided I needed to eat a lot more carbs. So I ate grains like a mad woman and drank so much water I had to get up and pee 2x during the night. And It worked!
Today I ate pre-run and the energy lasted the whole 2miles!
I was a little sore from the day before, but I had enery to spear. I ran without feeling sick or like I needing a break. So carbs are my new trick- ok its not a new trick but its one Im sticking to!
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