In case you haven’t heard, we got a bit of snow this weekend in NYC.
Not nearly as bad as Connecticut, Long Island and New England, even though the newscasters/weather guys (I’m looking at you, Chris Cimino) made it seem like Snowmageddon was coming to take down Manhattan on Friday night. Seriously, why do they do that?
Regardless, I knew Saturday morning would probably be a hot mess on the roads so opted to do my long run on Friday instead. I was fairly nervous it would be a bit much for the Achilles to handle after three consecutive days of running, but Coach John said to give it a go and stop if anything hurt. When I set out around 6:00 a.m. it hadn’t started snowing yet, but even before mile 2 clicked away on the Garmin the winds picked up and little tiny ice daggers started falling from the sky and slicing at my face. Awesome.
Luckily (?) the tiny ice daggers changed over to fluffy white flakes and started coating the park as the miles ticked away, and it was kind of cool. The plan was 11-12 miles, and since the Achilles felt really good I decided to go for 12 even though it was getting a little slippery.
Snow started to accumulate in this little crevice on the bottom of the heel in my Mizuno Wave Riders, which made it feel like I was running in high heels for the last couple of miles and I had to stop and scrape it out a few times. It was weird, and I was pretty glad to get home to a hot shower and warm breakfast.
The rest of the week looked like this:
- Monday: 50 minutes easy yoga/stretching
- Tuesday: 1, 2, 3s x 2, total 8.5 miles
- Wednesday: 7.7 miles easy
- Thursday: 8 miles easy
- Friday: 12 miles
- Saturday: 50 minutes spinning, 15 minutes elliptical, lifting
- Sunday: 8.15 miles easy
Total: 44.35 miles
It was a solid week training-wise, and I’m really happy the Achilles is feeling great. However, my intestines were once again a hot mess pretty much every time I ran (minus the long run in which I took an Immodium beforehand). Before the injury happened, I had been taking a daily glutamine supplement and think it helped keep any serious issues under control. I slacked on taking it during the two week injury break because I felt fine, so I’m wondering if that set me back a little. I’m also going to play around with the fiber content of my meals (Brussels sprouts + quinoa for dinners last week may have been a bit much?) to see if that helps.
I know this is already TMI, but having such issues almost every day takes a lot out of me, and I can’t help but be all dietitian and worry about nutrient absorption and dehydration, which can open up a whole new can of worms if I’m not careful.
And on that note, happy Monday?
Question: Did you run in the blizzard or its aftermath? Ever make any successful diet changes to help with GI issues on the run?