three things thursday

1. The other piece of the "being coached" puzzle that I forgot to mention is nutrition.  Every day, I log my weight, resting HR, and hours of sleep.  Scientists will notice that this means I am now required to weigh myself every day, something I have never done in my life.  The first thing I noticed is that I've gained about 5lbs (muscle?  please?  yes, let's go with that) since the last time I weighed myself which was likely last December or January because, in general, I don't give a crap about the number as long as my pants fit.  The intensity of my workouts has changed quite a bit, so I spent the first week eating like I normally did and then wondering why I was starving at 6pm and gobbling down everything I could fit in my piehole which is actually quite a bit.  This is a good way to gain 3-5lbs fairly quickly, which is what happened.  Then I freaked out at the scale (stupid bitch) and stopped eating ice cream and drinking beer and went back to what I would call my "high-normal" weight for a few days.  But then I became so concerned about bonking at 6pm and eating everything in sight that I started over-compensating earlier in the day, which was good because I wasn't starving at 6pm but was bad because I gained 3lbs back.  So it's a process.  I'm trying hard to balance giving my body what I know it needs to fuel and recover against not going on some weird kind of strict diet.  I don't want to live the next year only eating the same 8 foods and never drinking beer or eating a cupcake, but I also know that fuel and recovery has to come first.  Nutrition has been a work-in-progress for me over the past 2 years, and I'm just continuing to try and figure it out without having to take pictures of all of my food.  (She says after drinking a protein smoothie and then eating a chocolate chip cookie post-brick.)  

2. My slightly naggy shin blossomed into a raging lunatic earlier this week but then just as quickly quieted back down.  I've decided that maybe jumping into the Ravenna plus all the barefoot work was maybe contributing to it, so I'm going to trade off running in the Ravenna and the Adrenaline for a while and see if that helps the transition to a lower stability shoe.  I do believe that my gait is ready for the lower stability shoe but it might have been good to ease into it.  Proving yet again that I actually am really awesome at hindsight.  Many of my enabling friends very smart people agree that trading off shoes is actually a good thing because your muscles don't get bored.  And yes, I am aware that I change my mind every 4 minutes about what is making my shin angry but thank you for not mentioning it.

3. We're about to be in my favorite season - autumn - and this is the first time in 3 years that I've been running while it's going on.  I'm looking forward to digging out the capris and the long-sleeve and finally the ear warmers and actually getting to enjoy DC while the leaves are changing.  I couldn't be happier.  I'll probably fall down the stairs and break my neck tomorrow and be out until February.

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Are you sad to see ridiculous heat and humidity hit the back door?


  1. I'm not sure I'll ever get the food thing right. Does coach Alan have any advice on that? Also, I'm knocking on wood, spitting on the ground and pouring salt over my shoulder for you right now. Autumn rocks and I'd much prefer if you were running during it.

  2. I'm a nutritional disaster too. Unless cheese and dried apricots is a good dinner. In that case, I'm AWESOME.

    Maybe avoid stairs for a while? Please!

  3. your nutrition part made me laugh. good to see we're all freaks when we start using a scale. and working out more. lol

    we don't really have fall in florida, so you go ahead and it enjoy that, mkay?

  4. I suck at nutrition as well, at eat like crap, or not enough half of the time.

    Fall is my favorite season as well!

  5. I've been drinking a fruit-protein smoothie immediately after my long workouts and it has helped a little.
    LOL on that you will probably fall down the stairs tomorrow.

  6. i hate the scale, my weight has been yo-yoing too despite my best scale is a bitch!

    yay for running in the fall, i missed it last fall too due to knee injury.

  7. Why yes, I'd LOVE to say goodbye to this heat. Sadly, I don't see it going anywhere any time soon down here!
    Nutrition is hard. Yes, crazy hungry all the time...but then I plan better and shop better and suddenly, I have it under control. It's that whole planning thing...

  8. I like to rotate shoes, though it is usually two pairs of the same stability level (or even the same exact model).

    I the weather this week has made me really happy - fall could not get here any faster!

  9. I will let you know when the H&H goes out the back door b/c it hasn't yet here in Texas.

    And onto this comment: I am aware that I change my mind every 4 minutes

    Well just like your feet changing shoes makes your muscles stronger so that means that you have the strongest mind in all the world. Congratulations!

  10. I love that for some of us, the dawn of September = capris/longsleeve yearning while for others, it means dragging out a seasonal wardrobe entirely prematurely, like the girl I saw wearing fur-topped knee-high boots today on my run in.

  11. Just like everyone, I dig fall, but in part because by mid-August the heat has gotten to me and I'm so eager for fall.
    I kind of miss that it hasn't been so hot to end the summer. And I am always sad to see it getting darker earlier.

  12. Totally love fall the best for many reasons.
    Leaves changing, cooler, get out the cozy clothes, bugs go away, snakes are starting to head out, no humidity and on and on.

  13. not sad to see the heat/humidity go! Looking forward to indian summers galore! And Apple Cider and apple cider donuts and turkey legs, and more apple cider donuts. Oh, sorry!

  14. I love that you call your shin a raging lunatic. All injuries should be named just like that.

    Still humid here!


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