Thursday, August 30, 2012

three things thursday

1. I've been on the wild round of breathing meds for about three weeks now, and I think it's safe to say they have made a pretty significant difference in my life.  As my body adjusted, my heart rates as related to pace in training balanced out to numbers that look familiar.  The long run I did the week before I started on the regimen was averaging in the 12 minute/mile area, which I'm not sure I've ever seen.  The one I did three days after starting the drugs averaged in the low 11s, net uphill out the W&OD trail to work, and the one I did last weekend was well into the 10s.  My associated heart rate averages also dropped with these runs.  Numbers = science = drugs are good.  I'M NOT DOPING I SWEAR TO GOD.

The only symptom that is still lingering is a decent amount of congestion, but I've got my follow-up appointment next week so hopefully my doctor can slightly adjust a drug that will help me dry out.  There's a decent chance that the congestion is related to the amount of puppy that is in my house, but I'm happy to live with that.
2. A few weeks ago, I managed to bend Beth's ear about supplements, something I don't know much about but have been taking for a while now (I know).  I was mostly curious about the beta-alanine supplement.  I've done a tremendous amount of reading about it and the research seems to indicate that it's a good one, especially for people who don't eat meat (which has been me for about a month now, again, but that's a story for another time, or maybe #3).  At the most basic level, it's an amino acid that helps to fight the drop in pH that happens when you exercise.  The natural dietary source for it is generally beef, pork, fish, and chicken.  Anyway, I started taking it about two weeks ago and haven't noticed a significant difference yet, but as a science experiment of one I'm excited to see what happens.

The other supplements I've been taking regularly are a multi-vitimin (Flintstones chewable), glucosamine, and a calcium supplement.  I added an iron supplement with a Vitamin C chaser in the evenings about a month ago, mostly for insurance, but if I don't notice a difference I'll drop it back out.  Obviously I'm not a scientist or a dietitian so take everything I say with a grain of salt because it's entirely likely that I'm full of crap.  However, I pretty firmly believe that trying out these things won't hurt me in the long run, which is why I'm doing it.  If I decide that it's not helping me at all, I'll get rid of it.  I have mixed feelings about taking pills and supplements instead of getting what I need from real food, but since I've dropped meat back out of my diet and am planning on dropping dairy any day now, I want to make sure I'm filling in those blanks.  So we'll see how it goes.  

3. Yesterday I got stung by a bee three times on my ride and this morning I swallowed a whole mouthful of gnats.  It's good to be me.
Happy Thursday, friends!  Do you take drugs like me?  How many of these things I just talked about did you have to google?

20 comments:

  1. So cool on your running improvement! I hope the streak continues and you go to the Olympics. DOPER!

    I'm the worst at taking supplements and vitamins. I guess I should try a litter harder.

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  2. I suffer no regular allergies or asthma but the last couple of weeks, I've had sinus/throat congestion-y stuff. Not killing me but if it's even noticeable to me, must really be bad for people who have issues.

    I've regularly been told I'm anemic which I find implausible given the size of the steak I eat every Sunday night. I only take one med regularly and it's the most important Pill.

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  3. LOVE THAT PIC! Yay cute dogs! That's great that you are feeling better with your runs, glad you figured it out. I always intend to take daily vitamins but never can make myself. I have a very sensitive stomach and tend to puke up vitamins so I don't think I want to try other supplements...

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    1. That's why I take the Flintstones, it doesn't make me yak.

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  4. Gnats are just another source of protein. Hang in there!

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  5. Seriously - worried about whether you're doping? You can go and check here: http://www.globaldro.com/

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  6. Yay for asthma drugs! So glad you're breathing easier. If you're ever looking for a multivitamin that's way more awesome than the Flinstones one (and might allow you to drop a couple of the supplements) let me know. I found a terrific one a few years ago. It totally changed how I feel.

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  7. I think you should start a tumblr or something with endless pics of the puppies <3

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  8. The smart part about adding in all the supplements is that when you get caught doping, you can totally blame it on tainted supplements. I admire your pre-planning!

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    1. Says the woman on a pile of iron supplements...

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  9. It's all doping, even drinking caffeine and electrolytes. :)

    I don't take supplements. I read somewhere that taking vitamins that way somehow causes your body to stop making them on its own. Whatever that means. I just eat lots of veggies and fruits and try to make sure all the meat I eat was raised in non-skeevy ways.

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  10. We're super into how we eat due to my stomach issues and our passion for cooking. Food based vitamins are the best kind and the lab substitutes just aren't the same for your body. Since we cook so much, I started taking a look at whether we could get our nutrients from food alone and now we do! We are plant-based athletes but eat eggs too (so not entirely vegan, but no milk/cheese as I'm lactose intolerant). I don't like taking prescription drugs if I can help it. In my experience they treat one thing and cause a host of other problems. But, everyone is different and you gotta do what's best for you!!!

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  11. Glad to hear that the breathing meds are working!

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  12. That picture of your two dogs is the best ever!

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  13. I've been taking 3 Extreme Endurance products all year - the joint supplement, the multivitamin (immune boost) and the main Xtreme Endurance stuff. All I know is I didn't get sick once this year, even with IM training, and I PRed everything, so I figure it was all working right.

    I still eat healthy but I figure when you do the heavy distance training like we do, your immune system really takes a ding so it's better to help it out a bit more :)

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  14. I take a multi vitamin for "active" women. I guess I'm active enough to quality, maybe. It has extra iron, calcium and speed.

    Yes, multivitamin purchased at the extra spendy vitamin store because they have me convinced they are better. (shh, don't tell me otherwise) I also take a flax supplement for Omega 3. My chiro got me on this a few years ago. It is supposed to help with joint health in addition to being heart healthy!

    Beta alanine, huh? Imma look into that.

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  15. Flinstones are the greatest. I hate swallowing pills, and I love gummy candy so much that I could see myself eating a whole bottle of gummy vitamins in one sitting, so Flintstones it is. Have you tried the different varieties/realized they taste different? I bought the extra-calcium ones the last time and they are way more brittle.

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  16. I take supplements (Multi-Vitamin, CoQ10, Garlic, Omega-3) and will now research beta-alanine to see if it is something I should be taking as well.

    Stung 3x? Damn did you just run over a beehive? Ouch!

    That puppy pic is awesome. Love it!

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  17. Wait - I just noticed that your sunglasses are on the outside of the strap on your helmet. I never thought about this but we have to be careful with that during a race otherwise the sunglasses would go flying. Now something else to worry about in T1.

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