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Thank God For Tim Horton’s Or What Not To Eat Before A Run

Yesterday’s workout was starting off great: I was full of energy and feeling inspired. I even took a pre-WOD *workout of the day* selfie!!!

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I was in the midst of enjoying my 8 km run and thinking about a paragraph from Spartan Up! I read on my way back home from work: “… once you think you are done running, you still have eight days left in you. The same goes for life. If you think you are maxing out, you have no idea how much fuller and richer life could be. Spartan Race offers a glimpse into your own unlimited potential.” In other words, some pretty cool motivational stuff. And there was this beautiful sunset…

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But something went wrong in between of me doing push-ups and a set of squat jumps in the middle of a bike path *It rained and I thought it was a better alternative to a puddle in the grass*. All of a sudden, I was sprinting like there was no tomorrow. No, I wasn’t running for my life nor was I trying to bring out my untapped potential…

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I know, I know, you don’t really care to know much about my bowel movements, but… THANK GOD for that Tim Horton’s which appeared out of nowhere!!! *I’ll stop right there for your sake and avoid all grizzly details. HAHA!*

Okay, one more thing. When I reached the coffee shop, there were pretty mixed emotions raging between…

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And…

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This is how you know that I am still a newbie to running: I had a nice quinoa salad with chickpeas, tomatoes and cucumbers about an hour before my run. BIG, BIG, BIG MISTAKE! I was in so much pain. What I was thinking? Yet, I am glad that I was able to finish my workout.

I really liked the following pre-race advice from Runner’s World, which could be applied to any of your daily long runs too:

  • reduce the fiber you consume in the few days before the race;
  • avoid fresh fruit or salad the day before your race because of their fiber content;
  • check out the race course and see if any port-a-potties are marked, or if there are gas stations or convenience stores along the way for pit stops. If not, pick your bushes wisely!  Always carry a small plastic baggie with wet wipes in them for emergencies. Pack a towel and a complete change of clothes in your gear bag too;
  • when bathroom issues seriously threaten to interfere with your race, one option for some is taking an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication before the race.

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What kind of food doesn’t settle well with your stomach when eaten before a run? 

xoxo
Olena

 

 

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The Cookie Experiment: Are You Gritty? Instant Reward VS. Delayed Gratification

Good morning, beauties!

I can’t believe it’s Friday already! It’s time to finish this week off strong and plan a fun weekend.

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I’m pretty satisfied with the way this week is going. Yesterday I had a nice easy pace 10 km evening jog, and it felt a-freaking-mazing. I feel like a whole new person!

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Today I’d like to go over something that I read in Spartan Up! by Joe De Sena. It kind of struck a cord.

In one of the chapters, the author and the founder of the Spartan Race mentioned ‘the cookie experiment’. This experiment was very simple. A Stanford researcher, Walter Mischel, decided to give to kids their favorite treat. Then he offered them a choice, if they would wait for another 15 minutes, they could eat 2 treats instead of one. The outcome was pretty awesome. It seems like the kids who refused the first cookie became more successful as adults.

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If you think about it, here is the answer to many problems that our society faces today. Everyone wants everything now: money, spotless relationship, perfect body, big house, expensive car, the list goes on.I am definitely not saying that desiring those things is a bad choice. Not at all! The problem with it, however, is that many of us do not want to actually work to achieve these results, everyone prefers to find a miraculous shortcut. Think of countless quick fixes that are being advertised on TV, radio and in magazines around us. That’s pretty insane!

According to the book, ‘Science has found that the most successful people are not the most intelligent or the most talented but rather the ones who tough it out.’ And that’s great news! It means that average people, like you and I, can be very successful. There is no secret to it, all we have to do it to stick to our plan, be persistent, consistent, and not to be discouraged by ‘failures’.

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Do you want more. Try out the following steps that Joe De Sena suggested in his book Spartan Up!:

  1. Write down your plan.
  2. Share it with someone who can offer you some constructive criticism while being supportive at the same time.
  3. Eliminate distractions.
  4. Keep a journal of your successes and failures. Reward yourself.
  5. Make adjustments if needed without jeopardizing your goal.
  6. DON’T EVER GIVE UP!!!

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No one ever said that this will be easy; however, think of the ultimate reward. It is soooo worth it!

What are your thoughts?

xoxo
Olena

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