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  • in reply to: any runners who STILL run? when can i run again? #14736
    tuffrabit
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    I get it. I really do. I wasn’t putting in as many miles as you were, but I was somewhat addicted to my training. Something you have to resolve in yourself is long term health. Living the rest of your life in a healthy state is a big deal, and is worth potentially months of habit and diet adjustment. Sounds like you need to find another hobby that will occupy the running part of your mind. Learn an instrument, learn a second language, take some art classes, take up competitive chess… anything. Above all you need to rest and eat the food. Seriously rest, like 10 hours of sleep per 24hour cycle + naps. Eat the food, eat all the food. You don’t have to go fast food and junk food crazy. Just make sure your plate has all the S’s (salt, sugar, saturated fat) and eat till you’re full. Have easy snacks readily available. If you’re hungry, eat. if you’re thirsty, drink. Otherwise, do your new hobby so you’re not obsessing over the fact that you’re not running. When your metrics are good (sleep quality, constipation, body temp, menstruation intensity, blah blah blah) then consider bringing running back into the picture. Keep in mind this process could take months, that’s why it’s important to keep the long term goal of health at the forefront of your mind.

    When I finally started running again it was training for a Tough Mudder. I was probably a bit overly cautious when I started, but whatever. I only ran twice a week. I limited myself to twenty minutes per run. My goal was to get faster, not to run farther. So I tracked my distance each run so I could extrapolate average mile time/pace. Over a ten week period my average pace went from 11:30 per mile to just under 9 minutes per mile. As a result I ended up running farther. It ended up being plenty of training for the Tough Mudder. I was able to complete the entire course without getting winded or really slowing down. I wish I had done more pullups, but that’s another matter entirely. I’m not saying you have to do the same thing, but just keep in mind it’s better for your training goals to be faster and stronger as opposed to farther and longer.

    Rest, eat all the food, fill your free time with fun and rewarding hobbies. You can run again after some time of healing. Good luck!

    in reply to: Tough Mudder anybody? #10383
    tuffrabit
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    Thanks for the insight everybody.

    I’ve read that “Marathon Training Diet” blog post a few times now. While I know that I’m not training for a marathon, I still plan on doing some running work. I gather from that post that carbs are mucho good for the runnins.

    I’d call what I’m eating right now high carb and high fat.

    • Straight out of bed: two mini Baby Ruths
    • Once I get to work: two poptarts and two hash browns
    • Salty snack about an hour and a half later (usually chips or cheezits)
    • BIG lunch… this is normally something relatively decent (read home cooked)
    • Another snack two hours later
    • Smaller dinner at home
    • Before bed snack, usually an ice cream sandwich

    I usually am pretty good about keeping fluid intake to a minimum. Small (about 4oz) soda or sweet tea two or three times a day when I feel thirsty. Sometimes I just get crazy thirsty and nothing else suffices but a good guzzle of something cold and carbonated… this might happen two or three times a week. That actually happened last night. Was doing dishes before bed, opened up the fridge to put something away and spotted the gallon of Arizona Green Tea… didn’t even grab a cup, just down the hatch. Was so good, surprisingly didn’t seem to affect my temps at all. Which brings me to another point…

    I’m probably just impatient. My metabolism is/was probably pretty messed up from all the running and low carbness. This is officially week 3 or 4 of refeeding and resting, my waking temps are still averaging stinky low 97.2ish. During the day I’ll see it peak around 98.3, but my feet still get cold off and on and I’m still waking up around 3 or 4 in the morning. I can go back to sleep without eating something though… so I guess that’s good.

    Whatever… I’m being a bit of a baby. I know there are people who have it a lot worse than I do.

    in reply to: Tough Mudder anybody? #9830
    tuffrabit
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    You MUST do the TM. I know it’s an overpriced, commercialized thing at this point. But they do something so well, something I haven’t experienced at any other event. There is a feeling there, a spirit maybe. Most of the course is designed so that you can’t do it alone. They don’t even track your course time, it’s simply a non-factor. All the pressure for you to perform is just not there.

    So, it’s great. Everybody is there to help everybody else (well most everybody, you still have a few self-important douchetarts). Like I said… a spirit that I’ve not felt at any other event.

    I know that 11+ miles seems like a lot, but in this context it’s really not. You end up waiting in line for so many obstacles that you essentially get a leg rest every half mile or so. Ends up feeling like something much closer to a 10k rather than a half marathon.

    in reply to: 4am wake ups #9770
    tuffrabit
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    Well, hello there wifey person.

    in reply to: 4am wake ups #9768
    tuffrabit
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    Yeap, me too. Only about two weeks into refeeding though. I hope this works itself out as I continue to eat myself into oblivion.

    in reply to: Cold after lunch #9767
    tuffrabit
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    You too? I noticed this right away. I’ve always had cold feet though, as long as I can remember. I’m hoping this goes away with time (I’m only about 2 weeks into refeeding).

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