Learning to eat on the run…..

Hello, hello!

T-minus 2 days until FitBloggin!!!  EEEEEPPP!!!

And I just learned today that one of my faves, Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean, is going to be there on Saturday!

I’m totally going to be that starstruck girl standing there trying to stammer out an intelligent word. #dorkproblems

Got my business cards in the mail yesterday!


They’re plain jane because, well, honestly, they were a last minute thing! I hadn’t even considered needing them and I was emailing Lena about getting stuff ready for FitBloggin and she asked me if I had them. Um, no, cuz I’m a big clueless dork!  So I had to quick order some from VistaPrint. Paid more for the shipping than the actual cards because I had to have them rushed to me! I was totally overwhelmed by all the choices so I took her advice again and just went with the plain ones. Once I’m back and I have time to think, I’ll probably design my own. But, for now, watch out – it’s bizness time!

Oh, wait. Don’t get the wrong idea. FitBloggin isn’t THAT kind of conference.

Aaannnnd, moving on.

So, I’m learning that running a 50k is a little more than just running 5 more miles than a marathon.

I mean, I knew that but still. I have to learn a whole bunch of new things to be successful!

I have to learn how to use and run with a Camelbak (okay, fine, I don’t actually HAVE to run with a Camelbak but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to wear a fuel belt with bottles of water bouncing around my hips for 31 miles – I don’t even like them for 20 milers. Can you say chafing?) and I have to learn how to eat on the run!

And no, by eating on the run, I DON’T mean going through the drive-thru and grabbing a quick burger.

drive thru

I’m not quite sure how that’s going to go.

The most solid thing I eat now when I go for long runs is the Honey Stinger Waffle.

honey stinger


Otherwise, I usually carry Hammer Gels with me because they don’t make me feel like I’m going to vomit.

I’m waiting on some Ignite Naturals Reload Gels to come in so I can try those. I’m really excited because they’re made from real food – figs, brown rice and fruits – instead of artificial stuff like processed sugars and preservatives.

(OH! Don’t forget, if you want to try any Ignite Naturals products, you can get 10% off with this code: IN00344.) 🙂

But, I don’t usually take any of the food that’s offered during races – unless it’s an orange wedge. Love me some orange wedges! – because I’m afraid of it upsetting my tummy. :/

I know that I’m going to be running slower than I normally would in a marathon – my thoughts right now are trying to keep a 10:00 – 10:30 pace throughout. we’ll see how THAT goes. – so I know that I’ll need more fuel to keep me on my feet and moving that whole time.

According to the race website, the aid stations will be stocked with pb&j squares, fig bars, salty snacks, candy, and fruit.

I’m not sure how my tummy will handle pb&j and salty snacks like pretzels.

But, I’m pretty sure if they offered me some jelly beans or some Swedish Fish, I’d probably be okay with that. #sweettooth

So, I guess I’m going to have to pack some pretzels in a small baggie for my next run. Or maybe some Fig Newtons. And a gallon of water. And someone to carry all my stuff.

Talk to me: If you’re an ultrarunner, what sorts of things do you eat during a run? How long did it take you to figure out what works and what doesn’t? Have you ever rolled up a whole pizza like a burrito and eaten it while running, a la Dean Karnazes

– jennifer

Beat the dangers of the heat: heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and hyponatremia


Happy HOT Wednesday!

The temperature is 87 degrees, feels 95, with 63% humidity.

And it’s only lunch time.

That’s disgusting.

free sauna

We’re doing “Nicole” at CrossFit tonight – a 20  minute AMRAP of a 400 meter run followed by max rep pull-ups.

Basically, the idea is to get as many pull-ups as you can because once you fall off the bar from the pull-ups, you have to run a 400.

Sounds fun, right?

Yeah, except for the whole IT’S REALLY HOT OUTSIDE business!!

I don’t know about you but I’m not a wimp when it comes to sweating.



It might be a little difficult for me to hang on to that bar.  Looks like I might spend a lot of time running.

Good thing I love running, right? 🙂

Anyway, because it’s so hot and I’m pretty sure it’s hot where you are, too, it seems like a good idea to remind you about hydrating appropriately and how to tell if you, or a workout buddy, has heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

When you sweat, your body is working to help regulate your temperature.  As sweat evaporates from your skin, it removes excess heat and cools you. Which is GREAT!

But, if you’re working out and it’s hot, you might lose more liquid and salt than your body can stand to lose. Which is BAD. Very BAD.

And that’s why hydration is so very important.

Yes, you’re going to still sweat but making sure you replenish the fluids WHILE you’re working out is imperative.

Cool Tips to Beat the Heat – Runner’s World

If you end up dehydrated, you could experience heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion will leave you feeling chilled (even though it’s a million degrees outside), lightheaded, dizzy, and nauseous. You may even have a headache or muscle cramps. You will also probably be sweating profusely.

Which, if you’re already a big sweaty mess to begin with, may be difficult to identify. That’s why knowledge of the rest of those symptoms is important.

The best thing to do for yourself or someone else suffering heat exhaustion is get to a cool, shady place and drink water and/or sports drinks. Remember, you also lose salt when you sweat and your body needs that, too. If you don’t feel better within an hour or your symptoms worsen, get to the emergency like lickety-split. Call 911. You’re in no condition to drive. (ANOTHER reason to run with your cell phone!!)

When is it too hot to run? – Runner’s World

The worst case scenario is heat stroke.

During heat stroke, your internal body temperature has reached, and likely exceeded, 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s really, really, really HIGH and very, very, very BAD. Like FATAL bad.

Your body is no longer capable of regulating your temperature and you need medical attention ASAP.

Symptoms of heat stroke will be very similar to heat exhaustion – if you missed those, go back and start over – but will progress if the body is unable to cool down.

When that happens, disorientation can occur and loss of consciousness and seizures can occur. There will probably be a lack of sweating – the body will still be moist from previous sweat that is lingering but if there’s no active sweat happening, TAKE ACTION!  The body temperature needs to be brought down. Move again to a cool, shaded place. If you’re near water, IN the water would probably be a good idea.  Remove excess clothing – it’s trapping in the heat. If you have ice packs, place them under the armpits, on the head and neck and even in the groin area. Drink water. DEFINITELY CALL 911!!!!!

Hot Weather Racing Concerns – Runner’s World

On the flip side, because you don’t already have enough to worry about, there’s also a danger of over-hydrating – hyponatremia.

During hyponatremia, the sodium in your body gets too diluted and your body’s water level rises. This can also be fatal.  Symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion and, when extremely serious, heat stroke. Understanding what the athlete has been doing will help with determining which it is. Of course, so will calling 911 and getting professional medical help so I highly recommend doing THAT! If the person is still conscious, try to engage them in conversation regarding the amount of water they’ve consumed so you don’t give them more and make it worse. Sports drinks will help a little until medical help arrives.

Hydration and Heat Management – Runner’s World

Now, don’t let any of that scare you. You can still go outside for your run or bike ride or whatever. You can still go to the gym or box or fitness center or whatever you want to call it. Just be safe. And smart. And sweaty. 🙂

Talk to me: When was the last time you took a first aid/CPR class? Did you know you can take them through your local YMCA?

– jennifer

Weekend things and I’m now part of Team Ignite!

Hello, hello!

Happy first Monday in June!

Can you believe it’s JUNE already?!?!?!?!?!

Seriously, 2014 is going to be over before we know it.

So, we had a pretty spectacular weekend.

Got my new fridge on Friday!


I may or may not have hugged it when I got home from CrossFit on Friday.

Thing 1 came up to visit for Thing 2’s birthday!


I can’t believe my baby girl is 18 already. When did that happen?

The weather was amazing and I got out Saturday morning for my first real run, outside of CrossFit, since the marathon.


It felt fabulous!

I need to talk to Coach this week and see when he wants me to start my CrossFit Endurance training program. I’m so ready!!

So, do you remember when Ignite Naturals asked me if I was interested in trying out some of their products?

Well, they’ve since asked me to be an Ignite Naturals Ambassador!


Whoop!  I’m so excited!!

They have all sorts of sports nutrition products available and, the BEST part, they’re not crammed full of junky products you can’t even pronounce!

Ignite Naturals makes only natural products that should NOT bug your tummy (if you’re like me, this is a Godsend!) and won’t load you up with unnecessary sugars, etc. Oh, and if you’re Vegan and/or Gluten Free, no worries. They’ve got you covered! 🙂

I can’t wait to try the Reload Energy Gels!

What does that mean for YOU?

Well, it means I can share a discount code with you so you can receive 10% off on all purchases made through their Web site!

Like IN Refresh – my lifesaver during the Flying Pig Marathon!


So light, refreshing, and delicious!

I’m 100% positive that IN Refresh helped keep me from getting dehydrated during the race. I packed some packets (super convenient!) in my suitcase so I could have some on the course. You KNOW how I feel about Gatorade and I knew there was potential for warm temperatures. I definitely wanted to make sure I was replenishing the electrolytes I was losing through sweat. 🙂

You should definitely check them out!!

When you go to the site, make sure you enter code IN00344 so you get your discount!

Let me know what you get and how you like it! 🙂

Talk to me: Do you get ridiculously excited over the purchase of new appliances or is that just me? 😉

– jennifer