Friday, January 13, 2012

H 2 the O

I feel like the past few days of work have been following the same pattern:


I would be much more efficient if my cube was closer to the restroom.  Also, I would save time by not stopping to chat with at least 3 people every trip. :)

I have been trying my darnedest to drink as much H20 as possible because running while dehydrated is not-so-much-fun, and, as my long runs get longer, also not-so-safe.

For years I have been following the traditional school of thought, that the amount of water you should drink a day (in ounces) is half your body weight (in pounds) or 8 8 oz glasses of water per day.  But shouldn't those who run, and therefore sweat, a lot drink even more water?  After a few minutes of Google searching, I found this article (written by a pharmacist!).  It discusses suggested water intake based on evidence based research and suggests that an average woman should drink 91 oz. of water per day, but a cross-country runner should be getting around 4.6 L (153 oz.) per day.  Holy cannelloni!  I see many more trips to the ladies room in my future.

Sometimes solving the world's pharmacokinetc problems gets so distracting (hehehehe) that I go from 9 to 5 without any water.  So, to remind myself to drink during the day, I bought a pretty cup with a straw and have set a reminder on my Gmail account to go off at 10:30, noon, 1:30 and 3:00.

On the other hand, I never drink water while running.  Once, during a St. Patrick's Day race, I accepted the little dixie cup of water that the volunteers pass out about two miles in, took one sip, and started choking.  I guess that my breathing pattern wasn't prepared for the intake.  The experience traumatized me so much that I refuse to do it again.  Eventually, if I run longer than a half marathon, I know that will have to change.  If so, I will come to a complete stop before I take a sip. :)

Thanks to my cousin for giving me the idea for the title of this post.  She had one titled exactly the same, and I thought it was so cute I had to steal it. :)

My run yesterday was a short 20 minute sprint workout that I found *here*.

Even though I skipped out on the 10 mph sprint and kept it at 9 mph (cheater) and I slowly jogged uphill instead of power walking uphill  that last 5 minutes (double cheater) this interval kicked by butt!  My  buns might be a little sore on my long run today!

Breakfast (6): TJ's fiber bar and Greek Yogurt and banana that I chomped on my drive in to work

For lunch, I revolutionized the best salad in the world by taking all the ingredients (minus the vinegar) and putting them on a slice of bread.

Voila: best salad in the world-sandwich!

Lunch (8): Salad sandwich, pretzel crisps, apple

When I got home from work I was STARVING.  I forgot an afternoon snack. So, I threw some more kale in the oven to make kale chips.  I basically followed *this recipe* but used only one teaspoon of oil instead of one tablespoon. I also added a few teaspoons of grated parm cheese and garlic salt.  Still turned out fab!

Snack: kale chips (1)

As I was eating the kale chips  I threw dinner in the oven.  I tried a new-to-me recipe: Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole (Click *here* for the recipe.).  This was extremely easy to make and full of protein.  Next time I am going to try to add more veggies in.

Dinner: bubble up enchilada casserole (14)

For dessert I was really craving a milk shake.  So, I ground up two Oreos and added some milk and stirred.  Although it didn't taste exactly like a milk shake, it was still pretty good.

Dessert: Faux milk shake (5)
banana and milk-not pictured (3)

Have a wonderful day!  I am off to run 10 miles.  Please pray for me :).

Thought for the day:


Daily points (32) + activity points (4) - eating points (37) = -1 Oops.  I guess I had to dip into my weekend savings.

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