Walk 500 Miles Update: 465/500 Complete. Only 35 to GO!!
Today was training day 3 of week 1. My plan was 3.1 miles, and I accomplished this goal. See my Run 1.3 log.
I want to talk a little bit about not eating before exercising because that is what I did today and have done in the past. Instead of eating, I had a cup of coffee, a swig of water, and I was out the door. My run today started at around 10am when the sun was already high in the sky; so it was hot, hot, hot.
I didn’t pass out if that’s what you are thinking, but I did have a burst of energy at the beginning (probably due to the caffeine). Then I was feeling really exhausted a mile into my three mile run. That is not good. I couldn’t stop thinking how hungry and tired I was the whole time. I’m sure everybody has different thoughts about this topic, but not eating is not for me.
I found this article and thought it was very interesting. It talks about how running on an empty stomach burns more muscle fat. I guess that’s good if you are trying really hard to lose weight, but what happens when you use up all of your energy running, and then want to eat a Thanksgiving dinner when you are done? Overeating is definitely a draw back to this weight loss theory. Not to mention exhaustion? What if you pass out from hunger and dehydration?
There are so many reasons why this is not a good thing to do, and I am going to make sure to fuel up before the next time I decide to go for a run. Some other things that help me are waiting an hour after eating to run and not drinking water while I am running; otherwise, if I choose to do either, then I start to get cramps. So not fun.
When I came home from my run I showered, munched on some peanuts, and made some pancakes with strawberries:
Don’t these look yummy?
Then I was off to painting for a few hours. Our room started out looking like powder blue with clouds:
and now it is Ocean Ridge. It’s a shade of blue with violet undertones. I will post a picture soon, but now I’m too tired.
I also took a picture of Pocket. She is our roommates dog, and she is the cutest:
That’s all from me for today. Time to relax. No running tomorrow. I’m tired and need some time off.
I’ll leave you with one question: Do you run on an empty stomach and like to?