Um, do you run anymore?
Yes, yes, I do. But there really isn't much to say about it. I run train 3 days a week, I try to get in a few trails once a week and I coach my group 2 days a week. So yes, I'm running. In fact, my documented mileage this week, as of Thursday, is over 42 miles. And I'm still 7 weeks out from my next race.
And I have 15 on tap for tonight. So yes, I'm still running. I promise!
Let's see, Saturday I PR'd a 5K. Sunday I got in 18 lonely miles but at 1 minute per mile faster than my goal pace. Tsk, tsk TPG, you need to stick with the program!
Tuesday I ran with my group and taught them about strides. Not sure how thrilled they were by that but I also made Black Bean Brownies and they were pretty pumped about snacks! Yes, brownies made with black beans. Just puree a can of black beans, add it to a brownie mix and cook according to instructions. No other ingredients. Extra protein, fiber and no eggs or oil! Everyone swore they were delicious. I tried just a bite because I'm really not a brownie girl.
After class I hit Lookout for some hill repeats. To quote Courtney, "Oh, mah, guah!" 10 x 1 min and I managed to get 4 miles in. Kicked my tail! Hills, they do a body good.
Wednesday was yoga and strength training. Thursday morning I got up at stupid thirty to get my tempo run in. 10 miles at 9:30 pace. The best way to start the day! And it was cooler out - such a nice surprise.
This is what a sleepy pink girl looks like after 10 tempo miles. Notice the dead grass.
1st Breakfast of Champions. Oatmeal came about an hour later.
Thursday night I ran with my group and while it really wasn't that chilly, I decided to break out the short sleeve shirt. Oh yes I did! We had a high yesterday of only 78. Now, that's something to throw your horns up for!
I came home from our group run and panic set it. The fast had begun. I wasn't allowed to eat anything after 8 pm. Telling a girl in marathon training that she can't eat for 12 hours is like, well, like telling me I can't EAT for 12 hours! Quel nightmare! Why couldn't I eat? Or exercise?
Because this morning I had an appointment with my nutritionist at the Cooper Clinic. I got to hear Dr. Cooper speak last week at the race and this is a man who is clearly passionate about what he does. I mean, he invented Aerobics!
I was going in to have my basal metabolic rate tested. Basically a test to determine how many calories I need to just live. You know, normal body functions while resting; breathing, heartbeat, thinking, etc. This will give me a better idea of how I need to be refueling on my active days. So, no food, water only for 12 hours. Fortunately, I was asleep for a good deal of that time. And yes, for once, I slept!
The test involved me breathing into a machine to measure how much oxygen I'm taking in. I had to clamp my nose shut and breath into this tube for about 10 minutes. Panic set in initially as it was quite awkward to not breath through my nose. I quickly got into the groove, leaned back, sat in the dark and tried to relax. We are trying to approximate sleeping. Attractive, no?
While I was busy breathing, the nutritionist calculated my BMR using standard formulas. According to Basal Energy Expenditure (BEE test) my basic caloric needs are 1285. The Mifflin formula puts me at 1185. These take into account my height and weight and a bunch of other mathy things.
Wanna know what the science came back with? 1469 resting. If I laid down all day long. That's a HUGE difference!
Why so different? Welp, the formulas can't take into account how efficiently my body burns calories. The more muscle mass you have, the less body fat, the more efficient you are at burning calories. Apparently, I'm a little hot box of calorie burn because I'm over 300 calories more efficient than one of the standard calculations. 1469 resting. 1900 for daily living, then add to that my calorie deficit for activity.
It's a big number.
No wonder I'm hungry all the time. No wonder I inhale my food!
So we talked about my plan for trying to get more lean. Which as she said, means I'll have to up my calorie intake that much more. I went away with a job aid of High Calorie Snacks. She reiterated that peanut butter is my friend. :o)
The only caution I was given was the concern that I might have difficulty becoming pregnant if I get much leaner. Um, yeah, I almost fell out of my chair laughing! Six marathons lady, (yeah, I added one) SIX. Getting pregnant is the LAST thing on my list for the next few months. And it's been a while, but if I remember correctly, I'm missing one pretty important component of that particular goal. So I don't see that happening, no worries!
The test provided some good information and a better idea of what my body needs to function at capacity. I ask alot of my lungs, my heart and my legs. I owe it to them to make sure they are properly fueled!
So I climbed in my car, threw back the protein shake I had waiting and gobbled up a granola bar. And yes, granola in the car is always a bad idea! Crumbs.
Have you ever consulted a nutritionist to aid in your training?