I learned a lesson last night. My body needs fuel.
Yesterday was a crazy day as I worked the morning, moved in the afternoon and then ran a tough workout. Through all my crazy busyness I forgot to eat anything substantial and thus found myself at workout both exhausted and starving. I was seeing stars before the workout even started so I was less then enthusiastic to run a 5km interval followed by a 2.5 km interval.
I ran approximately 10 seconds over pace time for the first interval. Considering how I felt over a long interval I was not disappointed. I did not feel bad per se not did I feel like I was running slow. I felt like I was running as fast as I could and not moving as fast as usual. I could not get my heart rate up and my cardiovascular system could not rev up to support my starving muscles. I was having a bit of trouble staying on my feet after the interval with nausea and dizziness. After a nice recovery I was relieved to start the second interval. Half way through the interval I was pushing as hard as I could. I started to panic a bit as I began to worry about having enough energy to make it home. I do not think I have ever been in the middle of a workout/interval with panic about being able to make it home later in day. I thought about dropping out but then I realized dropping out would add more time to my run so I kept running as hard as I could to finish the workout. It turns out I ran below pace time for my last effort which was a bit of a surprise.
I was so tired at this workout I thought I was going to puke then pass out in the woods. The thing is, I used to feel like this at every workout in university. No wonder I could not manage to improve. There are a lot of factors that have influenced my improvement over the past couple of years. I believe getting my diet under control is a huge aspect. Not only am I currently eating more then the average man but I am also way leaner. It is awesome.
Today's blog photos are courtesy of Rick Horne. They are from the race last weekend. I think it is hilarious that I get more elevation with my running stride then I do when I actually try to jump. These are also the first photos where I have noticed a bit of biceps. The gym is starting to pay off!
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