How to prepare for a half with a sensitive stomach. Or something like that.

7 Mar

Hiiiiii!

I apologize for the lack of posting. I could lie and tell you I’ve been wicked busy and haven’t had a spare moment, but I could also tell you the truth, which is that I have been busy eating carbs, watching Frozen on repeat and wondering how the hell it’s already time for the San Diego Half Marathon.

Training started out pretty well and I was con.fi.dent., but the past couple of weeks have been a bit lackluster. I’m pretty sure I’m just burnt out and ready to be off of a training plan….and I also tend to put up a wall and pretend I’m not excited about something when I’m actually┬ájust nervous. The last half marathon I did was when my knee hit an all time low, so I feel like I’ve been working up to this race/comeback/redemption for the past 7 months, (holy crap have I really already lived in San Diego for 7 months?!), which causes me to put unnecessary pressure on myself.

So as all of you know (granted, not by choice) I have quite a sensitive stomach while running and sometimes have little devil children attacking my bowels.

(me? dramatic? noooo)

Well anyway, I thought I would give you a peak into a standard pre-half marathon week for me incase any of you suffer from demonic babies attacking your bowels a sensitive stomach, too….

I don’t have any pictures because as I told you, I’ve been busy watching Frozen, but eating wise I’ve stuck to simple carbohydrates, limited fiber (fruits & vegetables) and lots of water.

For example…… the majority of my diet this week has been turkey sandwiches, pizza (only once so far, which is actually ridiculous), crackers, honey nut cheerios, baked potatoes, bananas and m&ms.

I like to call this the “5 year old diet,” but to be honest my 5 year old nephew (6 tomorrow!!) probably eats better than that, so we’ll just call it the “non-diet.”

But it works for me, which is the most important part — you can read up on this carboloading stuff as much as you want, but all you’ll find is one article saying 60-65% of calories should be carbs and the other saying it should be 80% carbs. One article saying it doesn’t matter and another saying it can make all the difference. Best thing to do is test it out yourself.

I do think the most important part is to realize carboloading doesn’t mean you should eat every little thing in sight….continue to eat the same amount you normally do, just have your calories come from more carbohydrates than normal. Or don’t. My degree is in Family Studies, so remind yourself that when you go to take my advice :)

As for running, it has been LOW key around here. 2 miles on Tuesday and 2 miles on Thursday. I would have done another 2 miler tonight, but I have beach volleyball on Saturday and that should tire me out enough.

So there’s a little peak into Andrea’s very unscientific eating and running plan for the week leading up to a half marathon

There hasn’t been one picture in this post, which is a travesty, so here’s one for ya…..

I finally realized why I’m single realized another reason I’m single.

This was my outfit as I laid on my bed at 7pm on Tuesday to watch Frozen for the 4th time in 4 days

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Stripes on plaid on penguins

And with that, have a great weekend!

Anyone else racing this weekend?!

7 Responses to “How to prepare for a half with a sensitive stomach. Or something like that.”

  1. Chocolate Covered Race Medals March 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Good luck at your race this weekend — hope the stomach holds up!

  2. cldem March 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Have a great race! And I hope the demonic babies take a vacation for you :)

  3. ranchcookie March 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Thanks for the info on carboloading! I have never tried it before but I do have a sensitive stomach so maybe I will next time before race day! Guess you never know till you try it out :)

  4. kdawn2011 March 8, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Good luck on your race! I am not racing this weekend, but the weather is finally allowing me to run outside again so I am happy to be off the treadmill for my long run!

  5. runninrollinrunnin March 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Good luck at your race! I can relate to the stomach issues. Best wishes’

  6. Emily March 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    hahaha DYING you are amazing. that outfit though…just yes.

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