I hope every one is feeling as good as I am these days. Last year I had a horrible entry into the fall season due mostly to a plague of sickness that hung on up to mid December. This year I am stocked up with nutrients and am watching my health like a hawk! I am determined to have a strong off season with plenty of quality workouts and lots of cross country skiing. I got my job back at Sigge's on West 4th and Arbutus this season so I will devote more time into reforming my technique to become a better and more efficient skate skier. I'm certain there will be a few loppets and perhaps even one of the 50k ski races. I'm so excited for the cool rainy weather and the snow!! I can't wait for this time of year and no longer have to because it's definitely here. I will enjoy slipping into a new pair of running tights when it gets colder or even just the long sleeve shirt with a reflective vest. Don't forget to brighten up your outfits now that our sunsets are so much earlier and sunrises later.
Last weekend was the first race of the 2010 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series. The venue for this year's Pine Tree Classic was Mundy Park in Coquitlam. I had never been to Mundy Park before so I was excited to be running on some new trails. I was car pooling with a couple of my team mates from Vancouver which is always nice because I just sit back and enjoy my pre race goodies. For me this is usually something like a Lara or Cliff Bar and my Vega Sport drink. If I'm feeling like I need a bit more, I'll have some greens powder with orange juice and some Vega Sport. BAM!! Talk about fuel for the fire. This mix actually puts out the fire and allows for quicker recovery during workouts. I was able to have some organic oats, flax and pumpkin seed oatmeal as the race didn't start until 10am. I have been forcing myself to eat at early times which I am not used to before my long runs and races in order to prepare for the marathon. I'd like to have fuel in the tank before the run. I have been experimenting with different types of foods and the sustained energie they give me for training and living optimally. The above mentioned items have all faired well with my sensitive digestive system. (especially during intense workouts) As for fluids, I usually start my day with a large glass of water (at times with fresh lemon) I have been able to avoid coffee lately until noon. But the MonaVie EMV about 45 mins before any activity and some Vega Sport if I'm going the distance or need some extra boosters. I know this doesn't seem like much on the day of, but I prepare my body days in advance of an event by loading it up with essential nutrients. That way, I don't waist my energy on race day by trying to digest all of what I need while I'm running. It will be in storage and I can call upon it when I need it.
|Gramps for the win!|
As for the rest of my world, there is still a lot on the go. I am moving on the 1st of October and have yet to find a place which suits me. I am optimistic still but if all else fails, will have to live with a friend until I can find something appropriate. Work has picked up for the season and I will be very busy this winter. The rain has started to fall and I am ready for this winter to be a productive time. That's about all I have in my writing repertoire for today. Check back for more exciting info and news as we get closer to the marathon times. On that note, one last shout out before I get ready for practice. Sending all those athletes especially Katherine Moore our best wishes for great performances in Toronto Marathon. Also Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Marilyn Arsenault who was training for this event and got injured.
Things I hate: Renters looking for female room mates only. Are men that bad??
Things I love: Embracing the new seasons.