Adequate Eating and Annual Physicals
So remember about two weeks ago when I discussed the importance of getting a physical annually? (I told a story of my friend Irene who recently fainted during a long run and then when I fainted in a restaurant?) Well this morning on my way to work, I fainted on the train. And then I fainted getting off the train. (Disclaimer: I got off the train so everyone commuting to work wouldn't be inconvenienced by my syncope. Your welcome New Yorkers.) As luck would have it I was sitting next to a nurse who when I came to from the first and before hitting the floor for the second heard me say "this is my stop," got me off the train and brought all my running stuff with me. So here I am at the doctor to find out what the eff happened to me.
Fainting is terrible and awful and I wish it upon no one. And if this episode interferes with the Brooklyn half I will have a meltdown. So again, do yourself a favor and go get a physical. It's always a good idea to go in for an annual and for me it has been a little over a year and look what happened to me. Just do it for me. Or for yourself. Seriously, pick up the phone and make an appointment. I'm 24 and in perfect health and if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone.
So why did I faint? To be determined, but I think a low blood sugar/dehydration was a teeny tiny factor. Which leads me to share a meal plan every runner can afford (and one I use very often). I live in New York and living here is expensive so I understand the need to make dollar bills stretch as far as they possibly can. Yesterday I didn't take care of myself and I ate like a baby bird. Often runners, including myself, forget to hydrate adequately when they run in the rain. Same goes for snow. During and after my run I didn't drink any water. Then I got home late and was to tired to make dinner so I had an orange and some peanut butter, read a tiny bit of the funniest book in the world "Uganda Be Kidding Me" by Chelsea Handler (if you need a new book to read go get it I am dying-literally I fainted twice. oof bad joke...to soon...to soon...) and then I went to bed. Then when I got up this morning I was going to wait to eat (like I do every day) when I got into the office. I'd rather eat at work and save 10 minutes to sleep more and do my hair.
Here's what my average day looks like food wise when I am training.
1 Whole Wheat Bagel or English Muffin with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 Yogurt with Honey (if I am really in the mood for a treat, I spice it up with [peanuts/pine nuts/ almonds], dark chocolate chips, mint, some slices of orange/tangerine and honey.)
Chicken Cesar or Turkey Wrap-perfect amount of carbs, proteins and veggies. Wherever possible I substitute spinach for lettuce (some people do kale but I find kale almost always repulsive)
Apple with peanut butter or baby carrots and hummus
I'm going to give you three of my favorite dinners that take maybe 30 minutes to cook. (I love to cook and I don't understand the concept of cooking for anyone under 5 people so most of my dinners I freeze or eat for the week)
Spaghetti with ground turkey, broccoli and peppers
Stir Fry with Shrimp or chicken, veggies, quinoa and a soy sauce concoction of (soy sauce, red wine vinegar, dry sherry, chicken broth, corn starch [to thicken this delicious goodness], sesame oil, chili oil, peanuts and green onions. YUM)
Mexican Casserole (Recipe below)
1 cup quinoa (or you can use instant brown rice if your not on the quinoa bus)
2 cups water
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can of green green chiles
1 tsp cumin
1 tablespoon salsa
Basically you brown the turkey, drain the fat/liquid, and then add everything into the skillet. Then bake it at 375 for 30 minutes and BOOM delicious food treasure. If you're feeling really dangerous you can eat it with tortilla chips. #sogood
(I've also made it substituting cream of chicken soup for just chicken broth and it was delicious as well)
Eat food. If you're running you need to eat a tiny bit more than usual. Your body needs it or you'll probably end up on the floor of a subway platform like me. (So awful and so embarrassing.)
But there we are. I'm walking around in a foggy haze. My head hurts a teeny bit so I am going to baby bike ride my way to Chelsea instead of running after work. Then it's an early bed time for this fainter. We will re-assess tomorrow.