Friday, February 11, 2011

The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

Disclaimer:  Please take this post in the spirit in which it is intended.  I am in no way trying to poke fun of, or belittle, twelve step programs or those who are working through their steps.

Hello.  My name is TriGirl,

and I like to drink and run.

My poisons are water and lemon-lime Gatorade.   (YES, I have two; I was told this was a judge-free zone.) Ok, ok, when I run further than 6 miles I *may* partake in the occasional lemon-lime or apple cinnamon gel.  But only one every 45 minutes.  

That's not my problem though.  No, my problem is this...I can't co-ordinate drinking and running.   This is something I have actively been working on.  When I do my long runs (6+ miles) I wear my handy fuel belt to carry my gels and fluids.

I believe these are crucial because you really only store so much energy before you *run* out of it.  A little hit of Gatorade or a packet of gel can get you from feeling like this


in mere seconds!  (Don't worry mom, it's just a little sugar)

My little bottles have sports tops so over time I have managed to *sometimes* get a tiny sip without having to stop dead in my tracks.

For races I prefer to run without the belt because I like getting rid of the extra weight.

This means that I will rely on water stations to get my *liquid courage*.  My first experience with this was last July when I signed up for my first half-marathon.

Now, if you're anything like me, when you get into a new situation you want to integrate.  You know, blend in.

Look like you know what you're doing.  Like you've done this hundreds of times before.

Basically, for my first race I just didn't want to look like a noob.

**This post was getting ridiculously long so I've broken it up and am finishing up the second part.  It should be done by the end of the weekend so please come back to read the rest!




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...