PM P.S. for Monday, August 22

Here is what I'm reading today:

  • Flavorwire: While I look forward to spending time in London next summer, I really look forward to spending time here! At the end of the article, it talks about a comparison between this pool and the famed Beijing Water Cube, one which I'm happy to give in approximately one year from now.
  • Saveur: As we out of transition summer and into fall, these recipes are sure to please. With a hearty and substantial offering, they are suited for carnivores and vegetarians alike.
  • New York Times: Back to school! Are you sending a child off to college? (I know that some of you readers are taking your children to college and for the first time!)  Check out one parents perspective.
  • Huffington Post: Looking for a new job? Or maybe a career change? If you're interested in moving to London, this might just be the job you're looking for... and with excellent pay!
  • Women's Health Magazine: Which yoga poses are most helpful for runners?

The Eating Deadline

I've stopped eating after 7pm.  Then, I stopped eating carbs at 7pm.  I've tried only eating fruit in the evenings, as an evening snack. I've read that eating any less than 3 hours from bedtime creates belly bulge, eating before you go to sleep permits the food to just sit in your stomach when your metobolic rate is null, but also read that eating healthy food before bed helps you body to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the food, allowing it to repair itself. Which is right? Logically, a calorie equals a calorie, no matter what time of day, right? Most testing up to this date had been done on animals, and found that a calorie in is indeed a calorie, no matter what time of day or night one consumes the food. However, a recent study on men and women found that eating late does in fact have an impact on ones waistline and body mass index number.  Most participants were also lacking sleep, which is another contributer to weight gain, but scientists determined that one shouldn't eat past a certain hour and there is an eating dealine: 8pm.

Think there will be a run in restaurant reservations for 6pm? Enjoy your weekend... eat early!

Thank Goodness for Active Recovery (Day 9)

Yesterday's workout was really tough.  I had 5 sets to do, and to be honest, I was dreading the workout from the very beginning. Three sets was doable... five sets were going to be a challenge.  What do I do when I'm procrastinating? I clean and pick-up around the house.  That is, until I realize I'm stalling and then I get to the workout staring back at me. What I realized is that when I workout, I have to stay in the moment.  Wishing I was finished with the workout or the race isn't going to get me to the end any faster and it's just going to make the process, and the entire experience, miserable.  This is where yoga is a huge help, and has been beneficial during long, grueling workouts and races.  When I was 56 miles in the bike during the Ironman, and knew I had another 56 miles left (before the marathon) I had to stay present, in the moment, and take notice what was going on around me at that precise second.

Yesterday was no different.

I took each of the four pieces of the workout (one piece of the workout included the 5 dreaded sets) as it came and practiced mindfulness during each, until the last part, which was a run, where I plugged in my iPod and (again) ran to Lil Wayne.  I supposed music is a meditation of a different kind, right?

Today is an active recovery day, which for me means an hour of self-guided yoga later this afternoon.  First, we're off to a Duathlon, in which Doug is competing.  Then the yoga. Post yoga, we're off again and headed to Baltimore, where I'm speaking at a She Does Tri camp for women triathletes of all abilities.  I'm really looking forward to meeting the women and sharing my triathlon experience with them. With all of the running around, it doesn't sound like much of a "rest" day, does it?

Until tomorrow...

P.S. The key lime pie? It was delicious.  With homemade lime infused whipped cream, it was hands down one of the best food items I've ever made.  Doug is not a sweets person, but does really enjoy a slice of key lime pie every now and again, and even he was blown away.  (my words, not his, but still... was yummy!)