Today was a 5km run day at a slow and steady pace. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be a big deal, I mean, I’ve been running 5k’s for a while now. However, I have never run a 5k the same day that I completed the #plankaday challenge from Chatelaine Magazine. What’s that, you may ask…
The “challenge” defined:
Complete one plank per hour for twelve hours (Learn more) And being the stubborn person that I am, I decided to really challenge myself and do at least one minute continuous plank; I’m proud to say not only did I do one minute continuous, but I actually completed several two minute continuous planks. If you are better at math than yours truly, that would be at least 12 minutes of planks; But I finished the challenge with 21 minutes of planks! I also have to tell you that my son did a few planks with me for moral support. Although he did more of a downward dog and when I was nearing the end of the challenge, he came over looking very serious and gave me a pat on the back. I laughed and then laughed some more.
Hence, the reason I feel like this explains why my run was a little tougher this evening than usual. The temperature was pretty nice around -2 or so and I had lots of fuel in my system, but lifting my legs and trying to pump my arms was a bloody nightmare! It didn’t matter how hard I tried to pump my arms, I could not get my legs to go any faster. Seriously. When I began my run, for the first kilometre or so, I was running at a pace almost two minutes off of my normal long distance pace. I finally got warmed up and got it down, but there was no negotiating with my body to go any faster this evening. I guess it’s a good thing that the run tonight was supposed to be at a slow and steady pace. The sidewalks were treacherous as well; between the slush in some areas and sheer ice in others I was elated to hear the coach come over the headphones to tell me the interval was complete.
Tomorrow is a cross training day. If I can get my act together, I plan to hit the gym early in the morning. Not sure what I’m going to do (we all know how much I hate biking). Thinking about hitting the elliptical up and maybe some weights (though I may have to wait and see how the old legs/arms are feeling after these planks!) What’s everyone else doing these days for cross training? And if I can’t make it to the gym in the morning, it will have to wait until tomorrow night because I get to see my best friend tomorrow! She has a layover here in Calgary (from Halifax) and I cannot wait to see her! It feels like Christmas Eve! YAHOO!
- Distance: 5.02 km
- Time: 31:37
- Pace: 6:18
- Best Pace: 5:37
Anyway, friends, hope everyone is happy and healthy out there! Happy Trails 🙂
Of course, every network is covering the election today. After watching Robin Meade for about an hour, I decided that was enough and left for a run. Today was another three mile run. I did the same route I did yesterday – it was pretty flat and shaded. I left a little later this morning, but it was still cool enough to enjoy it. There were lots of folks out biking, walking dogs and running. I continued my scan of the ground, but also noticed (after reading) that some of the trees lining the sidewalk have little creatures in them, so I was keeping an eye on them too.
Have no idea what my pace and actual distance was because I didn’t use RunKeeper today since Fido charges $10 for 10 MB per 24 hours. So for the rest of the week, I’m just going on the route I already know! Not much else to report. On other non-running related business, I watched the premier of #RHOBH last night – cannot freaking wait until it comes to Canada. This business of staggering them between the two countries is annoying.
Anyway, hope everyone is happy and healthy out there. Felix is giving everyone the thumbs up!
As I sit here drinking instant coffee (yes. instant. a travesty.) I was wondering whether I should be drinking coffee before a workout, after a workout or at all. Let’s be serious, there’s probably no way I’d ever give up coffee (it would be disastrous for everyone around me.) That is to say, unless a study comes out showing me definitively that coffee will give me a third eye, tail or something weird. And in any case, I may even take those consequences gladly if it means I can enjoy my daily cuppa joe.
I love a good cup of coffee. From Cappucino and latte to espresso. I like beans from Columbia, Hawaii and Peru (just to name a few.) Enjoy my Keurig and relish using my French press. For those of us coffee fiends, there is some good news: no impact, positive or negative, on cancer development. YAHOO! When was the last time you heard such a thing?
Other studies suggest that coffee consumption reduces the risk of being affected by Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s,heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and gout. Further, a longitudinal study from 2009 showed that those who enjoyed 2-3 cups of tea/coffee per day (mid-life) were less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s. (This is compared to those who drank little or none.)
But with the good, comes the bad. Coffee can increase the risk of acid reflux, headaches, lead to iron deficiency anemia and of course can cause sleep disturbances.
So back to the purpose of this post: is coffee okay to drink before a workout or run?
- Well, coffee before a workout can potentially increase weight loss (thank goodness.) The caffeine in a cup of coffee can speed up your metabolism, providing a burst of energy to help you with your workout (perhaps helping you push harder at higher intensity.)
- Caffeine can trigger muscles to use fat as an energy source, rather than carbs (affects are short-lived and vary)
- Caffeine has been found to enhance athletes performance during endurance activities and boosts stamina
These are all great things. But with the good comes the bad. Again.
- If you have a cardiovascular condition, having a cuppa joe before a run or workout may be dangerous (coffee + jogging is intense effect on heart rate and blood pressure)
- And, if you have hypertension, you should avoid coffee before a workout
I’m curious to hear what everyone else thinks about coffee before a workout. Has it made any difference? Good/Bad?
To learn more, check out the Livestrong website.