Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday Lunch Walk

Good walk - I felt really good today legs feel strong and fast - I really push the pace the second half and was able to improve my pace - beautiful day blue sky, cold crisp air - nice day to be outside - Yesterday I had a problem with my Forerunner 910XT not being able to upload data to the site - I after several calls to Garmin I had to do a complete reboot which eases everything which is real annoying but at least I can now download and fell comfortable about using it for the marathon Saturday - no problems no pains -

Thursday Lunch Walk by ashby

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Lunch Walk

Good run - felt real good today legs felt strong - real pretty out but cold - had a nice walk- no problems or pain - Froerunner would not upload to the site - I was able to get the data

Wednesday Lunch Walk by ashby

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Lunch Walk

Nice walk - I still feel slow  - cloudy out and just a tiny bit of drizzle today - no problems or pains -

Tuesday Lunch Walk by ashby

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tir na nOg Club Run #74

Good run - real nice out tonight was able to run in just shorts, a shirt and gloves - ran with Ivy, started with Jon, Meri and Emily - I tried to keep up with everyone but I still could not - Ivy ran with me anyway - I felt good and ran well - no problems or pains -

Tir na nOg Club Run #74 by ashby

Monday Lunch Walk

Good walk - pretty outside today - legs felt tire and slow but no problems or pains -

Monday Lunch Walk by ashby

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Raleigh Galloway Training Run #28

Good run - I was not feeling completely recovered from the Half on Thursday so I run 5 miles - I was planning to run it soft but it was so cold I end up running a bit faster - I had a good run with no problems or pains and after I got going I felt pretty good - this will be my last Galloway run this year - next Saturday I will be running the First Decent Full  Marathon -

Raleigh Galloway Training Run #28 by ashby

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Skinny Turkey Half Marathon 2012

Real good race - I had a good race not as fast as i had hopped but still a good race and it was very well put on - they started on time - the streets were not closed but they had traffic control where it was needed and they had good water stations - all of them when I was there were stocked and maned but happy, helpful folks - the router was well marked and pretty - the medal is very nice and looks good and in addition to that we also got a nice hat when we finished  - the t-shirts look good and fit also we got socks and arm warmers - a very impressive race - I would recommend it to everyone - one thing this was a very hilly router but it is doable and beautiful to run - we also had great weather - I will likely run this again - my fuel, Apricots, worked well - I had just a little gas about 7 minutes after only some of them - I had not stomach problems and no brain fog - I finished feeling well - I was slower than I had hopped to be but I think this was due to how hill the route was - I am going to get some Tums to see if I can use those while and after I run to help with the gas from the carbs - this does seem like progress - I ate the first one at 52 minutes then one every 30 to 45 minutes after that - I took a caffeine pill at mile 9, 10 and 11.7 - no problems or pains

Skinny Turkey Half Marathon 2012 by ashby

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday Lunch Walk

Good walk - felt a little faster today - nice out today blue sky and Sunshine - no problems or pains -

Wednesday Lunch Walk by ashby

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Piano Run on Symphony Lake Greenway

Nice soft run with Emily and Farset - it was dark when we started but the park was still open - I only want a comfortable stretch of my legs - it was a good run - it was great to run with Emily again - no problems or pains - I am looking forward to the Skinny Turkey Half Thanksgiving day -

Piano Run on Symphony Lake Greenway by ashby

Tuesday Lunch Walk

Good walk - felt better today - planning to run about 2 miles easy tonight the rest for the Half on Thanksgiving day - no problems or pains -

Tuesday Lunch Walk by ashby

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Lunch Walk

Good walk - I am feeling pretty poorly today - i believe I ate something that is not agreeing with me - I felt real tired on the walk but It felt good to move- hopeful I will be better

Monday Lunch Walk by ashby

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Run at White Oak Tobacco Trail

Good run - met with Jon and Emily - Bert, Meri and Ivy could not make it - We had a real nice run - we were together for a mile or so the Jon took off and Emily and I continued to run 30:30s - I was wanting to try run a 15:45 pace and we managed to get real close to that and I felt real good - I was eating the dried Apricots about every 20 minutes not that I needed them on such a short run but I needed to test them and so far they seem very good - no problems no pain -

Sunday Run at White Oak Tobacco Trail by ashby

Friday, November 16, 2012

Walking North on the Beach from the house

Just a walk on the beach from the house Satisfaction at OBX - it was pretty cold and there was a strong North wind so I walked North into the wind  so I would have a tail wind on the way back - it was a nice walk - I was solo - I saw no one for the whole walk but it was fun -

Walking North on the Beach from the house by ashby

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Recovery Run around Fort Raleigh

Real nice recovery run with Emily, Meri, Bert, Ivy and Jon - after sight seeing at Island Fort - there were some single track trails and we just ran around until we had done the distance we wanted - it was a nice run and I felt good - I was trying to push my pace but could not tell how I was doing the trees were giving the instance pace - I was a little faster but not as much as I had hopped - maybe run on the trails slowed me down  - I ate a dried Apricot before the run and after about 35 minutes of the run - I had no problem with them no problems with feel poorly and no belching from them - this is promising  - no problems or pains -

Recovery Run around Fort Raleigh by ashby

Monday, November 12, 2012

After OBX Marathon Recovery Ride

Real nice after noon ride with Meri - we rode from the house, Satisfaction, at OBX North up Virgina Dare Tr. to about mile 3 where we were blocked due to the work they were doing to clear up from hurricane Sandy - I was a nice ride but there was a pretty good head wind on out South - when we got back to the house Meri dropped off I continued on South for five more miles and then returned - I really enjoyed this ride - I am feeling a lot better after my ride -

After OBX Marathon Recovery Ride by ashby

Saturday, November 10, 2012

OBX Outer Banks 8K Challenge 2012

Real good race - ran with Meri and Emily started Marjorie, Rebecca but their pace was a bit faster - was pleased with the pace we ran doing the same pace Sunday will be great - felt good and ran well - had a lot of fun - Jon ran back up the route after finishing his race and join us to run in with it - such fun - feeling good looking forward to Sundays Full - I ate a piece Quest bar at mile 2.75 to test how I would do and I had no problems or ill effects I even seemed to get a little boost by mile 4 - going to try them taking a piece and a macadamia nuts to add more fat - I am really hopeful that this will work for me - it is about shower and nap time -

OBX Outer Banks 8K Challenge 2012 by ashby

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday Lunch Walk

Good walk - felt real good today - was walking well - I was trying to push the pace and did manage to go a little faster - also today I had received the Quest bars I ordered - I cut one of each in quarters - I ate one at the start of my walk and one after one mile - I was fasting since about 8 PM last night at this time - This is faster than I will be using them during my long runs but it was the only test I could come up - this is a very limited test but so far no problems - no problems or pains - I want to try to run this evening but I have a lot to do to get ready to travel to OBX so it may not happen -

Thursday Lunch Walk by ashby

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday Lunch Walk

Good walk - feeling a lot better legs not sore and I am no longer feeling tired - it was again very cold and cloudy but otherwise nice to be out - I have a seminar this evening so if I am able to run it will be after that from home - I am so looking forward to the OBX trip and races

Wednesday Lunch Walk by ashby

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday Lunch Walk

Good walk but I am still slow but less sore today however I am feeling pretty tired - I slept well last night I guess just not long enough - very cold and gray shies today - no problems or pains -

Tuesday Lunch Walk by ashby

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Lunch Walk

Good walk - really pretty out today - cloudy but clear skies - there was a cold breeze - legs were a bit still and tired and my quads hurt a little but otherwise no problems or pain - pretty good for the day after a half I feel -

Monday Lunch Walk by ashby

Sunday, November 4, 2012

City of Oaks Half Marathon 2012

Good race - had a great time running the with my friends Jon's with Emily - she was great company and it was fun - in spite of what seemed like might be bad weather it was pretty good not as cold as I thought it was going to be and it did not rain even though there was a thunder storm at 4:20AM - the route, volunteers, water stop, bathrooms - everything in my view was very well done  - I ran pretty well and felt real good until about mile 10 and I was just getting a little tired - I decided to eat a few Sports Beans at mile 11 to see if that would help - I was a little worried about doing this because I had had some trouble on training runs when I had eaten grape or oranges during the run - I finished the run but was not feeling well - I went to the medical tent to get my blood pressure checked - it was fine but I was not - I have limited space here and have a lot to say about what I have figured out - I will put this and the rest in my blog - @

Besides my blood pressure which they tested twice - the first one right after I finished the race was 141/84 pluses of 134 which was about what I usually get when I have taken my meds and not been running about 10 minutes later I was still feeling poorly so I asked Debbie the lady from REX that was looking after me to take it again it was 118/66 pluses 124 which she said was great.  I was not feel right so she checked the O2 in my blood and told me it was 98% which was also great.  I asked them to check my blood sugar it came out as 135, I expected it to be real low based on how I felt.  Debbie felt 135 was fine since I had eaten 7, yes I counted them, Cherry Sports Beans at mile 11.2.  I was baffled nothing was wrong but I felt bad.  Why was I feeling so bad if everything was good she also told me my color was good and I looked OK.  I sat there for over an hour feeling poorly but I could not understand why.  I decided to see if I could stand and get back to my car.  With Debbie watching me I stood up expecting to be very light headed and to have a problem but I did not.  I was not light headed but I still felt very poorly.  I decided to walk to my car and found I could walk easily, my legs were not sore or tired and I could walk without any problem.  As I walked to my car I began to realize I was not having a problem with light headedness but I was having trouble thinking clearly like I was drugged somehow.  Physically I was really doing great after running 13.1 miles but I was having trouble thinking like I was in a fog. That is when I had the epiphany, I was experiencing what I had heard some people on some of the podcasts and blogs I read describe as 'Brain-fog'.  That is what I felt like I was in a fog. I had heard these folks talk about feeling poorly and like they were in a fog because they had eaten a lot of carbs. But I had not eaten a lot of carbs I had eaten 7 beans. Then as the fog cleared a bit I really began to think.

I had already learned over the last several year that I do not have a normal metabolism.  While I was still trying to control my blood sugar with the drugs and insulin I would get all sorts of unexplainable blood sugar swings even thought I was eating what I was suppose to, eating on a regular schedule and taking my drugs at the same time.  I over time found out the only way I could get it under control was to stop eating almost all carbs. I have recently found out that my weight lose efforts had be stalled because that about once I week I would treat myself to Sushi.  That one single ingestion of carbs was keeping me out of ketosis, which was necessary for me to lose weight.  By increasing the amount of fat and eating almost on carbs I am losing weight again.  So lets assume for what ever reason my body does not handle carbs well and it is now use to functioning with almost none and seems to be functioning well based on haw I have been feeling.  Then I when it is already under stress dump a lot of carbs into it. Is 7 Sport Beans a lot of carbs, to most people no but my current diet contains about 6 grams of carbs a day. Based on the info on the package I ate 12.5 grams at one time twice or more than what I would eat all day all at once in a form that is designed to go into ones system very fast.  What I normally eat is always with a lot of fat and some protein.  I am thinking that I just cannot take that much at one time. Most of my friends have told me I should eat more carbs when I run and I can understand why it works for them. They eat them and they get a boost but I really believe when I eat them in that amount something else happens in me.  I have no way to know but I can try to find some other way to fuel my running. I do know the last four times when I have eaten carbs during the run I have had this sort of problems I just did not put it together and recognize the similarities of the problems I had after each run.

My pan is to cut up a Quest bar into little bit size pieces - I have eaten them on runs in the past and not had problems that I remember but they are hard to eat especially if it is a little cold. If I have them cut into small pieces I can eat little bit often without trouble. I really hope this works eating carbs sure does not.

City of Oaks Half Marathon by ashby

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Raleigh Galloway Training Run #25

Good walk - it was pretty cold but nice out this morning - Emily and I walked together - we were just walking because we are running the City of Oaks Half Sunday - we started with the Pacers but when they started running we just walked - it was nice to not miss the run completely and it felt good to do something - looking forward to the race -

Raleigh Galloway Training Run #25 by ashby

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday Lunch Walk

Good walk - felt good and walked well - I went out in shirts sleeves and it was a tad cool but not bad except in the wind - was a pretty day mostly blue sky with a few thin clouds - I walked at a good pace but not as fast as I felt I could - trying to be in the best shape possible for the COO - looking forward to the Galloway Run Saturday where I will just be walking 2 miles and the City of Oaks Half -

Thursday Lunch Walk by ashby