The few times in my life that I've gotten really bad migraines have all been due to hydration issues (i.e. the time in law school that I spent all day moving furniture in the 90 degree heat and then went out for drinks afterwards). In retrospect, I think I've probably gotten a little cocky with my running recently.
ice bath because I was so convinced that my muscles would be sore. I also used to wake up early on the morning on a long run so I could have my standard breakfast of toast with butter and a half cup of gatorade, wait thirty minutes, and then go for my run.
As you get more comfortable and confident in your running, you begin to realize which of those routines are necessary and which you can do without. If I was going to go outside tomorrow morning and run 13 miles, of course, I'd do my special pre-run routine. I'd also take a water bottle with me on the run and then immediately upon returning home, have a full bottle of gatorade and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (yum!) However, that's not what I've been doing for my weekly long runs recently because my weekly long runs have been shorter and I didn't think that I needed it.
Let's take last Saturday as an example. On Friday night, I went to dinner with friends and had two glasses of red wine - nothing inherently wrong with that, but I rarely drink so my body's not really used to it. On Saturday, I woke up and had waffles for breakfast (yum) and two cups of coffee then I sat around for a few hours. Then I trotted off to run 7 miles. I didn't take any water with me. I got home, hopped in the shower, and had a Fiber One poptart. Then I went shopping. At what point during the day did I have water? At what point during the day did I have enough food to keep myself fueled for a 7 mile run? I didn't. So big surprise I ended up dizzy and miserable in the Banana Republic fitting room.
I'm taking this last week as a wake-up call. Now, I still don't think it's necessary to do a full pre and post run routine for the relatively short 7-8 mile runs I'm doing on the weekends, but I'll certainly be a little more diligent about having...oh I don't know...some water before I go on my run and then maybe some more when I get home.
I've already gone through almost 32 oz. of water this morning and will try to tackle 8 miles tomorrow. Hopefully I've identified the issue and can take the past week's misery as a learning experience before moving on.
This morning my cell phone was not cooperating and it deleted the pictures I took of my outfit. But being the diligent little blogger that I am, I went to the bathroom at my office to take some pictures. It was definitely a little nerve racking thinking that someone could wander in at any moment and see me taking pictures of myself in the mirror, but I've made it back without tremendous embarassment so yay!
Sweater, Charter Club (available at Macy's), size Medium
(these sizes run wacky though so make sure to try it on before you buy)
Pants, Banana Republic, Jackson size 12 (from a few years ago)
Belt, Nine West, size Large
Shoes, Bandoline, size 9.5
For anyone who is a super dork (like me), here's a bit of trivia. Today's Queen Song of the Day was Seven Seas of Rhye from the album Queen II. The title of this post is See What A Fool I've Been, which was released as the B-side to the Seven Seas of Rhye single in 1974.
And cooler still, this was complete coincidence. I had scheduled the Queen Song of the Day weeks ago and then picked See What A Fool I've Been as the title to this post before realizing that the two songs were related in any way. Obviously I'm on some sort of cosmic intuitive level with Queen. Right? Right.