Where is My Mojo

Thrive

In Run on January 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

A friend of mine who has in the process of converting to a vegetarian wrote me recommending the book Thrive by Brendan Brazier, a vegan professional triathlete that has done several Ironman races. When I went to look it up, I saw he had three books. Being the practical, straight to the point person I am, I went to Facebook, liked his fan page, and left him a note as to which of the three he recommended I go for, because quite frankly I will not read all three books. I need the short cut to the real thing. His response was: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life. The beauty of Social Networks! Don’t you love it? I’m still in awe with technology these days… So I already downloaded the book to my iPad and am looking forward to seeing what there is to discover in order to feel better before, during and after training.  

Just so you know, I’ve been hurting badly from my IT bands during the long runs and I know it’s a combination of many things… poor strength leg training (I really find it hard to do this on my own at home), new shoes which implies changing my running posture (I got these awesome Newtons that make you fly up a bridge. Seriously), no post-training/racing recovery discipline (I know I should ice, etc), don’t get much supplements into my diet and, something I came to terms with, I’m not getting enough protein into my body (so poor muscle repair). Nutrition is important, period. And if on top you are training and racing, it’s even more so.

I can only hope positive changes are coming my way in the next weeks… On the meantime, I just want to get through the half marathon pain free.

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