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Quick Tip – Hydrate Before You Run

One thing I noticed early in my RAGNAR training was that I was getting some severe headaches after my runs, as well as some irritation around my eyes. We found out that the irritation was due to really high salt levels in my sweat. It turns out that it didn’t matter that I was hydrating well and replacing electrolytes after my run. I was running on a “dry engine” and to some extent overheating my body.

So I started having a glass or two of water before I went out on my runs. I was concerned at first about this since it was an early morning run (soon after waking) and that too much fluid in my stomach would give me stomach cramps during my run. I’ve had that problem before and I think it is worse than the problem I was facing.

It turns out the average body can handle a glass or two of fluid shortly before a run with no problems. I found that my “overheating” issue went away immediately, and I haven’t had any headaches since!

So take it from me, hydrate before you run! Continue reading “Quick Tip – Hydrate Before You Run”

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Momentos

Today marked the last run for a pair of my running shoes. They’ve lasted a heck of a lot longer than they were intended for, and there have been quite some memorable runs on them (two RAGNARs, a marathon, and a bunch more). I debated about hanging on to them, as a moment of those runs, but I’ve decided not to. However, it got me thinking about the other mementos I keep around. Continue reading “Momentos”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  New Zealand distance runner, Nikki Hamblin and American runner, Abbey D'Agostino pose for a portrait on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hamblin and D'Agostino came last in their 5000m heat on Tuesday after they collided and fell midway through their race. The pair have been commended for their sportsmanship after they helped each other up to finish the race.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

My Favorite Moment of the 2016 Olympics

I’ve been fortunate enough to see a lot of the Olympics this year, thanks to the wide amount of events being streamed over the Internet and a simple Nexus tablet sitting on my desk. I’ve seen quite a bit of history making, lots of first medals for a country or victories for an individual after a really long dry spell, and world records being smashed to bits. My favorite thing to have seen, was an event that embodies athleticism, competition, and heart beyond gold, silver, and bronze. Continue reading “My Favorite Moment of the 2016 Olympics”