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Summer Work/ Adjusting My Running Schedule

Most of the time, I am a middle school science teacher. I say most of the time because once summer hits I usually pick up another job. I have done a little bit of everything. Of course, I have done some tutoring. But also worked at a bookstore, drove for Uber, worked in the Coors factory,washed cars and worked in a lab. I have also tried a few things online. I really wanted an online writing gig to work but I just couldn’t get fast enough at churning out articles to make it worth while. I used Upwork.com to get jobs but I could only really write about the things I know quickly enough to make it worth my time.

But the job I like the most (but has also had the greatest effect on my running!) has been cleaning houses. It’s a straight forward kinda job where you throw in your headphones, break a sweat and earn some pretty good money. I clean houses in Castle Rock (south of Denver) mostly because the money is better. While there are plenty of affluent people in Denver that make more than triple my little ole teacher salary, Castle Rock happens to be overflowing with them. If you happen to be one of these people and want to help a proud public servant, head over to Castle Rock Superior Maid Service and tell em’ Court sent ya! = D

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Treadmill Vs Outdoor Running

Everyone always wonders what I run on- treadmill or outdoor. Well, living in Colorado I do love running outside but after one fall on the ice I get good use out of my treadmill during the winter. This is a quite write up on the pros and cons to consider before purchasing a treadmill of your own (they ain’t cheap!) Enjoy!

Treadmill vs Outdoor running

Treadmill vs Running Outside: Pros vs Cons

If you’re just getting into running and trying to figure out which style of running works best for you, it may be a bit difficult to decide. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some things to think about:

 

The Treadmill

If you are just starting to run, this option was likely the first to cross your mind. Many gyms offer treadmills to their clientele and if you’re really serious about running you can purchase one for your home.

Pros

Running on a treadmill allows you to easily track your progress. If you are someone who is motivated by numbers, this might be a good way to keep you on track to achieve your running goals. Treadmills also allow you to grow as a runner at your own pace and keep yourself accountable to finishing a workout properly. The treadmill will act as a coach and help you maintain the correct speed and duration for interval workouts. They are also ideal for cold and rainy climates that commonly receive

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carbs

A Quick Guide to Carbohydrate Loading

Hey everyone! I get a lot of questions about carb loading for new runners and seasoned runners alike. So here it is- my quick guide to carb loading!

А Quiсk Guidе tο Саrb Lοаding Bеfοrе а Rасе

‘Саrbοhуdrаtе lοаding’ is рrοbаblу οnе οf thе mοst misundеrstοοd tеrms in sрοrts nutritiοn. Реοрlе сοmmοnlу think аnуοnе invοlvеd in sрοrt nееds tο ‘саrb uр’ аnd thе wау tο dο this is tο еаt ‘flаt οut’ in thе dауs lеаding uр tο аn еvеnt.  Rеаd οn tο gеt thе fасts οn саrbοhуdrаtе lοаding.

Whаt is саrbοhуdrаtе lοаding?

Саrbοhуdrаtе lοаding is а strаtеgу invοlving сhаngеs tο trаining аnd nutritiοn thаt саn mаximisе musсlе glусοgеn (саrbοhуdrаtе) stοrеs рriοr tο еndurаnсе сοmреtitiοn.

Thе tесhniquе wаs οriginаllу dеvеlοреd in thе lаtе 1960’s аnd tурiсаllу invοlvеd а 3-4 dау ‘dерlеtiοn рhаsе’ invοlving 3-4 dауs οf hаrd trаining рlus а lοw саrbοhуdrаtе diеt. This dерlеtiοn рhаsе wаs thοught tο bе nесеssаrу tο stimulаtе thе еnzуmе glусοgеn sуnthаsе. This wаs thеn fοllοwеd immеdiаtеlу bу а 3-4 dау ‘lοаding рhаsе’ invοlving rеst сοmbinеd with а high саrbοhуdrаtе diеt. Thе сοmbinаtiοn οf thе twο рhаsеs wаs shοwn tο bοοst musсlе саrbοhуdrаtе stοrеs bеуοnd thеir usuаl rеsting lеvеls.

Οngοing rеsеаrсh hаs аllοwеd thе mеthοd tο bе rеfinеd sο thаt mοdеrn dау саrbοhуdrаtе lοаding is nοw mοrе mаnаgеаblе fοr аthlеtеs. Thе dерlеtiοn рhаsе wаs dеmοnstrаtеd tο bе nο lοngеr nесеssаrу, whiсh is а bοnus fοr аthlеtеs аs this рhаsе wаs vеrу diffiсult. Аustrаliаn mаrаthοn runnеr, Read the rest

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Running in Hot Weather: The Most Underrated Nutrient for Rehydration

Colorado is hot. A lot hotter than people expect and the last few weeks have been…kinda miserable. Everyone knows it’s tougher to run in hot weather but most people think you should be able to  “just do it” (Send me my check Nike!). Well, that is half right. Sometimes you just need to get out there and endure the weather but what is more important is what you do after. We aren’t just talking about drinking water, although that is a huge part of it, we are talking about the number one nutrient for rehydration: sodium. That’s right. Sodium!
Sodium is the most important of the many electrolytes that help maintain fluid levels in the body. A lack of sodium, which is released in large quantities during heavy sweating, can cause chronic dehydration and cramping. Not good! According to this article, “A heavy sweater who has a high salt concentration could lose 1,300 mg of sodium during a 5-K, whereas a light sweater might only lose 155 mg.” But for the most part, sodium is easy to come by. There is plenty of it to be found in processed foods and of course fast food. But that’s just the problem. Many runners, myself included, are health conscious and warned that sodium should be avoided- which leads to an overall decrease in sodium intake. The decreased sodium consumption, combined with high activity and high sweat levels can lead to chronic … Read the rest