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The Foam Incident

August 9, 2012

So, as many of you saw a few weekends ago on my FB page, I had a little bit of a situation while completing an 11-mile training run for the Wild Half on 8/26.  This is what happened:

On Sunday morning, I attempted to run 11 miles in high heat and humidity and ended up extremely dehydrated… near the point of heat exhaustion.  I sweat so much during the run and was so dehydrated I couldn’t even sweat anymore… and that little foam excretion was one of several results of that. I ran with 4 bottles (28 oz) of pedialyte and drank 1/2 bottle of Gatorade beforehand, but it apparently was not enough.

Lesson learned, right?  Drink more fluids and you’re gonna be FINE. It’s all good.
No… it’s NOT good.  
Now, I’m going to tell you what REALLY happened.  It’s not pretty… I’m not proud of it… but what happened to me didn’t happen due to one morning of not drinking enough Gatorade before I ran.
On Wednesday, I was approximately 10 lbs over my previous weigh-in.  I had a terrible week of eating and not working out since my successful 10-mile run the Sunday prior and THIS was the result.  So, I decided to be very strict in both diet AND exercise to get my weight back to a manageable level by weigh-ins on Saturday.  A couple of hard workouts on Thursday and Friday, along with protein shakes, bars, and other weight control food items to eat.  Saturday morning, I had a hard workout – 30 minute interval training indoors and a 30 minute bootcamp in heat/ high humidity.  I was beat… I got dizzy at the end but knew that I would still weigh-in after working REALLY hard and breaking into a MAJOR sweat.  Weigh-in was successful, down 1.6 lbs.
** EDITORS NOTE – In case this point slipped past you – I LOST 11 POUNDS IN 76 HOURS. **
After weigh-ins, I did usual Saturday stuff, then enjoyed a couple glasses of wine over dinner and a nightcap Saturday night.  On Sunday morning, I attempted to run 11 miles in high heat and humidity and ended up extremely dehydrated… near the point of heat exhaustion.  I sweat so much during the run and was so dehydrated I couldn’t even sweat anymore… and that little foam excretion was one of several results of that.  I ran with 4 bottles (28 oz) of pedialyte and drank 1/2 bottle of Gatorade beforehand, but it apparently was not enough.

As you can see… the story is A LOT different when you really step back and evaluate a situation. Some people say I think too much… process too much… but, sometimes, my ridiculous thought process yields a result.  Now, there were a lot of theories as to what happened:
1)  Soap – not so ridiculous when you realize excessive sweat and clothes not fully rinsed in the washer has yielded this in the past:
2)  Zombie Transformation – y’all think I joke when I talk about this… 
3)  Salt – the most likely reason as we were out and about, but the least entertaining (to be honest)
Let’s recap, shall we?  To prepare for an 11-mile run on Sunday, I :
* Starved myself since Wednesday,
* Dehydrated myself since Wednesday, 
* Worked out to the point of dizzyness on Saturday, and
*  Drank alcohol (which dehydrates) on Saturday night. 
This is clearly NOT the smartest thing you could ever do to prepare for a run such as this.  That being said, I want to make sure EVERYONE that reads/ cares/ works out etc. realizes one VERY important thing from all of this – this situation wasn’t because of ‘one bad day’… if you’re planning something “extreme” like an 11-mile run, you need to prepare for it accordingly.  This situation – MY situation – could have been drastically worse.  Enough to the point that I was actually very hesitant to get back out and run again… it scared me that much.
SO LISTEN GAHDAMMIT – please Please PLEASE be careful, listen to your bodies, and do NOT push yourself like a mad man/ woman.  The majority of us have MUCH more to be concerned with than lowering our pace time or losing a few pounds on the scale, so remember those things when you feel like you may be pushing yourself too hard.
Lastly… there are a few people I need to thank.  First, thank you to my friends Nancy and Martin who were with me that day and made sure I made it back to the house safely.  I also want to thank my friends and readers for all the suggestions, but specifically to Heather and Melissa – the two people who, when I posted this on FB trying to figure out what happened, supplied the most valuable information that helped me really figure it out – ladies, I seriously can’t thank you enough.  And finally, thank you to Jennifer for keeping me well fed and hydrated the rest of day on Sunday, all while keeping the “dude, what the f**k were you thinking?!?!” comments to a minimum 🙂 – when you tell me ‘I got you’, I know you mean it.
This was not a funny incident.  This was serious shit.  I skipped my weigh-in last week… I rested my body… I’m trying to re-focus on “being healthy”, not “losing weight” so I’m eating smart, working out smart and gonna attack my future long runs well prepared.
One bad day didn’t ruin my run… a bunch of them did.  And I’m determined not to let that happen again.

(UPDATE – Since the writing of this post, I completed a ‘foam-free’ 12-mile run, my last long run prior to the half marathon on 8/26… proper preparation yields positive results!)

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Branded

August 6, 2012

So this blog is about my logo.

Kinda weird to think about that… that I need some kind of logo for the blog, etc.  I’d be lying if I said it had not crossed my mind in the past, but recent events led me to really make an effort to get this squared away.  One of my followers – turned friend – Maria ran a race recently.  Before the race she said “I’m gonna make a shirt”… here’s the shirt:

Humbling to be honest.  Kinda left me speechless.  She got one, Jennifer got one… but now, after she posted it on my Facebook page, everyone began asking me about “getting shirts” and stuff.  To be honest, I got a little overwhelmed… people were sending me suggestions, asking about sizing, would there be an iPhone case (yes, this was asked) and a bunch more.  So I started throwing out some feelers.  Two people in particular made an effort to engage me to get the ball rolling – Mark Lindamood and Jennifer Cline.  I can’t thank them enough for taking time to talk to me a little and offer their assistance on this project.

Jennifer is multi-talented – Beachbody coach, fitness instructor, web/ graphic designer, zombie hunter, ninja… the list goes on and on.

Mark is OK… he’s a guy I know.  Just kidding – Mark is a great friend,  music producer, web designer – and currently my co-host on No Filter Radio (you DO know about No Filter Radio, right???)

Anyhow, both are extremely talented individuals at EVERYTHING they do so, if you have any needs in the areas I linked above, PLEASE reach out to them.  You won’t regret it.

Mark ultimately designed my logo – after a bunch of nitpicky e-mails I sent him about how I wanted it to look.  I had a vision and he made it a reality.  So… without further ado, ladies and gentlemen… my new logo:

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I’d love feedback on it, good and bad.  Mark laid out EXACTLY what I asked him to do and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Now… let’s talk about merchandise.  You wanted merchandise?  Here’s merchandise.  Ladies and gentlemen… may I present to you The Official Blubber To Runner Store!!!

Make Custom Gifts at CafePress

Seriously… there are more changes coming – including a possible new move for my blog.  More to come on these changes, but PLEASE use the store to buy some things if you’d like – and, if you want to wear something for our 1st Annual Blubber To Runner ‘Just Show Up’ Virtual 5K… I have a custom shirt for THAT too!

CLICK HERE to order – It’s customizable so you can put it on any type of shirt you want!  🙂

AND DAMMIT GIVE ME FEEDBACK… I can take it, I swear.  Y’all are freakin’ awesome and value every last one of you.  Keep inspiring me!!!  🙂

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