We all have bad habits don’t we? I know we have all heard that old saying that “it takes 21-30 days to break a habit,” but I hope I can kick this habit much sooner than that. The reason why I bring this up is because I am still struggling with my fueling.
Quick background, great run on Monday (3 miles, 835 ft of gain), equally great run on Tuesday (2.85 miles, 827 ft of gain), a full body weight training session Tuesday night, and a really productive speed workout today on my lunch break.
So sitting in my cube today, I stand up to stretch out my quad and I just about crumple in pain from cramping in my left hamstring. What is wrong with me?? Why do I keep getting myself into this situation?? I’m obviously not doing a very good job of learning from my past experiences.
Earlier this year I ended up pretty dehydrated after a warm weather run which caused me to start taking my water pack on ALL my runs regardless of the distance. I think I talked about it to death but I had bad cramping at my trail race a couple weekends ago. Now come full circle to today, with all the issues I’ve created for myself, you would think I would be handling this area of my training much better.
My weaknesses are soda and beer, both of which are horribly bad for a runner. Now there are tons of articles out there about elite runners using Coke/Pepsi in many aspects of their lives, and who doesn’t enjoy a good beer, but of course this is all in moderation. My challenge is that there are days that my soda consumption is much higher than my water consumption, and that is BAD!
I’m looking at my training program and making serious changes to try and become a better runner. Well you can see one area of training that I left out and that area is probably the most important to avoiding injury and keeping me running. So I’m challenging myself to track my water consumption along with my regular training program stats. I want to make water ounces as important as weekly miles and elevation gain. Overall the goal is to minimize the frequency of these cramping episodes I’m having, I don’t think I can be 100% rid of them, but this is happening way too often.
So let me know, does anyone else have bad habits that hinder your training?