The past few days have been fairly unconventional for me. Things just haven’t gone as smoothly as they usually do and I’ve pretty much felt out of sorts. I had a number of “excuses” as to why things were just a bit off and boy did I catch an ear full for that one. The two primary examples come from this Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday I woke up early to run with Mrs. Schlub and just had a disastrous run. Nothing felt right and I should of just stayed in bed rather than going out to walk most of the 3 miles. The very next day, Thursday morning, I just slept right through my alarm and ended up being an hour late to work. See what I mean, something is just off!!
So of course being the needy husband that I am, I turn to my wife for some moral support expecting the traditional “your just having a rough couple days, you will bounce back” or “everyone has a rough couple days” and so on. Nope, not this wife LOL. Mrs. Schlub just went off on me about how my fueling is horrible and how I dare call myself a runner when I CHOOSE to improperly fuel my body. Why have a blog when I’m pretending to be a runner yet I’m not following all the appropriate training requirements.
Yikes!!! In all honesty, I exaggerate a little bit for emphasis but the one sided discussion pretty much went along those lines. The positive from this verbal onslaught is that she is 100% right. I have been feeling overly tired and a little bit lethargic because I am not fueling my body properly. More specifically, I am not drinking enough water for all my activity. It is an inferno here in AZ this time of year and you need to drink more water just because of that. Add in the occasional run and I should be drinking water nonstop to hydrate myself. So what do I do?? I throw in way too much soda, energy drinks, and occasional beer. Can you say recipe for disaster??
They say the first step to overcoming a problem is to admit you have a problem, “My name is Schlub, and I have a fueling problem!!” I started the blog a while back to keep a record of my running as well as a way to share my successes and challenges with other runners in hopes that some small bit of my running can help others. So runner newbs and runner veterans, please remember how important it is to properly hydrate. It really could be the different between some great runs and the start of an injury.
Lastly, how awesome is Mrs. Schlub?? Regardless of delivery, she told me exactly what I needed to hear. This is the type of accountability I need if I’m ever going to finish 26.2 miles.
Come on everyone, we are in the trust tree here….who has been fueling properly and who needs to make some drastic changes??