Guest Post – Numero Dos…
Continuing with my GPoster series, today I want to introduce you to AAM. An Amazing Man. IMHO anyway. But, if you read TED’S BLOG I am certain you will get a glimpse of the Amazing Man. Ted ran a half marathon with me. Ted is a much faster runner than I am. Ted stuck with me even though I know he wanted to run faster and faster. I could not run fast and so Ted stuck with me. Helped me. Encouraged me throughout. I will never forget that. I think if you search the word amazing on google – Ted will appear. So, without further ado, please take the time to read this post. It is informative and interesting and oh so TED. Thanks bro!!
Ted is the taller one!!!
I am speechless. You see, my friend, Michelle have asked me if I want to write up something for her blog. I am flattered. It is such an honor to do this. It is such a privilege for me to write up something for her blog. The real problem is….. What should I write? Should I write a sad one? a funny one? or what? Instead of writing up something. I have decided to do something different. I am questioning about Michelle’s friends who leave the comments on her blog. I am questioning about their intelligence; their IQ level when it comes to running. How much do they know about running? In another word, how much shit do they know about running and their nutritious intakes? Heh heh, a perfect opportunity for me to insult their intelligence. Just kidding!!! It is all in the fun. I have decided to do a fun quiz to see what they know…. Enjoy taking the quiz.
What is the most important pre- and post- race food/drink to have?
- Banana is a perfect pre- and post- race food.
- True – Banana is rich in potassium. It prevent leg cramping especially before the race.
- False – Eating too many bananas will lead to potassium overload in your digestive system and could disturb your electrolytes.
*Keep in mind that Banana are really high in sucrose. Just don’t eat too much bananas or you will go bananas. Simple as that. Eat in moderation. It is possible that getting too much potaassium can throw off the person’s saline (salt) level since the two work together. If the sodium gets too low and the potassium too high, it does throw off the electrolyte level big time.
2. Go Lean Crunch is a terrific pre-race food.
- True – It has 500mg of Omega-3, 9g of Protein and 8g of Fiber. This is an ideal kind of “Breakfast of the Champions” for the runners. It also has honey almond flax in it.
- False – It is like eating Lucky Charm kind of cereal. It has 12g of sugar and 4.5g of total fat.
It is crunchy and I do see this as beneficial. The only negative is having that bulk stuck underneath the roof of my mouth. What not to like it? 9g of protein- essential for muscle development, 8g of fiber; keeps your digestive system running smoothly and helps balance blood sugar. Whole grains are packed with beneficial phytonutrients. Go and figure this out yourself. Simply put: it is the breakfast for the Champions!
- Hard liquors are excellent source for drinking after a hard race.
- True – Yes, indeed. They are a terrific source to drink after a hard race.
- False – There is zero nutritional value in term of drinking. Alcohol is a diuretic and can contribute to dehydration.
Unfortunately, alcohol impairs both glucose and free fatty acid metabolism during and in the post race period. In other words, it will make you run slower and recover slower. It also impairs heart function. In all aspect, drinking liquors is not an excellent source for drinking. Just drink in moderation and enjoy life.
- Popping Fish-Oil softgels on a daily basis is a terrific pre- race and will improve your PR.
- True – You will improve your PR by 50%. A significant improvement when taking 2,000 mg of fish oil.
- False – There is no scientific evidence suggesting that taking fish oil will improve your PR by 50%.
I wish this was a silver bullet pill in term of improving the PR when it comes to taking fish oil. It’s not. Basically, fish oil helps you to acquire fishy breath so that your significant other will repel you. Just kidding. Fish oil contains the omega 3 essential fatty acids to supports heart health, reduces inflammation and improves cellular integrity.
And at last….
- Cheez Whiz is a terrific post race fuel to eat. It is considered as the world’s best health food.
- True – It has high sodium (salt) 541mg, low in sugar, medium in fat and low calories. Good source of calcium and very good source of Phosphorus.
- False – Cheez Whiz is very high in saturated Fat.
Cheez Whiz should actually be called the world’s best health food.
Click on the link and scroll all the way down till you see the article about Cheez Whiz.
Lastly, I wanted to thank Michelle for giving me an opportunity to write up something interesting for her blog. I hope you find this helpful. It all boil down to trial and error. You will find something that will be quite beneficial for your running. If one thing doesn’t help, you can always find another thing that will improve your health and your running.
I would love to leave you with a few quotes:
“I’ll lean on you and you lean on me and we’ll be okay.”
– Dave Matthews Band
“I get by with a little help from my friends.”
– John Lennon
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bro, you will always have a friend in me!!