BTW, I do know this is the most boring blog ever. I'm not trying to keep it to educate the world or gain any readers. It's just that having a public blog helps me stay accountable to my training, and it helps me to look back at my nutrition issues long-term.
Taking my Vitamins:
- For several reasons, I decided to start taking a multivitamin again.
- I don't think multivitamins are necessarily required for everyone, but you gotta pay attention to your own life. I don't eat a lot of meat- in fact, I think it's been a little over 3 weeks since I last had meat. I'm not anti-meat, but I just find myself naturally choosing vegetarian meals.
- I nabbed the Alive! brand of vitamin. Back in the midst of the e.Coli recovery fun, the "Max Potency" version was recommended. I took that plus probiotics for a long time, weaning down slowly as my body recovered. I know that people doing surgery like lap band or gastric bypass often take the liquid form. It's certainly more expensive than the average vitamin at the grocery store, but I find it sits well in my tummy. I feel like it was a significant factor in my recovery then, so I thought the toned-down normal version of it would help me stay healthy now.
- Why multivites? Well, during the Year of e.Coli, I also got overtrained, and I was trying to be all-vegetarian, no-supplements, kale-is-my-sunshine in Oregon. I lost sight of the fact that nutrition is a big-picture project and that everyone is individual. You might be able to be a kale-is-my-sunshine no-supplement person, but in cloudy gorgeous Oregon, I should have been supplementing. I would have still gotten sick from accidentally drinking tainted punch in Mexico, but if I had been supplementing (ahem, and had backed off my training like a normal person), I think I might not have suffered as much damage as I did. In other words, supplements and science exist for a reason. I'm not going to make that mistake again.
- I also nabbed the Nordic Naturals Vitamin D. I've been supplementing that for a month and a half now, since my doc says I have a whopping D deficiency. I've been learning about Nordic Naturals in my Secret Solace Job at the dog and cat nutrition store, and I figure if I would support feeding it to my pet, then I should support the human version for me! We will see if I feel a big difference between that and the regular grocery store vitamin D gummies.
- Yes, I know I'm a grownup, but I get the gummy versions of vitamins because I hate pills. Don't judge.
Getting my Protein:
- I also decided to change up the protein powder I use. I've been using a pea protein since I learned I was lactose intolerant. I used whey protein sporadically for a long time, and quite naturally had a near-constant upset stomach. I knew protein was important for so many things, but I hated how horrible the protein supplement made my tummy feel!
- Duh. Once I switched to a dairy-free formula, I stopped feeling crappy all the time. Vega was OK, but it felt a little sweet and grainy to me. Ultimately, I liked that pea protein basically disappeared into my smoothies. All the benefits, and it was invisible. (And yes, protein did keep me full and happy.)
- I am going to try a hemp protein. I'd been seeing some articles about it having the full amino acid profile. Again, I don't eat very much meat, and that means, as a slacker-tarian who is mostly vegetarian/some days full vegan, I don't get those amino acids. I do need to supplement them. Amino acids are good for us!
- Besides, I'd also been reading about hemp and those amino acids and its ability to combat fatigue. I've been waking up kinda tired, especially with super tired feet and legs. Since I have a job where I stand up a great deal and I'm pretty active, that's not very comfortable. So I'm going to try the hemp protein to see if it really does help with fatigue!
- As far as training: going OK. The Galloway method is challenging, and interesting.
- I'm finding I have a pretty big form issue: I don't lift my knees enough. Or, well, at all. I have a perpetual shuffle. And I have no kick. At all. So I need to learn to cycle my legs more, and that might help me break through this speed plateau.
- My endurance is coming along nicely, but the shuffle step is really holding me back. I notice, on trails, the problem disappears. Probably I'm so busy reading the trail and looking for obstacles to leap over that I don't think about "PAIN! AGONY! THE BONES OF MY LEGS ARE BEING HAMMERED THROUGH MY SPINAL COLUMN!" like I do on the side walks. Running is not all that comfortable, even with good shoes.