Thursday, March 24, 2016


I knew today was going to be good when I woke up for the first time in three days without a migraine.

I'm loath to pop pills unless I'm close to dying. I managed to sleep off yesterday's headache before needing to get up for work.

But on Tuesday, I woke up at 3am in agony. I knew I wanted to run before work on Tuesday, and migraines of that particular magnitude don't usually go away on their own for me. So I took an Aleve and tried to go back to sleep... but it didn't work. I was in a bad way until late in the morning and was most disappointed about possibly missing a planned run. Fortunately, I was feeling better by the afternoon to work in my missed run.

So yeah... no headache today! I read up on headache triggers, but the only one that really applies in this list is staring at computer screens too much. Or possibly stress. But given these two things are daily occurrences - and migraines aren't - I don't think either are the culprit.

For now, I'm just happy to be back to normal today.

Since I was feeling better, I figured it was time to start introducing what I'm going to be using for race day fuel, just to make sure I have no negative reactions to it:*

UCAN powder: a good dose of carbs without the insulin spikes. I dumped a scoop into my blender bottle, shook it up, and tossed it back.

It was like drinking chalk.

Ah well. I have an excellent track record of eating/drinking lots of gross things, all for the sake of getting healthier. Why not this too?

Star Wars Yoda eating something healthy
Nom Nom Nom
UCAN does come in sexier flavors, mind you, but given my history with going overboard on hyperpalatable foods, unflavored was the right choice for me.

I can report that I had no physical reactions and a fairly improved run at MAF today compared to Tuesday. So I think this will be fine fuel for race day.

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Today's exercise: 6ish mile run:

M1: 15:39
M2: 15:56
M3: 16:15
M4: 16:28
M5: 15:37
M6: 16:14

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