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Eight miles of recovery

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Today I faced the gray skies and headed out for a run. Even though I had a day off on Monday and My Sunday long run wasn’t that long, I decided to stay on schedule and do a recovery run. My avg HR was a beat above my 70% ceiling and I noticed that I was often over on the run and really had to focus on reigning in my pace to slow down enough to bring my HR down. I could have gone ahead and done some sort of quality run this morning but I have band practice tonight and I wanted to be somewhat alert. I have gone to practice after doing hard runs in the past and it was a mistake! I poop out really early and don’t focus as much as I should. So I’ll save the hard stuff for tomorrow. I think I will head to the track for either straights and curves or 400 intervals. Probably the latter as I just did S&Cs last week, though I can never do too many of those.

We msers are really supposed to be good at either doing the fish oil or for those of us who are vegetarian flax seed oil. The omega-3 fatty acids are supposed to do wonders for everybody, but the msers apparently especially benefit from it. As a veg my option is flax seed oil which apparently isn’t as effective as the fish oil, but close (I think it is just propaganda from the fishing industry!) I have been bad about the flax seed oil, mostly cause I don’t like the taste. There are capsules you can get, but it is often hard (and expensive) to find vegetarian capsules that don’t have gelatin. Why a meat eater would be so accepting of eating processed hoof I don’t know, but I pass for sure. I used to put a table spoon of crushed flax seeds on my cereal, but I got tired of doing that so I bought several bottles of the oil which was really inexpensive (5 for the price of 2 from But I went off of that for several months as well. Recently I have renewed my vigor and have been forcing myself to take a slug of it every day. At first I experienced a horrible aftertaste from the oil, yuck. Also, I found myself burping the taste for several hours afterwords, yuck again. But after a week or so that seems to have died back for whatever reason, maybe my system has gotten used to it. I actually feel somewhat more healthy when I am taking it. I don’t know if that is psychological or not, but still I feel more energized and just healthier. Hmm. I have to say it is worth the bad taste. I did find that having a mint to eat right after taking it is a good solution to the initial aftertaste, water also helps.