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Documentary : Fighting Sticks of Arnis

Artwork: Fighting Sticks of Arnis

ArnisNew Release on August 23rd: Fighting Sticks of Arnis documentary. Available on DVD and download in HD 1080p formats. Featuring more than eight grandmasters of Modern Arnis and two grandmasters of Balintawak.

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A rare chance to travel across the Philippines and explore Filipino Martial Arts with our guides on this epic journey, datu Tim Hartman from the USA and grandmaster Bobby Taboada.

In our journey we meet many grandmasters who are students of the founder of Modern Arnis, Professor Remy Presas. “I started in Modern Arnis” says grandmaster Rodel Dagooc. “Grandmaster Remy Presas was my godfather. Without him, Arnis would have become a dying art.”  One style that Remy Presas mastered is Balintawak, a dynamic single stick style. At his Cebu Nickelsticks school, grandmaster ‘Nick’ Elizar explains: “The aim of Balintawak is to disarm your opponent. This means using counter to counter because we assume our opponent is smarter than us.”  Elizar says “Striking is easy.  We teach you to defend and react very fast.”

Arnis, like all traditional martial arts requires hard work and sacrifice. Grandmaster Bobby Taboada talks about his early years of Arnis training: “I learned to accept the pain. That’s the reality of training in the Philippines… are you ready to accept the pain.”

Featuring in order of appearance:

Datu Tim Hartman: World Modern Arnis Alliance
Master Arnold Narzo:  Kalis Illustrisimo Repeticion, Manila
Master Ronnie Royce:  Base Laraw Kali Pamuok, Manila
Grandmaster Kyud Junn:  Lanada Kuntaw, Manila
Grandmaster Bobby Taboada:  Int. Balintawak Cuentada System
Grandmaster Nicomedes Elizar:  World Nickelstick Escrima, Cebu
Grandmaster Samual Dulay:  Int. Modern Arnis Federation Philippines
Grandmaster Jerry Dela Cruz:  Arnis Cruzada Philippines
Grandmaster Dieter Knuttel:  Deutscher Arnis Verband
Tuhon Rommel Tortal:  Pekiti Tirsia Kali System
Grandmaster Bram Frank:  Common Sense Self Defense. CSSD/SC
Grandmaster Rene Tongsan:  Arnis Аbaniko Tres Puntas
Grandmaster Rodel B. Dagooc:  Dagooc Arnis System / Modern Arnis

Self Taught Javelin Thrower Wins Olympic GOLD : Julius Yego

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Julius Yego wanted to be an athlete, only he couldn’t run very fast.

That can be a significant setback growing up in the highlands of western Kenya, where the best distance runners in the pre-eminent distance-running nation are molded. When it comes to sport, running is just about all that matters in Kenya.

So Yego had to come up with a different plan to succeed.

With the help of a sharpened stick, an “elastic” right wrist, and YouTube videos as a substitute for a coaching manual, he became a javelin world champion instead.

“Javelin is the sport in me, part of my blood,” he said. “I can’t sprint. I can’t compete in the 800 meters or the 100 meters. Javelin is the main talent I had.”

Yego, a world champion who isn’t a distance runner, goes against trends in Kenya and in international track and field in a refreshing way.

Forget convention — imagine a Jamaican winning a world title in the 10,000 meters, or an Ethiopian gold medalist in the 100 sprint.

Even that doesn’t encapsulate the essence of the journey of a boy from a rural farming village in the Great Rift Valley who practiced with sharpened sticks he cut off trees, and used online videos to teach himself to launch a javelin as far as the best from Scandinavia, Germany and Eastern Europe.

He launched one, a sleek metal one, further than them all last year to win the world championship title in Beijing.

When Yego threw 92.72 meters, hurling himself face-first onto the ground as the javelin left that fabulously flexible right hand, he catapulted into the top three best javelin throwers ever. His effort was the eighth furthest in history. Only the great Jan Zelezny (who has six of the top eight throws) and Aki Parviainen have thrown a javelin further.

There isn’t another African on that list of leading throws. There isn’t another non-European in the top 30.

“When I saw the Javelin fly I knew it was a huge, huge, huge throw,” Yego said, recalling that effort.

The first Kenyan to win a world title in a field event. An African record. The first man in 14 years to throw more than 92 meters. Only the fifth man ever to top 92 meters. All tremendous achievements, yet it very nearly didn’t happen.

In Cheptonon village in the Rift Valley, a young Yego thought he could succeed in javelin, believing he had a gift.

“My strength is my hand,” he said. “It is flexible and elastic. Very nice.”

For years, though, he was the only one who believed it.

He got very little help as his career progressed, so he turned instead to the internet.

He’d make his way to the closest internet cafe to his village and watch YouTube videos of the great Zelezny, his favorite, and others. Then he’d go home and put into practice what he’d seen. It was still tough. As recently as 2008, Yego, training alone and unnoticed, considered giving up when he was overlooked for the world juniors.

“At that point I didn’t want to do the javelin because there was no support,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press in Kenya. “Support was for the 800 meters … up to the marathon. They overlooked the field events.”

He stuck at it, though, and threw 75 meters in 2010. Encouraged, he kept watching the online videos, tweaking his training and technique. He won the All-Africa Games title in 2011 with a national record. More YouTube.

In the buildup to the 2012 Olympics, Yego got the chance to go to Finland and work with coach Petteri Piironen. After returning home, he kept in contact with Piironen through Skype. He still consulted his quasi-coach, too: YouTube.

Yego made the Olympic final by going past 80 meters. A Commonwealth Games title came in 2014 with 83.87. And then last year in Beijing, the world championships gold.

Source – BigStory 

Be Metaphysical: The Will to Run Day 18 – 22

Day 18 8.8 ( 5.62 Miles)

Run Run Run… Last night I finished off the last of some plum wine accompanied by a bowl of sliced mangoes. That led to an interesting dream I’ll save for another time. The weather was cloudy but I still managed to make it out. The goal set was for 5 miles. Rain from the night before caused the waterfall to be super intense. A usually packed water spot was pretty much empty because of the strong current. Fortunately there was a few people there taking photos and what not.

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Managed to catch a few behind the scene shots before I took off. Tuning to jazz music has been interesting as well. It keeps me in a nice mental space and gives my run a more cinematic feel. I begin visualizing how I look from all different perspectives.

Day 19 8.9 (4.26 Miles)

Today was going to be a busy day. I felt it coming. There was a guided meditation session I aligned to photograph and video record. It felt awkward driving to a spot I normally run to. It felt like I didn’t have my .7 mile pre warm up run before I made it to the trail. The rocks under my feet felt a little harder than normal typically I’m a mile and a half in and by then my legs and feet are warmed up to the subtle branches and stones I occasionally stepped on. Luckily I did a nice yoga session to start the day so my body was well stretched out and feeling good.

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The waterfall meditation session was great! Definitely met really wm-18cool down to earth people. Shout out to @Thefallbackup for bringing everyone together for a peaceful vibe. if you are located in Atlanta and would like to join in on the waterfall meditation session find out more information from @TheFallBackUp The session is $5 and is well worth the donation.  The session begins with yoga to loosen up heading down to the rocks for the meditation.

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Day 20  8.10

REST . BREAK . DREAM

Day 21 8.11

SLEEP. WORKOUT. DREAM MORE ..

I actually  did do some running today. A friend of mine came in town ruunnand had an idea to shoot a video of me running. Im not sure how it looks but I know I was doing sprints all through the woods jumping over trees and what not. The running segments were a bit inconsistent but Im sure I put up at least 1 mile in short burst. NoplanBFilm.com IG:LifeasDreams 

Day 22 8.12 (11.66 Miles) 

Today is the day for  who knows what!  I definitely would like to get a nice run in. Thinking about pushing for double digits. Even though I have not been running, I’ve been active in other ways daily.  With that being typed im not sure if Im achilles is warmed up  or ready for those limits. Then again a nice run would loosen it up and get it back to normal.

2:00pm

Getting off to a late start but Ive mapped out a route on flat ground to see the difference of running without hills makes.  If I require water I will have to run up a hill though and back but that shouldn’t be an issue once or twice.  I think im going to end up pushing my limit beyond my expectations!  LETS GOOOOOO!!! phone is  almost charged up, going to get some yoga in while videos load to dropbox. Everything is flowing as it should.

5:21 pm

That was brutal … I really didn’t consider the lack of sleep and little drink i had last night. Felt the resistance kick in around mile 6. Interesting moment .. a guy asked  “How many miles are you going for?” I yell about 50 He responds “Whooooo” … 5 minutes later ….  who the fk am I kidding, talk about trying to pump myself up I knew I was barely going to make 10miles let alone that x 5. I think I needed to hear myself say it plus I was being sarcastic. I ran into another Deer literally. When i’m in the car and during the night Deers are so majestic to me. When I’m running in broad day light and see one approaching i’m like oh shit this thing is about to chase and trample me, so I just turned around, actually I began to jog backwards to make sure he/she didn’t chase me and returned down the path I came. Ive arrived home to take a cold shower and sit down for a rest.  Ive officially dozed off 5 times in 5 minutes. Im going to get a mango and go to sleep for a few hours.

5:30 pm

No more mangoes. Time for a trip to the store. Coconuts are needed anyway no rest  for the wicked.

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Be metaphysical The will to Run Day 14 – 17

Day 14 8.4 (7 miles)

Started the run a bit late so it was cooler than expected out. Still warm nonetheless and I really felt I was ready to run today. I think I’ve been able to assess my body pretty well as far a capabilities of the day. It felt as if I could push myself pass 5 miles. That led me to running the trail and making loops around the path. It’s humorous when people see you for the second and third time still running. They give you this look like of interest to why you are running so much or is this the same person that just ran past me. Verbalizing those exact words at times.

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At about 6 miles I decided to cool off in the water for a quick rinse. I haven’t been doing yoga in between runs at the waterfall like I started doing in the earlier days of this challenge. It’s been so many folks there that I’d rather just people watch and water listen.

Day 15 8.5 (0 miles)

There is a group on Facebook that I’m in (Nike+) Run group. Those runners are definitely motivation. Some people are on 100+ Day streaks which I commend and has helped me realize I am not a streak runner. 😂 Running every single day is not my thing I definitely appreciate days off so I can collect myself, keep on weight and have energy for the longer distance (15+) mile runs.

Day 16 8.6 ( 3 miles)

Today my legs were feeling tight. As soon as I began running I realized the back of my thighs weren’t ready. Still cold for some reason but I knew once I started going they would loosen up. The only issue with that was today I planned to aim for more speed initially. The back of my thighs were not quite ready for that, giving me more resistance to the mission. Took of running and found myself doing a 10 second walk break as soon as I made to that blasted Uphill section 😂 The motivation music provided did help me push through and keep those walk sections under 10 seconds. I managed to make a mile at 8:22 Not bad but i think and would like to get that down to 6-7 without gasping for air as soon as I hit the uphill section (1.3 miles) The extra speed agenda definitely took away the casualness I like to feel during these runs. The challenge made the waterfall feel so much better. The harder you run the greater the reward.

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Day 17 8.7 (0 Miles)

Today the thought of pushing 10+ miles crossed my mind. Instantly after that was a thought of mm naaaaah 😂 I determine how hot it is outside by the sound of the crickets and they are pretty loud this morning. I do plan on running after I get my workout complete. Maybe I will feel up to a 10+ session after that. Someone on Facebook suggested they wanted to begin running with me but their lack of confidence has led me to think they may not be serious. I enjoy running alone and definitely don’t like to look backwards! I definitely need new running shoes my poor old Pumas are starting to show their age. The shoes I really really really want are those Human Race adidas! Size 10.5 I’ve been speaking them into existence 😂

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I may need to contact Adidas for a visual exchange or something. I’ll make a few promo videos for them even though they are sold out every where I look. Just send 10 pairs and pick 10 runners and I’ll make something great that represents the Human Race!

11:00 pm Still have not made it around to running and I don’t think I’ll be doing any late night sprints. Today was slightly busy but I did get a nice workout in! I’m thinking about making up for it with some double digits tomorrow!

Olympics 2016 Allow Marijuana Use?

Even after two decades, athletes everywhere still remember Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, who became the sport’s first Olympic gold medal winner at the 1988 winter games in Japan, only to have it be stripped away by a positive marijuana test. After a few years, Michael Phelps became the poster child for stoners everywhere after the gold medalist admitted that a photo of him smoking at a party was legitimate. However now that marijuana is legal in over have the U.S. for both medical and recreational purposes, what is the newfound Olympic policy on marijuana, especially now as athletes gather in Rio this week for the 2016 Summer Games?

Fortunately, marijuana use within the Olympic world has progressed majorly since Rebagliati and Phelps, as a 2013 policy change by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raised the limit of marijuana allowed in an athlete’s system to 150 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. What this means is that as long as an Olympian doesn’t show up to Brazil stoned, or smoke during the games, Olympic officials don’t care at all about how much they smoke on their down time. In 2013, Ben Nichols, a spokesman for WADA, told USA today that the updated policy was just intended to disqualify athletes who smoke right before or during the competition.

He made sure that everyone knows that the rules do not prohibit the athletes from using cannabis products outside the Olympics. “Our information suggests that many cases do not involve a game or event-day consumption. The new threshold level is an attempt to ensure that in-competition use is detected and not use during the days and weeks before the competition,” said Nichols.

Prior to this policy change, four athletes tested positive for THC right before the 2012 London Olympics. Although this is a very small percentage of the thousands of athletes the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USOC), the threshold did end up disqualifying one athlete, a wrestler named Stephany Lee. Interestingly enough, Marijuana has only been banned from the Olympics since 1999. In face, Rebagliati was stripped in 1998 after testing positive for cannabis, however, officials had to give the medal back after figuring out that pot was not actually a banned substance. Marijuana is now on the banned list due to its heath risk factors, performance enhancement capabilities, and it’s against the spirit of the sport.

Hand Reflexology

Reflexologists study a “map” of the human body on our hands. Every part of the body, including your organs, is matched by a corresponding reflex point on your hands. Applying pressure to the reflex points on your hands stimulates nerve impulses that travel to the corresponding body area. These impulses produce a relaxation response. As muscles relax, blood vessels open, increasing circulation, which increases the amount of available oxygen and nutrients that get to cells in that part of the body. Although the scientific evidence for reflexology is very limited, some people have found relief with these techniques. Before trying to perform reflexology, you should learn some of the common techniques and corresponding zones to different parts of the body.

 

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  1. Locate the correct, corresponding area. Use a reflexology chart or Part One to find the zone that corresponds to the area of your body on which you want to work. Or you can simply work the entire hands, which reflexologists believe helps to promote overall wellness.
    • For instance, if you suffer from a sinus headache, then you would work on your fingers between the fingertips and the first knuckles since this zone represents the head and sinuses. This area may also help relieve symptoms of sinusitis, although no proven evidence exists.[22][23]
    • As another example, if you’re suffering from constipation, you would apply the techniques to the zones corresponding to your intestines, which is at the bottom of the palms straight down from your middle fingers.[24][25]
  2. Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 11.06.07 AM Use thumb-walking techniques. Place your fully extended thumb on the area you want to focus on. Slide the thumb back slowly while flexing the first thumb knuckle upward. Moving slowly and steadily move the thumb knuckle up and down, walking it over the reflex point.[26]
    3. Use a rotating motion. Rest your thumb on the area you wish to manipulate. Maintain a steady touch and rotate your thumb in a circle on the area while slowly increasing pressure.
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    Apply pressure after rotating. After performing a rotating motion, holding your thumb on the reflex point with medium pressure increases relaxation. Hold for a count of three.[28]
    Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 11.07.52 AM5. Integrate the different techniques. If you have chest congestion, for instance, you would isolate the correct zone on each hand (the top of the palm just below the last set of finger knuckles). Then you can use a thumb-walking technique across the zone. Finally, apply the rotating technique to smaller sections of the zone with a hold on the section before moving to the next.

Read the full article here and study more about reflexology

Be Metaphysical: The Will To Run 10 – 13

DAY 10 8.1 ( 5.31 Miles)

Today, I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to run. imageWith that being said I decided to run a little later in the day.  Im used to running in the hottest part of the day so it was different running without the intensity of the heat. I actually feel like the heat helps me run better. Being cool felt like it was holding me back or I wasn’t loosening up as fast as I normally would.  Running was the second priority, I really was going out to take photos along the path for a potential photoshoot so that helped me get going and out of the house.  Looking for locations also helped me get an extra 2 miles in on the run unexpectedly.

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Day 11 8.2  (21.0 Miles)

Soo… I think i’m getting the downtown run itch again.  I really wanted to check out the Blue Heron Reserve (10 Miles one way) that I passed by.  Calculating how many waters and bananas I will be picking up along the way to make sure I have everything covered this time.  Yeah I think running to the reserve and back will be the plan. I can get a quick breather at the reserve check out some of the Blue Heron and this way I can just run back home and to the waterfall for a well deserved cool down! Thinking of what music I should load up on before I go, Major Key has been pretty cool I only bump the first 5 tracks. Thinking of listening to Sun Ra to get the wheels turning and save some of the energetic songs for the run back.

 Going over my Pre run checklist ..

Hour of yoga √

Hand wash and Dry shorts √

Load up music √

Review my will incase I collapse lol √

Time to Run it!

This run was -_-  fun but intense. I felt something pop during yoga, that left me with a funny feeling in my left back but I knew once I started running all the minor pain would subside.  It was nice andimage
sunny outside just how I like it. The stops/gas stations I was going to get water from were pre selected based on the first downtown run I made. I only planned on grabbing drinks 3 times.  I pushed much further than I did the first time without pausing I would say about 6 miles in before taking a short walk breather and allowing my body to process the water I was sipping.  at about  8 miles I had to grab something with sugar. I can tell when I need a boost so I picked up some coconut water, vitamin water, water water, and mango juice!  This kept me alive and I continued to pace myself as I sipped.  Around the 9 mile mark it began to ran and I was very thankful. I needed to cool down a little and I never knew how great running in the rain felt until that point. It seemed to revitalize me!  The intention was to run to the Blue Heron Reserve but some how I either missed it or it was further than I thought either way the goal was to run 10 miles so when I heard 10 miles I began to run back. I wanted to stop at the reserve to rest a little but things change so I just kept pushing back. At this point i’m on auto pilot and wondering how in the world will I make it back. I started to think to myself It would of been easier for me to continue running downtown and take the train back… doubt was kicking in but I quickly kicked it out.  Fast forward As I approached 19 miles  the only thing keeping me going was hearing my Iphone finally say 20 miles…. I chanted to myself ( and out loud) cmon I know Im close.. say 20!!!  and about 40 seconds later I heard it … 20 miles completed!  Threw my hands up in the air and kept running! Soon after I just walked because my legs were giving in. I thought about going to the waterfall but the rainfall was enough for me to feel satisfied! After I made it in I had to run drive out for coconuts mangoes pasta and pizza! It didn’t feel like 5 hours had passed, I was surprised to see what time it was.image

Day 12 8.3 ( 0 miles)

Today Im going for 50 … just kidding more like 5. My sleep has been great lately. It is almost like I go into small comas when I doze off. As I was dozing off I had a dream that I was running still and my leg kicked up and hit the window. This made me laugh and turn in the opposite direction so that wouldn’t happen again. Id hate to get hurt while dream running ha. Hand washing my shorts everyday is becoming tedious but I feel like it is a necessary ritual.  The time it takes to dry gives me time to get in a warm up yoga session.

Fast forward …. I decided to rest but had a universal coincidence  led to nice workout session!

What Should You Eat Before A Marathon

You have pushed yourself through the hard workouts. You have made it through those never-ending long runs. You have made it to race week without any major injury, and now all that is left to do is to make sure you do not mess it up.

This is where our brain plays tricks with us, and we obsess over the little details. But there are only a few things runners really need to be prepared for on marathon week, and one of the biggest ones is fueling correctly for the race.

The most common question I get from both beginner and veteran marathoners alike is:

“What are the best foods I should be eating during the week before and the morning of the Marathon race?”

It’s a great question and a runners diet in the week before a marathon is a very important part of success on race day.

Since I covered  how to practice your marathon nutrition strategy in training in a prior article, today I will cover an ideal eating plan for runners before your marathon race, starting 5 days out from the race so you can follow our tips to start planning what meals you are going to eat before your marathon.

This article will teach you exactly what you should eat during the week leading up to and morning of the Marathon race

Marathon Rule #1: Never try anything new on Race Day

In addition to clothing, pacing, and training, this rule also applies to your nutrition strategy in the five days leading up to the race.

You should not experiment with any new foods or venture too far from your normal diet. It’s easy to get nervous in the last few days of your taper and be persuaded by a new product a friend recommends or something you see at the race expo.

However, if you haven’t tried it before, especially at marathon pace or during a long run, don’t be tempted.

It’s also important that you experiment with the types, quantity, and timing of the foodyou eat before you run. Some runners have very weak stomachs and need up to three hours to digest food before they can run comfortably. Other runners can eat within an hour of a hard run with no adverse side effects.

It is important to figure out which type of runner you are during training and to take this information into account when you plan for the race morning.

Experiment with your pre-race meal before race day.

Your last two long runs or difficult marathon paced workouts should be similar to race simulations. Try wearing the clothes you think you’ll wear on race day, the shoes, socks, and everything you can think of.

Eat the same pre-race meal you’re planning for the night before the race and when you wake up in the morning, eat the same breakfast you plan on having.

This will give you time to change things up before race day if you find it doesn’t work for you.

5 days from the race

Begin to increase your total carbohydrate intake by adding in more pastas and starches (low glycemic index foods) to your diet throughout the week.

The old idea of depleting your carbohydrate stores the week before the race and binging on carbohydrates the last few days in an attempt to trick your body into overcompensating and storing more fuel is outdated.

Ensuring that you consume a higher percentage of your total daily calories as carbohydrates is sufficient.

Remember, you’re not running as much as you have been, so eating too much more than you normally do will make you feel bloated and lethargic.

At this point in the nutrition cycle, relax and don’t go overboard.

Examples: Sweet potatoes, pastas, baked potatoes, brown rice, sandwiches, bagels with peanut butter, quinoa, whole grains, oatmeal

48 Hours before the race

Your last big meal should be two nights before the race.

It will give your body ample time to digest anything you eat so you won’t feel bloated on the morning of the race. I’ve seen too many people gorge on pasta the night before the race only to reach the starting line the next day stuffed and lethargic.

Have you ever tried to run the morning after Thanksgiving?

If you have, you know the bloated feeling I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, I don’t recommend scheduling a tough workout.

Example: The overwhelming favorite is pasta for most people, but other options include rice, potatoes, and pizza.

24 hours and before

Eat normal balanced meals like you would normally do on any training day.

Make sure you drink plenty of liquids all day long, especially electrolyte fluids such as Gatorade or use electrolyte tabs such as Nuun.

It helps if you carry a water bottle along with you throughout the day to remind yourself to drink.

Your main meals should still be in the form of low glycemic to medium glycemic index foods. Ideally, you won’t be too active on the day before the race, so you may feel full quickly. That is fine, you shouldn’t try to stuff yourself.

Good choices are: Sweet potatoes, pastas, baked potatoes, white rice, bagel with banana

18 hours before the race

Start eating small meals every 2-3 hours, but after lunch, cut out red meat, fried foods, dairy products, fats, nuts, and roughage.

You should only be consuming light, digestible foods like energy bars, bread, and small sandwiches.

Keep drinking water and electrolyte beverages and avoid salty and high fiber foods.

Examples include: energy bars, bread, cereal, and small sandwiches.

4 hours and less

You should be up early enough before the race to eat a small breakfast with plenty of time to start digestion before the gun goes off.

If you need 3 hours to eat a small meal before running, then you need to get up at least three hours before the race to get in a light breakfast.

You’ll want to drink mostly water (unless you know temperatures at the race are going to be warm), with some electrolyte fluid.

Don’t try to get all your fluids down by chugging your water bottle.

Drink small, regular sized amounts. Room temperature water is absorbed quicker than warm or cold water. I estimate that you’ll need 6 oz. every hour or 8 oz. every hour on hot days.

Lots of runners will take a GU or energy gel right before the gun goes off.

I only recommend this if you have a weak stomach and you haven’t eaten in 3 hours. If you’re able to stomach more solid foods 60-90 minutes before the race, this is preferable.

Basically, energy gels are mostly simple sugars and you’ll be consuming another 2 or 3 gels before the race is over. Even for the biggest sweet tooth this is a lot of sugar.

My favorite breakfast – oatmeal with banana and coffee. Other options include bagel with peanut butter, toast with honey, or dry cereal.

At this point, you should have a good idea of what works best for you pre hard or long run, so stick with what works.

Source – RunnersConnect

Be Metaphysical : Will to Run Day 7 – 9

Day 7 7.29 (3 miles)

Wasn’t too sure if I wanted to run today but I did want to get out the house so I threw on some running shoes and went to the river to workout and get into the sun.  Did my normal workout, soon after my normal walk turned into a run after i felt the blood flowing.  The insects seemed to be attracted to me today or I just happened to notice them more. I did the normal “cleanse path”

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.54.43 AM  I definitely can feel progress as these runs are becoming easier to me.  Ive taken some time to read up on what would be a good diet to maintain these runs and it seems like what I have been eating is the same as what most sites recommend. Screen Shot 2016-07-31 at 12.35.21 PMSteady increase of carbohydrates and starches. My normal diet consist of just that! Rice, Pasta, Potatoes Fruits and Vegetables! to keep it simple. So it seems like I was on the right path from the jump. Ive been drinking lots of liquids. Coconut water/milk is the main intake. After I ran the 17 miles I noticed my overall weight definitely was less.  I don’t weigh myself on scales but I have a pretty accurate feel for where I am being I usually don’t go below 145 or above 160.  Either way the waterfall was calling so I made an effort and ran my way over to the runners seat after some yoga!

Im thinking of preparing for another downtown run next week. This session I want to see if I can complete the 17 miles within 3 hours. Being prepared with the right nutrition was one thing I didn’t have planned out so I want to see the difference it will make with proper preparation. I think I have the mental will down pact to make these runs. The mind can definitely push you pass the limits of the body but the body does  have limit.  if you can get to the breaking point to find out what that limit is.. all the better for knowing. I remember playing basketball one day in the summer heat  and my leg completely stopped working. I just couldn’t move it, I literally was stuck standing under the rim with a semi-paralyzed leg as everyone continued running up the court. From that day I learned when the body is done you will know because it will just stop working. You wont even have enough energy to process pain it will just stop working.

Day 8 7.30 

B R E A K . R E S T . R E C O V E R

Day 9 7.31 (3.91 miles)

Sipping some peanut punch, and preparing to run. Ive been thinking about time lately and how fast I can be with these runs but I just enjoy running right now so I haven’t really taken hitting time limits into consideration quite yet. Im downloading the Nike Run App to keep track of some of the progress ive been making.

 

That felt good. Took a quick stop at the waterfall as usual. It’s the weekend so it was packed with people as I expected. Had to step over a few people to get to my spot and let the water run over me. Usually I do some yoga before jet setting but I couldn’t really find a spot that I liked. People kept asking me to take their photo like I’m some photographer or something ugh lol. Either way I made it back and it’s time to down some smoothies and delicious vegetables. I actually like this Nike app even though I run in Pumas… Keeps track of just about everything you would want it to. I even can check out some stats from a few of my Facebook people. Until next time run it!  Add me if you use the app!