Answers for the smart socks and a shoe heart.

This morning I ran 8 miles around the neighborhood in my little loop that I like to do cause I’m OCD like that. It was a progression run. I started really slow with a 10:12 mile and then sped up a little for each mile finishing the last mile in 9:01.

Because you start out slower and then get progressively faster, your legs tend to get really tired towards the end, but it feels so good when you finish. I like doing progression runs because they tend to give me a bit more confidence in knowing that I can finish faster than I started, and that really helps as I get closer to race day.

You know what else helps?

Brooks PureFlow 2's Heart

Turning my shoes into a big heart….okay, not really. But it was fun.

A few weeks ago I told y’all about a pair of amazing running socks with built-in technology that can help you with your running form, your cadence, your foot strike, and many other things. I was super impressed by them and apparently so were a lot of you because I got some comments and even more emails and a lot of you had questions.

sensoria fitness socks

So, I did what any awesome blogger would do and went straight to the source. I contacted Sensoria Fitness. I emailed sensoria and immediately received a response from Alick Law, Ph.D., MBA, the director of Marketing and Business Development, who kindly answered all of my questions regarding the socks.

He also updated the FAQ’s on the website with an answer as to whether or not the anklet is waterproof. (It is not by the way, however it is splash proof.) In his email, Alick said, “This means you can use it in the rain but it cannot be washed. We are located in the Pacific Northwest and I go running in the rain on the road, trails and going through puddles without experiencing any issues.”

You can read all of the FAQ’s by visiting this link and I encourage you to do so, and if you haven’t checked out some of their other products, you can find them on the website as well.

I read this article yesterday and I found it very interesting.

Fitness articleSome of these things that are mentioned are things I already do and some were new to me, but check it out, it’s a quick read and it’s interesting.

wake up slim

An excerpt from the actual article.

I’m doing thrusters today!

Do you work out in the morning or the evening? I always work out in the morning because I find that if I don’t it’s harder to motivate myself later in the day.

working out before breakfast

Recently I saw the excerpt above from this article in the New York Times that suggests working out in the morning, before eating breakfast, helps to burn more fat throughout the day. You can read the article in its entirety here.

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So, do you work out in the morning or the afternoon? (I always work out in the morning.)
Do you incorporate progression runs into your training? If so, how long are your typical progression runs? (Mine are between 6 and 12 miles depending on what I’m training for.)

Proving once again, I am at times, my own worst enemy.

I’m not dead. In fact, I was back to feeling around 50% by Friday nite, and by Saturday I was fine. Very little stomach pain. No cold sweats, and I no longer felt as if I were going to pass out.

I didn’t want to push myself though so I split up my long run into two runs. I ran 11 miles Saturday and 11 more on Sunday. Today is a rest day and thankfully, I still feel fine.

So what happened and why did I feel as if I were going to die? (And for the record, I did come very close to dialing 911, the pain was that bad.) The truth of the matter is that I still do not know for sure what happened but I do have a hypothesis.

hypothesis
You may remember a while back ago, I mentioned I had low Vitamin D levels. Since that time, I’ve taken Vitamin D in small doses.

Last week I read an article about how it’s really very hard to get too much vitamin D and that we really need much, much more than we realize. It also stated that if you’ve ever been tested and it was determined that you are deficient, you may need more than the recommended dose to get your levels back to normal.

The article suggested using a ratio of 25 times your body weight. So, based on that, I upped my dosage from 400 IU’s a day to 3,000 IU’s. For the record, the recommended daily dose is 600 IU’s.

This was the only change in my diet or exercise routine last week. It was also the only thing I could think about on Saturday morning at 4:30 am and so when I realized I was NOT going to get back to sleep, I got up and I googled this:

“Vitamin D causing Severe Stomach pain with cold sweats and near fainting”

Here is an excerpt of the results from everydayhealth.com:

An overdose of vitamin D can cause serious or life-threatening side effects.

Vitamin D for Danger

VITAMIN D-ANGER

Overdose symptoms may include headache, weakness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, muscle or bone pain, metallic taste in the mouth, weight loss, itchy skin, changes in heart rate, loss of interest in sex, confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, feeling unusually hot, severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, or fainting. You can read more here.

Now, obviously Google is not a good doctor and one should NEVER use google for medical advice, which is why I am scheduling an appointment to follow-up with a doctor asap. In the meantime, I have discontinued the vitamin d supplements because if that is indeed what caused the incident, I’d rather be deficient than dead, just saying.

vitamin overdose

Have you ever over dosed on a vitamin or some other seemingly safe substance?

Have you ever taken advice from an article only to regret it? (Sometimes reading is dangerous for me….)

I think someone just shot me…

TGIF! Better late than never, right?

As you may know, MacGyver’s parents are here and we are having a lot of fun. We went out for a birthday dinner last night at Shephards on the beach. They have awesome buffet with all the crab legs and prime rib you can eat and it’s been one of MacGyver’s favorite places for years. They’ve recently remodeled and the price has gone up, and they no longer offer a regular menu, so if you’re local you may want to factor that in before you go. The buffet however is still insanely good.

chinesebuffet

This morning MacGyver had to go to work. Since today was a rest day for me, I got up very early and took the parents to the weigh and pay!

…and they loved it! Bargain hunting in its lowest form, it was shit tons of fun. As we were leaving, I got a stomach pain. It was sharp, but intermittent, so I ignored it and we went to Mazzaro’s.

Big mistake.

And that is exactly what it felt like...

And that is exactly what it felt like…

I broke out in a cold sweat and nearly passed out. Somehow I managed to make it to a chair outside where I sat for a moment while the parents picked up our food. Then my father-in-law drove us home. I was in the backseat sweating bullets.

When we got back to my house all I wanted to do was lay down and that’s what I did. I feel about 80% better now but it’s definitely time to schedule a checkup!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever experienced?