I was never fond of spinning anyway

Occasionally MacGyver will find a show that he really likes and he doesn’t care if it aired 6 months or 6 years ago, he’ll watch all the episodes and all the seasons for days.  I don’t mind if it something I’m interested in as well but lately, he’s been hooked on Deadwood.  Or, as I like to call it, ‘the f*cketty, f*ck, f*ck, f*ck and Pu$$y show because seriously, that’s 90% of the dialogue.

Deadwood

Funny, that’s how I feel about watching that show.  The only saving grace is Jane, whom I’m assuming is Calamity Jane, correct me if I’m wrong.  That woman is hilarious and the only reason I stay in the room when MacGyver’s on a Deadwood binge.

Yesterday was Global Running Day and I’m happy to say I ran a full 42 and a half minutes without a break.  I ran and walked my 5 miles but the highlight was the running because since the stress fractures in my legs that’s the longest I’ve run without having to take a break in what seems like forever and I’m looking forward to building my endurance again.  Baby steps but I’ll take em.

Did y’all see the rescue of that 74 year old woman who was hiking?  Apparently she fell on the trail and needed to be flown out by a helicopter.  This is footage of the rescue, make sure you watch the whole thing.

Now, if that would’ve been me, I’d have died right in that basket from a freakin heart attack.  And considering my options of lying on a trail and possibly dying or being spun to death in a helicopter basket, I’d choose the trail.  Every. Damn. Time.

For the record, the woman was fine except for a little dizziness and nausea but she was also out hiking the trail at 74 years old, so in my eyes, she’s an all around bad ass anyways.

Have you ever watched Deadwood?

Ever taken a ride in a helicopter?

He got shot … and still finished!

I think everyone has that one fear about death. Maybe you had a bad dream about drowning or you had a close call with a stranger in an alley at one point in your life but I believe everyone has that one fear of dying their most horrible death. For me, it’s being shot in the head.

I know, I know, not a good blog topic but stick with me. You see when I was a kid I had a dream that I got shot in the head by an intruder and I’ve had the dream on multiple occasions as an adult. Even though, in my dream I realize the pain is not really bad, it’s the fear of it actually happening that scares me. And that’s why bullet man is one of the most amazing people I have ever heard about.

Dennis Rainer was a 26 year old in 1978 and he really wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon so he ran the old Grand Rapids Marathon in Michigan. About 10 miles into the race he entered a rural area when suddenly he was knocked forward and almost hit the ground. He checked himself out and thought he was fine so he continued on.

Dennis Rainer

This is Dennis at the 2015 Ironman, (yes, he’s an Ironman too!)

Once he finished the race, he grabbed a hotdog and checked him time, 3:09, not a qualifying time. Disappointed but worried about the near fall earlier in the race he did the smart thing and headed off to the doctor. That’s when the doctor figured out what had happened and informed Dennis he’d been shot in the head!

You can watch the video below to hear the entire story.  (You really do want to watch this!)

The worst pain I ever ran through was a migraine. Dennis is the marathon boss in my book.

What’s the worst pain you ever ran through?

Puzzle piece number two, a mineral, no really.

Late last year I went to a new doctor and had my thyroid medicine switched from synthetic to natural.  It has helped me immensely but not as much as adding one little mineral to my daily routine has.

The doctor and I talked about my daily routine, how much I work, how much I exercise, how much stress is in my life and then she did some blood work.  She noticed, as I always have, that my calcium tends to run on the higher side.  It’s not too high but it’s in the upper limit and it always is.

She then explained to me that having a higher calcium level means that your magnesium is probably low.

yeah obviouslyExcept it wasn’t obvious to me because no one ever mentioned it to me before.  She suggested that I take a magnesium supplement daily and then she explained why.

Most of us do not get enough magnesium from our foods but we get too much calcium because it is added to our dairy products, dairy alternatives, processed foods, and sometimes orange juice!  When your calcium levels become high, magnesium levels can fall. And you can have a whole host of issues if you are deficient in magnesium, such as anxiety and depression, muscle spasms and cramps, high blood pressure, calcification of the arteries, low energy, problems sleeping and it even affects your bone health.

give me the magnesiumSo, I was like, give me all the magnesium!

For my age my body needs 320MG of Magnesium daily so the doctor suggested I take a supplement which provides 250MG daily via two pills because magnesium is found in some foods and you don’t want to take too much.  Then you could have issues related to too much magnesium, (like diarrhea).  The key is balance.

She did however suggest that if I had a day when I binge on sweets or on days when I do a long run I should take one additional pill which would mean taking 375MG for that day.  The reason is because sugar depletes magnesium and also there have been some studies that show that magnesium supplementation has helped patients who suffer from migraine headaches.  I was skeptical but I started taking the magnesium as she instructed.

skeptical

OMG, it worked!

Guess what?  Yep, I was able to run long without migraines.  And if I was unsure whether or not the magnesium had anything to do with it, I got my answer a few weeks ago.

When the kid was in town we were really busy going to the cabin and to the other house and I was trying to stay on top of work so that I could spend all my time with him and I got lax with my medications and especially my magnesium.  I didn’t take it for almost a week.

That Saturday when I ran 12 miles, I got a hellacious migraine and the only thing I could attribute it to was magnesium. I started taking it again and the next few weeks I ran 13.1 and 15.25 miles with no migraines.

If you are curious about how much magnesium you need or the symptoms caused by the lack of it, the NIH has a great article here.

That was the second piece of the puzzle in helping me run headache free and so far it’s been working.

Do you take any supplements?

What and why?