Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Caffeine junkie

Tuesday: Swim 2,850 yards, run 5.5 miles
Wednesday: Run 7.5 miles, bike 16 miles

I know that eventually I need to work out a Nutrition Plan, but I keep putting it off, and in the meantime, I've been just trying different stuff to make sure nothing disagrees with me. I've had PB&Js, jellybeans, pretzels, Pirate's Booty, M&Ms, cereal, chocolate soy milk, bananas, orange juice — even sports drink, bars, and gels, when I finally got around to buying the ones that will be used in the race. So far nothing does disagree with me, but nothing has seemed to be particularly helpful, either.


So I had a bit of a headache yesterday before my run, and (because I think Advil does upset my stomach during a workout) I got the idea to take Excedrin Migraine. I'd heard that caffeine can be beneficial and I wanted to try it.

Holy cow. I had a delightfully speedy run and a serious endorphin rush afterward. I came home elated. I made plans in my head for my next Ironman. I started thinking about ultramarathoning. I got really funny and chatty. Then I worked efficiently and productively until after 11 p.m.

I think I've found my race fuel of choice. Everything else is going to be gravy.


  1. You take Excedrin Migraine. I pop an Aleve. It's worked WONDERS on alleviating ANY aches or pains I've been having during up to an entire 2:45 Oly Tri.

  2. Yes, and I take an extra-strength excedrin, esp. if I am running long in the morning, don't get up early enough to have coffee or breakfast beforehand and won't get any coffee otherwise until late morning! Highly beneficial...

  3. I don't know if it made you thaaaat funny.