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Antioxidants and endurance

grapes

Lately I have discovered the magical properties of blueberries and grapes (specifically concord grapes for me).  Sure I heard they were helpful to endurance athletes, but I never suspected they would be so darned powerful against lactic acid and joint inflammation.

As an example:
This past weekend I ran a 9 mile Saturday and followed that with a 17 mile Sunday. On Saturday I was felling pretty sore after the run and was really wondering if I would be OK for Sundays long run. However I ate about a cup of blueberries and literally felt the pain melt away over a few hours. (I also iced my knees, which is a usual ritual in the evenings as I watch a bit of TV.)

Sunday morning came and I was full of energy and completely pain free prior to the run. The 17 miles passed without any issues, and I was a bit stiff afterwards. I cleaned up and fuelled as normal. (Gatorade, protein shake, water, veggie soup) But I followed the meal with a cup of blueberries, and sure enough the pain melted away just as it had the day before.  By the early evening hours it was as if I had not ran a long run at all that day.

I experienced the same results earlier in the week with concord grapes.

Oh, and by the way…the seeds are very healthy and should also be eaten.  Crunch, crunch!Adam closing

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Week 30 to 40, 2011 training summary

Wow, it is hard to believe that 10 weeks have passed since my last blog post. So I will simply post all 10 weeks miles into one post as I get rolling on the blog again.  For the most part I have remained somewhat consistent, as I continue to run maintenance miles to keep up my fitness prior to actually training for an event.

Speaking of events, I am now in training for the 2012 Iron Horse Endurance run where I will once again try to finish my first 100 mile event.  Last year I completed my first 100K, and the year before that I completed my first 50 mile.  So I think this is the year I will finish my first 100 mile. I have started to ramp up the miles as I prepare, with only 18 weeks left till the event.

training_summaryRunning Miles:
Wk 30 – 41.5
Wk 31 – 34.5
Wk 32 – 35.5
Wk 33 – 33.66 (5=running, the rest was hiking)
Wk 34 – 12
Wk 35 – 18.5
Wk 36 – 35.5
Wk 37 – 37.5
Wk 38 – 36.25
Wk 39 – 34
Wk 40 – 46.5
2011 Running Miles: 1,502.41

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