Archive for August, 2012

running in the heat!

Posted in Training with tags , , , on August 29, 2012 by Hikernik

Cross Country has officially started.  We had our first meet today at the Cotton Wood Complex and it was quite eventful.  Two boys collapsed with heat stroke, one of the collapsee’s was a member of my team while the other was from ogden.  There I was cheering my runner to the finish line.  Suddenly he slowed way down, slower than walking speed.  his strides became short, choppy, and unbalanced.  “come on!” I yelled.  “The finish line is so close.”  Then I shut up because he started to zig zag down the funnel and then passed out.  Describing it now makes it seems a little funny, but watching it happen was actually pretty scary!  Next thing you know, another boy collapses a short minute afterwards! Today was a hot day to run a hard race.  the course at Cotton Wood has very little shade and has some big hills.   There are many things one needs to prepare for when racing in the heat.  The most important of these is dedication.

Firstly, you need to train in the heat.  training in the heat is tiring!  You get fatigued so much quicker, you feel like you are going your normal pace when you are actually going slower, and your mind becomes easily lethargic and tiresome.  My team has been training everyday in the heat for about two weeks now.  Two weeks is not enough time to become completely acclimated to extremely hot temperatures.  it’s not nearly enough time to even get in shape for running.  That is why running before the season starts is so important, which we didn’t do as a team… but expected them to do on their own.   I doubt they were all completely dedicated to running routinely throughout the summer.

secondly, hydration is critical… duh!  You should be drinking enough water to sustain you.  How do you know how much is enough?  By looking in the toilet!  When your pee is clear you are good to go.  if it’s yellow you are not drinking enough.  You’ll find you get pretty close to the toilet as you become a runner.

When I go running in hot weather I always chew a piece of gum.  It keeps the juices flowing so you don’t get cotton mouth as easily.  It helps keep your ability to swallow and even spit, which is sometimes needed when running.  yeah…. running isn’t always pretty.  All you have to do is look at racers facial expressions and you’ll see that.

Running in the heat is a great training exercise.  It can help you become faster and stronger.  It can improve your VO2 max and make running in cooler temperatures easier at faster paces.  But, you’ve got to know your body and how much it can take.  You need to take care of you body and make sure you are replenishing what your diminishing after workouts.  I have say, however, that a runner who pushes themselves passed their limit to the point where they pass out five feet from the finish line, definitely has a good work ethic.  I can’t believe that I saw girls in the meet today walking in their race.  They were walking!!!  The only thing that stopped my runner was his loss of consciousness.  Which I realize seems crazy and possibly stupid, but at lease he let us know he is dedicated.



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 13, 2012 by Hikernik

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” Said the very wise Mark Twain… Sorry Mark your statement, although it made me laugh, is not accurate.  I’m going to be a Health Teacher, which I’m very excited as well as scared out of my mind about.  junior high students are.. in an awkward stage of life.  but I chose this profession because it is what I’m passionate and may be a little obsessed about.  Plus I want to get Mark Twain’s way of thinking out of people’s minds.  According to Marcus Valerius Martialis, “Life is not merely being alive, but being well.”  That line is a little more accurate.  but define well??  According to Plato, The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”  Your state of health influences every part of your life.  Every single part.  

The definition of health isn’t fitting into a size 4 jean, eating only fruits and veggies, or even running miles and miles without stopping.  Health encompasses everything, from your physical fitness to your state of mind, to your social life and they are all interrelated.  Your social life can affect your self confidence and emotional state which can, in turn, affect your motivation which affects physical fitness.  Your physical fitness/appearance/weight can affect your self confidence which can affect your social life, which affects your mental and emotional state.  See what I mean its a circle.  Each part affects the other, which ultimately affects the whole.  Does that make sense??

I have focused this blog on running… because I like it.  But running only takes care of a part.  You don’t have to run in order to be healthy, although it is very good for your cardiovascular system, muscles, bones, even brain activity, and is quite an effective tool in trimming fat.  Any type of exercise will help with the whole, but you need more, you need balance.  You need nutrition, exercise, knowledge, goals, friends, family, love, fun, sleep, hygiene, self fulfillment, and even self indulgence… like chocolate for example.  To sum all that up in one word? Balance.

So in order to keep your health, eat and drink a balanced diet, do what you want along with what you’d rather not because life requires both!  Work on all parts, weak and strong, because with just one missing you will never be whole.


Foam Fest

Posted in Races with tags , , , on August 9, 2012 by Hikernik

I ran the Foam Fest on Saturday.  I love these races.  The Foam Fest, Color Me Rad, And Dirty Dash provide a good break from plain old running in the street trying to put your daily miles in.  This is the Foam Fest!  These races are really just for fun.  I don’t even know if they time you or not.  I do know that they give out good quality t-shirts that fit better than any other race I’ve competed in and that is including the Ragnar.  My Ragnar t shirt is short and boxy… very unflattering and you’d think they would be better quality considering the race cost 120 bucks.  These Races are always well organized, put together and not to mention a heck of a lot cheaper, although they can get pricey if you don’t sign up early.

This run we dressed up like GI Joes… Our Team name… Sloppy GI Joes.  I thought it was clever.  there wasn’t as much mud as I thought there was going to be so we didn’t get as sloppy as I thought we would.



But we look good in any condition… even when covered in foam.  Just so you know the foam did not taste very good, nor were you allowed to breathe it in.  We were told to hold our breath while going through it, which proved to be very difficult because the foam tends to get all up in your business including  your eyeballs, nose, and mouth.  I couldn’t see anything and had trouble wiping it away with hands also covered in foam.  I enjoyed this race and am getting excited for ones in the future.  One of these days I’ll sign up for a tough mudder or something a little more competitive.