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Monday, July 10, 2006

Too Full

Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I went for a "date" and saw the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" (which I would recommend -- we both enjoyed the antics of Jack Sparrow) and then we went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory where I scarfed down nearly all of my gigantic Chinese Chicken Salad. This would not be any kind of issue if I hadn't been planning on running last night.

We got home, and I let my food settle for about ninety minutes and then I was out on the road and planned to run five miles. But two miles in, I had a side ache and stomach cramps and felt like I might hurl (more than once I eyed the bushes and the hidden green of the golf course behind them). I pressed on for a bit hoping the pain would pass, but at exactly halfway I decided I had to walk (which is really a crappy dilema: walk the rest of the way on the loop or turn around? when it seems equal distance, it can be a problematic question). I thought I'd be able to walk for a bit, settle my stomach, and then resume running, but my stomach gurgled and protested the whole walk home.

Lesson learned: When planning an evening run, one of two courses of action need to be heeded: 1. Don't eat as much dinner, or 2. Eat much earlier and give the stomach plenty of time to digest.

In the end, after returning home I felt much better and went ahead and consumed half of the slice of cheesecake I brought home (had the other half for breakfast this morning); it was yummy.

10 comments:

Blaine Moore said...

Option 3: Be more mindful of what you do eat. I can usually eat right up to (or even during) a run without too much trouble as long as I avoid foods that my stomach is not a big fan of; the only way to find out what works and what doesn't is to experiment.

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

Cheesecake for breakfast. Yummmmm

Bob said...

Lets see what's in cheese cake, flour, eggs, cheese....sounds like the perfect breakfast to me. :)

My stomach does not often give me trouble but I try to not eat before running just because it tends to make me feel....blah.

B said...

I run in the evenings, so I know your pain. Now, I usually save dinner for after my run. Cheesecake sounds like the perfect breakfast to me.

Running Jayhawk said...

Cheesecake. The Breakfast of Champions.

I have the same problem, too. I try to make myself wait at least 2 hours before running at night though. Oof!

Firefly's Running said...

Owwwww! I know that torture of a side ache. As for the cheesecake, YUMMMM!

teacherwoman said...

Mmmm...now that's my kind of breakfast!

Running Rabbit said...

You can't go wrong with cheescake...was it chocolate by chance?

Nicole said...

I can't run in the evening just for that reason.

Marsia said...

I saw Pirates of the Caribbean yesterday too - although I didn't have any cheesecake. Ah well. (: