Race Review and Muscle Healing!

Hello fuzzbutts!

So I did the Spartan Sprint on Saturday. It was a blast but my conditioning was just not there. A factor in that might be that I sold a pint of blood within 2 weeks of the race. Apparently it takes 6 weeks for the average person to recover that much. On the other hand, I don’t do a ton of very long distance running on hilly areas. This was up dirt trails and steep paths for long distances. I did better on the obstacles than I thought I would but I kept having to take a knee to catch my breath.

Now it’s Wednesday and I’m still feeling a bit of soreness so I started looking up the best ways to recover from muscle soreness and found a few that are easy to do.

Rest

Proper sleep allows your body to heal better. Lack of sleep also results in worse recovery so you need to go to bed on time!

Stretch

Stretching your muscles after a workout improves circulation, allowing the nutrients to flow over your muscles and hasten the healing.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated also works with your circulation, compounding with the stretching to help you heal quicker.

Light Massage

To keep you healing well, massages also improve circulation and reduce tightness in your muscles (like stretching!).

Overall, I’m not very satisfied with my performance and now I want to train more for longer distances over crazier terrain. Maybe look into a water pack because I was dying of thirst the whole time. I’ll probably be doing more long distance running too, taking on some 5ks this coming year and a half marathon too! It’ll be a blast!

Have fun, furries!

Rest week for the big day!

That feeling when you wake up Monday, go to work, and realize you missed your weekend post!

Keeping that in mind, my Spartan race is this Saturday. I have no idea what to expect or how I will do but there’s only one thing left for me to do to prepare.

Rest! If you’re training for anything physically intense, train early and often. However, as the date approaches, you have to slow down. The last thing you want is to be sore or risking injury to yourself on the big day. You want to be rested, comfortable, and loose. Sleep well, eat right, and take it easy. You want to be feeling 100% for the event.

So what’s the plan? Making sure I eat good food that you don’t prepare in the microwave for several minutes. Go to bed a little earlier each night so I can make sure I get enough sleep. Lastly, just enough exercise to move blood around- easy walks, light weights, lots of stretching. Keeping these things in my plan, I’ll be as ready as possible. Wait a second, I can check youtube to learn about the obstacles and see the type of things I can expect.

I’m  betting this race is going to be super fun even though I’m nervous and a bit anxious as the day approaches. It’s one of those things that is pushing me out of my comfort zone into new experiences. I hope you’re looking for something new to try out. In fact, hit the Contact Wuffles link to the left and let me know what sort of new experience you’re after. I could always use new ideas!

Wednesday Tailtip: Keep the bad stuff out!

Hello fuzzbuts!

Whew! With everything going on lately, I almost forgot to write this! I really want to keep this blog going (one of my goals) so I remembered in time and am on the treadmill while I write this on my phone so please excuse spelling errors and I’ll try to fix any tonight.

This week, I wanted to go over an aspect of health again. Almost all of us want to lose weight or eat better but we still grab the sodas and chips and just deal with the guilt later. How can we possibly resist those snacks?

Well, my furry friend, don’t bring them into the home! Avoid the snack aisle when you’re shopping for food and don’t spend your money on the junk! It might sound difficult because you love your Strawberry Fanta but the usual saying “Out of sight, out of mind” really does apply.

Is there a way to motivate yourself to do this? Sure! Lump it in with your fitness and financial goals! You bust your tail in the gym and you’re going to undo all that hard work by guzzling sodas and munching flaming hot cheetos all week?

You’re saving up for something you found on The Dealers Den or a badge? Cut out the four dollar bag of chips and three dollar case of soda each week and save it up! I can go out to eat and spend close to $20 for a good but unhealthy meal or I can save $20 and put it toward buying artwork! Which would I enjoy more?

Anyway, it’s a known fact that the less convenient the junk food is to access, the less likely you’re going to go and find it! So if you don’t want to cut it all completely out of your life, at least shove it downstairs or in the garage like a unwanted Dutch Angel Dragon character you got when they were becoming insanely popular.

Hope this helps you improve your health and nutrition and I hope you take it seriously because I want your fuzzy butt to look good!