(The following is a guest post from my mother regarding our determination to run the Warrior Dash in Arizona this spring. This is the 10th in the series wherein our Valkyrie learns what she knew – check out part #9 here and keep tuned in for updates!)
Warrior Dash Valkyrie in Training #10 – Realizing the obvious.
Last May, when I began my walking regimen, the weather was hot here in southern Arizona. In order to avoid the heat, I got into the habit of walking at first light, which was around 5:00 a.m. At that time of day, I am not usually hungry so I postponed my breakfast until after my walk. Over time, of course, the earth turned. It also got colder. These days, it is closer to 7:00 a.m. when the sun makes its appearance but the mornings have been cold so I wait another hour or so until it warms up a bit. However, out of habit, I still wait until after my walk to eat breakfast. After walking 5 or 6 miles, I am pretty tired and more than ready to be done with it.
Earlier this week, I went out later than usual and I happened to eat my breakfast before I walked. I noticed that I had more energy for my walk and I was not tired when I got home. Well, some folks might have called that an AHA! moment. I called it, DUHHHH!
My internal process went something like this. Haven’t I been having conversations with my daughter about nutrition? Haven’t those discussions included the merits of eating enough food to keep up one’s energy during long distance runs? Doesn’t it make sense that the same reasoning would apply to short distance walks?
Well, I am a one trial learner. This week, I changed my habit. Old dogs can learn new tricks, after all…and, remember old truths. Food = energy = feeling better at the end of the walk.
One would think I would know this stuff. Actually, I do. I just had to know it again.