Sunday, May 29, 2011

Potassium Soup

Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of the green monster movement, or smoothies/shakes in general. Meals were not meant to be consumed with a straw. I just don't find them as satisfying that way.

When I do make them, I put them in a bowl. Eating them like a soup makes them feel more substantial to me. I don't know why, it just does. A little Kashi Go Lean Crunch on top for a little chew helps with the satiety factor too.


So why'd I break out the blender? This is the best method for getting mass quantities of spinach, strawberries, bananas, and cantaloupe into my system.

My leg cramps have been CRAZY all week long. I don't know what the deal is. In bed, sitting at my desk, walking down the street...the charlie horses have been bad.

I gave myself a few days off after last Sunday's race to recover. My lone workout for the week was on Friday. I jogged for 20 minutes outside (with a couple stretch breaks along the way) then came inside and did 30 minutes on the elliptical.

I've also been doing some light stretching and foam rolling (You want to wait a couple days after an event before doing this, so your muscles can repair themselves. You don't want to further break down muscles that have just been damaged. Be especially careful with those post-race massages for the same reason.)

I've been guzzling a lot of this all week, along with a lot of plain old H2O.


I also bought some Nuun. It was the deal of the day on Schwaggle last week, and I've read good things about it online.

I wish I'd read the ingredients list closer before purchasing it. It's sweetened with Sorbitol. That's typically what sugar-free candy is sweetened with and I've learned the hard way those do a number in my GI tract.


I've only tried a tab of the Fruit Punch flavor so far, but faired ok. I disolved it in my water bottle and drank it while I was on the elliptical. It reminds me of Airborne, but tastes even nastier. It was has a weak fruit flavor, a slight efferesence, and tastes very salty to me.


I'll test it out more this week to see how it treats my tummy. If it helps with the cramps, it presents another dilemma. You're supposed to dissolve it in water, and I won't be racing with a water bottle next week. Do you think I can just chew the tab and wash it down with some swigs of water at an aid station? Can't be much nastier than drinking a full water bottle of it. Know anyone who's done this?

We'll see how I make out on my run today. I'd like to get in at least an hour. I'm planning to go once Mr.Blondie gets home this afternoon, so I don't have to push the stroller. These leg cramps are so weird. I have no idea what's causing them all of a sudden.

Any thoughts?

7 comments:

  1. Look into increasing your magnesium intake. My son had horrible cramps in his legs and growing pains and my step mom (pediatrician) recommended that I get him a multivitamin with magnesium in it. It is amazing how many multivitamins don't have magnesium in them. Anyway we did that and the pain still shows up but is much less frequent and lasts shorter. Good luck.

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  2. You're right. I just looked at the bottle of multi's I take and there's none in there. Reading about msgnesium, it Looks like raw spinach is an excellent source. At least I'm doing something right there. I should probably look for a new multi now. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. oh wow, good to know about the magnesium. I hope that helps!! The nuun sounds gross, I don't think I could ever eat that and chug water in a race. Good luck w/ that!!!

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  4. i liked what Green monsters did for my skin and that they make nutrients quickly available to your body...but they don't satisfy me so I haven't been doing them as much lately.

    I used to get cramps and found 2 things... avocados actually have more potassium than bananas and propel water helped a lot...along with my comfy compression socks!! :)

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  5. That's right Amanda, you're the queen of compression socks. I need to pick up a pair at the expo this weekend. Sounds like they're really effective.

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  6. i liked what Green monsters did for my skin and that they make nutrients quickly available to your body...but they don't satisfy me so I haven't been doing them as much lately.

    I used to get cramps and found 2 things... avocados actually have more potassium than bananas and propel water helped a lot...along with my comfy compression socks!! :)

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  7. oh wow, good to know about the magnesium. I hope that helps!! The nuun sounds gross, I don't think I could ever eat that and chug water in a race. Good luck w/ that!!!

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