Döner Kebaps and the Key to Time


After my self-righteous diatribe yesterday on the importance of good nutrition, I promptly went out and ate a döner kebap. Since I can’t have gluten, I had the döner over lettuce instead of in pita bread. I’m sure the salad would have been healthy, had it not been drenched in creamy yogurt-dill sauce and topped with roasted lamb. Did I mention the vanilla milkshake?

Good nutrition wasn’t my only problem yesterday. I was also so dehydrated, my seven year-old proclaimed, in a room full of people, that my lips looked blue. He helpfully repeated it while I fake laughed. The dehydration may have been because of the frigid wind sucking all the moisture out of the air. It could have been the high salt content of the döner. It could also have been because I couldn’t find my lip balm  (I’m certain lip balm cures dehydration). Or, it might’ve had something to do with that pot of coffee I drank at home before going to coffee group.

It’s no wonder I felt sluggish when hitting the treadmill at 6pm last night. I logged four miles while Doctor Who and Romana retrieved the first segment of the Key to Time.

A couple of things occurred to me because of yesterday’s experience. One is that if I’m going to run for 26.2 miles, I need to drink enough water to keep from looking hypothermic (and to keep from passing out on the course). I’m also not going to beat myself up every time a döner falls into my lap, figuratively speaking.

This is real life we’re talking about. I have done the no-carb diet, the low-carb diet, the low-fat diet, the frozen Watchers of Weight diet–I even did the cabbage soup diet (twice–yuck!). While I lost weight each time, I could not maintain it for a lifetime. I don’t know what my eating habits will be like ten years from now, but I don’t think I’ll be giving up Starbucks or Häagen-Dazs any time soon. For me, moderation, except in the fruit & veggie realm, is the real key to time.


Miles: 4 running, plus 1/2 walking.

Terrain: still smooth and flat. Felt a pain on the underside of my left heel. I told the pain to go away, and it did. This surprised me, since my dog doesn’t even obey me that quickly.

TV show: the bad costumes were amusing, but I’d rather be outside.

Overall feeling: Blech! But I’m glad I ran.

Extra: did some ab work and weights, which were lighter than soup cans. It’s a start!


3 responses »

  1. My coach for my first marathon (which was just a few months ago in Chicago) told us a good recovery drink after a training run was chocolate milk. He also didn’t let us run past four miles without taking water along, and we had a run/walk split of 4:1, running at a conversational pace (if you can’t hold a conversation, you’re training too hard) in order to prevent injury. And drinking lots of water the night before, though once you get to the runs of 17 miles and more you’ll want a bit of salt halfway through for a boost since overhydrating is also a problem, especially with women. On this side of it, I am so glad I trained with other people but I want to do another one solo. Which is crazy considering how much I hurt during the 6 hours it took for me to finish, but there’s something about finishing, no matter how long it takes. It is more important to get to the start line in one piece, though. There were a number of times I could have gotten stress fractures if I hadn’t taken a week off to recover from shin splints. So, push yourself, but don’t beat yourself up.
    You can do it!

  2. I love chocolate milk! And I’d not thought of the salt boost either. I am really trying to listen to my body–to rest when it says ‘rest’ and yet to challenge myself as well. I have been reading about over-training, and how detrimental it is. I am doing the training by myself, just because I live in the middle of nowhere. I do have friends who have run marathons before, and they’re great sources of knowledge & encouragement. I also appreciate all advice from other runners! Thanks for the tips! Good for you, wanting to do a second one! I wonder if training for a second one is more or less intimidating? On one hand, you’ve got the training base; on the other hand, you know what’s ahead of you.

  3. Ahhhh, Doner Kebabs! When we were in Istanbul, a lifetime ago, we visited a little restaurant almost daily for a week called Haji Baba’s. Doner kebab was the specialty of the house. That was before I became a vegetarian but I remember the place with great fondness. I think I loved the sauce more than the meat.

    I have also heard that chocolate milk is a good replenisher for after a run or a workout. I will have to do some research on that.

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