Tracking Nutrition & Temps, Too

To keep tabs on my protein and carbohydrate intake and more, I'm using My Fitness Pal. It has a lot of foods listed in the database, even GU and Powerbar energy gels, making it easy to use.

Just before my next marathon (Maine in 5 weeks!), I'd like to increase my carb intake, something I haven't worked on very hard before. I hope it helps! (Photo: yesterday's breakfast with homemade jam.)

I'm also tracking the heat index, length and pace of my runs for Greg McMillan's heat index project. He's working on a new version of the McMillan Running Calculator to include information for running in the humidity. I can't wait to use it.

Today I ran 8.3 easy-paced miles. After my run, I cooled off with chocolate milk and frozen banana pieces that practically froze my mouth - just what I needed after another hot run!

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  1. I'll be thinking of you when you run in Maine! I'll be running in Minneapolis that same weekend! :)

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  2. Wendy, that's exciting! I didn't know we were running marathons on the same weekend!

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  3. Have you ever been to Maine? I can't wait to use that calculator once the humidity factor gets put in place! How did you get involved with that?

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  4. Monika, I learned about the heat project on twitter and from a friend, too. This will be my first visit to Maine - looking forward to hiking there.

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  5. I've been using myfitnesspal this summer, I started in June. I need structure so it has helped me tremendously with getting to my goal running weight. Yay! Now to STAY there, which is the really HARD part for me.

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  6. Tina, I like the look of MyFitnessPal. Diet is still such a work in progress for me. I plan to really nail that in my next training cycle, for Houston. According to the Racing Weight book, I'm supposed to be 120 to be at my optimum racing weight. I had lots of trouble getting down to the 130 where I am right now!! 10 more pounds seems so difficult.

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  7. Happy Feet 26.2 and Terzah, congrats on getting your weight down!

    Hopefully, we'll all get to and stay at a just-right weight so we can run these marathons we're training for lightning fast!

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  8. I like My Fitness Pal. I don't like my lack of discipline to use it.
    Trees in Maine will be beautiful in 5 weeks.

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  9. Awesome app! I may need to work up to that iPhone I am dreaming of one day. Perhaps once my furlough days are gone I can splurge on myself.

    Keep us informed on how your diet changes are refected in the race!

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  10. Ewa, yeah, I don't track all of my food all of the time - it takes time even if it is easy!

    LifeasaRunningMom, I'll blog about eating more carbs, if I can manage it. I tried increasing before my last 20 miler as an experiment and was surprised that it was harder than I thought it would be.

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  11. The My Fitness Pal is interesting looking - I will have to check it out as well as the yummy looking jam recipe!!! Maine should be awesome in 5 weeks, if not also cool. Looking forward to you doing well and lots of beautiful pics!

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  12. Your training is going so well! It's great to read what works for you as you have done so well at so many marathons, It's been a couple years since I ran one so I'm thankful to get all the tips I can for the really long runs. Great job!

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  13. Interesting about McMillan...Have you seen the www.runworks.com calculator? It takes in temperature and elevation to the calculations. Might be handy!

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  14. Raina, Runworks uses calculations based on data from Daniels' Running Formula. Thanks for bringing that up!

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  15. Frozen banana pieces sounds wonderful!
    Thanks for making sure I was okay. I appreciate your thinking of me.

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  16. homemade jelly - YUMMM!!! i can't wait to get a smart phone and use apps like that! i'll try to remember that one. :)
    about how much are you subtracting for your CW pace? i'm really guessing at mine but i'm thinking about 30 seconds less - maybe more... it'll be great data for him with the long runs added on too!

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  17. Kate, for my Cool Weather (CW) pace estimate for the Heat Index Project, I'll use my training log or my blog and look for a similar workout in the last year when I wasn't fighting the heat and humidity. If I go back to December, I'd be at a similar fitness level, a few weeks before the Houston marathon.

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