Yesterday I went out for a run in my favorite local venue, Mount Tam.
On this particular day, it was a bit of a struggle to think about getting my ass over there as I climbed out of bed.
This being the Sunday morning of a long weekend, the night before had been a little indulgent. Let’s review:
- Expansive dinner with a group of friends
- Three (or was it four?) generously-poured Manhattans
- A late-night carnitas burrito stop in the Mission with all the trimmings
So, I was not exactly feeling spry upon waking. But after breakfast, downing a large cup of Peets and watching the Knicks take out Dallas for an inspirational bout of Linsanity, I drove to my starting point and clocked in.
I felt good.
Light, quick, and plenty of gas in the tank.
Better than I normally feel on a day when I’ve gotten plenty of rest, let alone having gone somewhat large the night before.
When I finished, I realized that I had just produced one of the best average paces I’ve ever had on Tam.
What the hell? I was hungover, I’m about ten pounds over my fighting weight, and have not been running a ton. I had no business feeling this good.
The ONLY thing I’ve done differently, and just in the last few days, is have 1-2 green smoothies a day consisting of avocado, bananas, kale and strawberries, mixed with ice and water.
I had heard they were great, and bought a Vitamix (costing me a small fortune) because everyone that has one raves about it.
I had noticed that I had more energy during the day since starting them, but I was nervous about drinking one before a run because I have a sensitive stomach pre-exercise.
But it was awesome - I had tons of energy, a feeling of general lightness, and no stomach issues whatsoever.
Could it be a fluke? 100%. Definitely don’t want to sound the miracle-cure infomercial alarm bells yet.
But I know I felt better than 90% of my usual outings, and I’m pretty sure there’s something to this. I’m going to keep it up and see how things go (particularly when I can drop some of the holiday lbs.).
Now all I need is a recipe for a Green Manhattan.