Black Toes

Trail running, running, and hiking in Colorado's Front Range.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Pizza Power: is pizza an alternative & untapped fuel source?

Two pizzas in two days! To whom to I owe this pleasure: my wife.

Yesterday was awesome - A good meeting with my advisor and the discovery that my REI dividends were usable. I got a nifty REI backpack for day hikes and commuting. It fits all my running gear + other goodies. I was supposed to go swimming last night, but that fell through when I got to the pool only to discover it was closing in 15 minutes. Instead we went to a new NY style pizza place that opened in downtown Golden. It was awesome and as good as some of the little local places I ate at when I lived in the Village growing up. In some freakish turn of events I was absolutely ravenous last night - and ate most of a large pizza. Probably because it had no meat and was pretty thin. I was even amazed at how much I was able to eat. I attribute my success in todays run to yesterday's pizza.

Today I was supposed to do 6 miles. Luckily, my wife needed some yarn for a new project, and that meant I could persude her to go running at Washington Park in downtown Denver. So, we hit a couple yarn stores and went to the park. I didn't jackrabbit this time, and was able to stay fairly consistent over the 6 miles. I was able to do them in 49:33, so that's pretty good for me - it was an endurance run, and I felt really good. No stiches, no pains, no breathing problems. That means I've dropped my times by more than a minute in less than 6 months. I may be able to break 2 hrs on a half marathon now.

It was gorgeous and there were some southerlies at the park, so it made for an effort in some spots, but was better than the winds in Golden. They have a crushed gravel trail that goes around the park and is 2.65 miles around. It's pretty soft, so I think I'm going to try to run there once or twice a month.

The second pizza was homemade. My wife made organic pizzas with garlic, tomatoes, chicken Italian sausage, and fresh mozzerella cheese. Quite a good way to replenish calories after a nice run.

Run summary:
distance: 6 miles
time: 49:33 minutes
pace: 8:17 minutes/mi

PS: April - I downed 4 liters of water before my run and had no problems. I think if anything I was very well hydrated before my run.

2 Comments:

  • At 4:28 AM, Blogger Jank said…

    Pizza (in moderation) has got to be one of the best fuels out there. GOod balance of carbs, protein and fat, and general tastiness. Plus, it scoffs in the face of trendy diets "Ha! I have bread AND cheese" while hooking kids on tasty veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and the like.

    If it weren't for pizza, what would anchovie farmers do?

     
  • At 9:46 AM, Blogger april anne said…

    I think I just may have to head out for pizza tonight!
    (thanks for the water comments/input. I feel better knowing that it really is “good” for me. So, my addiction continues!)

     

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