Friday, April 30, 2010

Chocolate + Bacon + Running = Pain

Hey, know what’s a pretty good idea?

Vosges Mo's Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar

This chocolate bar from Vosges - laced with salt and chocolate.  Know what’s a pretty bad idea?

Eating an entire bar of it before going for a run.

On Wednesday, I attempted just that…and failed.  The price and indulgence of this bar indicate that it should not be eaten in one sitting.  It should be savored, square by square, over a longish period of time.  Now, y’all know me better than to think I could do that – I’m like Charlie in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when he buys the chocolate bar for himself.  He barely rips off the package before attempting to shove the whole thing in his face.  So I did that, went to the park, started my run, and I might’ve had a chance if I didn’t hit the wrong button on my iPod.  During my first running interval, I thought I was merely locking the iPod touch by hitting the button on top when in fact, I had paused my C25K application.  Mid-run.  What was supposed to be 3 minutes went on WAAAAAY longer before I had the presence of mind to look down and realize I was hosed.  I skipped ahead to the next walking interval, but by that point, my head wasn’t in it and my stomach was cramping up.  Damned bacon chocolate.

So I jogged half of the next interval, gave up, and walked the rest of the way back to the car.  The good thing is, I didn’t feel like shit about it!  I thought, “now, Katherine…eating that chocolate wasn’t the smartest thing to do for ANY reason, and now you’ve got a stomachache and have missed your chance to finish today’s run.”  I admitted it, accepted it, and moved along.  It makes for an interesting story, at least. 

 

Even though the bacon chocolate + run was totally my fault and absolutely preventable, I’m having another tummy/fitness issue I don’t know how to fix.  Every time I do yoga, even if we don’t do a lot of inversions, I get wicked crazy heartburn.  My mom has reflux disease, and I’m worried I’ve inherited it from her (why I couldn’t inherit her height and slim figure is an issue I’ll forever be bitter about), so flipping my GI tract upside down and massaging my internal organs with stretches and twists can’t be great for reflux.  After picking my resident yogini Christie’s brain about it, I realize that I need to keep a better log of my food and reflux symptoms.

My question to you guys is, have you ever had any issues with yoga + reflux?  Reflux in general?  Got any other food + fitness combos you’ve come to realize you just can’t handle?