Jon Olsen Blog, Part 4: Working out the kinks

May 8, 2013 

After a series of naps last night, I was up and out the door by 9 this morning after a wonderful breakfast. It was a 15-minute walk to the train station. The morning wasn't completely uneventful as I wrenched my upper back this morning zipping my backpack ... are you kidding me? What drama. I'm in the best shape of my life and I can't even zip my backpack without hurting myself! All is good though.

I got a great view of Foyennard Stadium as we drove by it on the train. This is where we will watch U.S. National Team soccer player Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar) play PSV in the Dutch League final Thursday night. The train ride was full of views of the Dutch countryside. It was so peaceful and in many ways reminded me of Modesto and the surrounding Central Valley.

As soon as Doc arrived at the hotel (about noon), I was in his hotel room getting my SI joint adjusted on the left side. This is called a sacral sheer. That means that one joint isn't moving freely, so one side has to work harder to make up for the lack of movement.

Well, I went out for a run 20 minutes following the adjustment and didn't feel any tightness the first two miles. After that some tightness came back: the piriformis first, then the glute second. However, it is much improved. I made it 10 miles, the longest run I've done in two weeks. I work with the muscle tightness as long as the SI joint is functioning normally. That is the key. Otherwise I will need to get other adjustments during the race. Doc says in the next three days we will get the issue 80-100 percent fixed. I can live with that.

Wednesday is grocery day and that begs the question, what does one eat in a 24-hour race. That's a simple answer ... anything that looks good. It's amazing how your body can identify what it needs. But with that being said, I have some favorites.

M&MS, Twix, gummy bears, V8, chicken noodle soup, potato chips, pizza, energy gels, chocolate milk, water, and Vespa (amino acid supplement). I try to stagger the food by composition ... sugar, salt and fat. And I try to eat something every 20-25 minutes. Eating a little bit more often helps reduce the digestive load and I think this helps reduce stomach issues during the race.

I wanted to address a question I was asked by one of my Twitter followers: "Where do we take restroom breaks?"

The answer to this question seems rather obvious but it is more complicated than it first appears. There will be portable restrooms at various locations right off the running path. But there will be runners that decide they either can't wait until they get to the restroom, or they don't want to take the 30-second stop so they will go while they are running/walking. This is not usually allowed but that doesn't stop some runners from doing it.

Another important piece of restroom information is restroom break frequency. One should be peeing -- yes I said peeing -- once every two to three hours. This is a sign that the kidneys are processing the fluids your taking and that you are properly hydrated. I hope this answers your question.

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