Friday, 7 January 2011

Cuppa tea anyone

These days I am invariably thinking about my "End of run" reward, nothing outrageous, normally being something as innocuous as a nice cup of tea. Last Saturday I was even working out exactly how I wanted my tea, should it have 2 or 3 sugars, 1 or 2 teabags or skimmed or semi-skimmed milk?

This may sound really bizarre but in fact it is just another method of distraction techniques I have learnt, trying to concentrate on the positive and it really does work. One great conversation I remember having with George once was whether there would be tuna sandwiches and chicken soup at the next checkpoint when going through a rather difficult section!

Tonight, I had a different problem, finding myself 3 miles from home with awful stomach cramps which required me to go cross country to "find a bush" which I did but the gripy tummy continued until I got home. In the cupboard I found a box of peppermint teabags that Mrs Jerry bought but didn't like. Knowing that mint has a calming effect on the stomach I made a cup of it and was amazed to find it worked (It maybe psychological but it worked) with my stomach settling very quickly

4 comments:

  1. So what is your favorite tea? These days I cannot stop drinking green jasmin pearl tea. No sugar (not in black tea either), no milk, just plain tea. Love it!

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  2. Ewa, if it settles my stomach on long runs then it is mint:-) However, I still love green tea and still have it cold in my water bottle with a teaspoon of sugar...yum

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  3. green tea with ginseng. I'm off the caffeine to speed up the recovery even more than giving up cider.

    On distraction techniques.....why do you think I witter on about such rubbish and speak with such profanity! Look after those feet fella.

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