day 26. running and thoughts

I’m sure all runners have experienced this feeling before. I think now that I’m so close to the marathon, I feel this almost every day when it’s time to get up a go for a run. I was really feeling it on Friday after talking myself out of my thursday run. I knew I couldn’t miss 2 days in a row though and it was a beautiful sunrise and rainbow yesterday which helped with my motivation. I was shocked by how fast and easy the run was. I only went 4 miles, but kept it under 9 min miles the whole time! I should have already started my saturday long run, but I’m still looking for the motivation. I thought I’d write a blog post first. I’m struggling because I’m not sure how far I want to run or where I should do it. Long running by yourself really is no fun. Only 4 more Saturday’s after this one until the marathon. I’m so close, I can’t give up now.

Today is day 26 of the Whole30 and I’m still feeling really good. The cravings for “less healthy” foods is completely gone, though now I crave things likes dates, fruit, sweet potatoes, anything with pumpkin and coconut. This week I feel like I’ve been eating A LOT. I’m not snacking too much in between meals, but finding that I eat a lot at each meal. I also feel like I’ve been gaining weight, but I think that is a little bit mental. I’ve definitely noticed some changes in my body, but not bad ones. I notice I’m beefier, more muscle on my stomach that I’m normally used to. Before the whole 30 I was struggling with wanting first a flat tummy, once I achieved that I still couldn’t get it to tone up no matter how many ab exercises I did or ran. Now even though I think it’s bulked up, it’s muscle now and not fat. I’m still trying to get used to it. I feel most “fat” at night and the lighest in the morning. I’m curious what my weight is and I plan on doing a body fat test on Oct 14. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am for after this marathon when I can focus less on running and more on crossfit, yoga, swimming, weight training and see the continued transformation my body is going to have. Running, though keeps me in good shape, is not great for toning. I need to eat so many carbs to maintain my long runs that my body stores all this extra food for me to get me through the long runs and I’m not liking the feeling I get after I eat, but I’m so hungry during my meal times.

We have to have our money raised for the marathon by Friday so this weekend is seriously crunch time! I’m still a $1,000 away so I’m hoping I can rally this weekend.

On a personal note, I’m meeting my boyfriends mom for the first time tonight and I’m pretty nervous. I’m nervous to meet her, but I’m also nervous because she is cooking dinner and I have to be that girl that’s on a “crazy” diet! My boyfriend has been very supportive during the whole30 and has told his mom my restrictions in hopes she doesn’t make anything I can’t have. I plan on bringing a little salad in my purse in case of emergency 🙂

Hope you enjoy your weekends, I’ll let you know how my long run goes. I’ve procrastinated enough, time to get out there.


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