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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Marathon Training and Day 8

I just realized that this week begins week 16 of my marathon training! Only 7 more week until the NYC Marathon. It’s unbelievable how quick that is going to sneak up on me. I have been consumed with this Whole30 Challenge that I haven’t been focusing as much on my running and it’s time to refocus my attention. After all, I decided to do the whole30 to get me back on track and ready for the marathon. One thing is for sure I feel amazing. My work-outs and runs since I started this challenge have been really good. Missing my long run on Saturday definitely through me off track on a week that I was so ready to be back on track with everything, but that is no reason to lose motivation. I’m going to lay out my plan for the week to hold myself accountable and hopefully have other fellow runners support as I enter the the final stages of training.

Tuesday: Strength Training first thing in the AM (did it and it felt great)
Wednesday: 6 Miles first thing in the AM, Strength and Core training after work
Thursday: 6 Miles first thing in the AM
Friday: 4 Miles first thing in the AM
Saturday: 12-14 Miles first thing in the AM, decide my route by thursday evening and hold myself accountable for getting up and getting it done.
Sunday: Rest

As far as the whole30 goes, today has been the best day so far. Energy level is up, slept really good, no crazy dreams. Work-out this morning was really good. I’ve been full all day, no cravings at all!

On day 6, I learned about the sugar-burner vs. fat-adapted and it’s the first day that I really felt like this program was for-real and that I was learning something that was actually really true. I’m so anxious for the days to come and to see how much more I learn and feel.

Sugar Burner = Energy roller coaster; “needing” to eat every two hours; cranky when you’re hungry; regular cravings for sweets or caffeine; dysfunctional hormonal response to food.

Fat Adapted = Even energy all throughout the day; no need to eat between meals; stuck without food — no crankiness or raging hunger; reduced cravings for sweets or caffeine; improved body composition and hormonal response to food.

I think I’m finally starting to feel Fat Adapted. 🙂 By the way, one of the rules of this is not being able to weigh yourself. And since I’m definitely known for over-weighing myself it’s been a bit of challenge. Instead I’m taking photos and I’ve already decided why should you need to weigh yourself if your feeling good and healthy? Since health is not about the number on the scale. At the end of this I’ll share photos of my progress and see how my body and mind transforms through this.

16 weeks to go, time for donations!

In December I signed up to run the NY Marathon on Nov. 4, 2012. I am running for a charity called Team For Kids. We are group of adults runners from around the world adding meaning to our miles by raising funds on behave of New York Road Runners youth services to provide free and low-cost schools- and community based health and fitness programs to children who would otherwise have little to no acces to regular physical activity.

I need to raise $2500 to participate in the NY Marthon in November and if you’d like to help support me. Here is a link to where you can donate:
http://www.runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/8206