Running update and what have you

I am finally back at it. I have just recovered from a crazy upper respiratory infection. i was getting worried about it because I have a half marathon this coming weekend. I ran a 5 k two weekends ago with the infection and it wasn’t that fun. (How could I turn down a free registration though!?)

Anyway, I did two runs this weekend and they weren’t too bad. Saturday I felt pretty great. I tried out 3/1 intervals and they seemed to work pretty well. I averaged about 13:06 min/mile. I even managed to run all the way up the massive hill of death at the park.  It wasn’t my fastest run but it would be enough to get me a PR at the half if I can hold that pace all race. I really want a PR on this one. It was the second half I ran and ended up being a 20 minute PR for me. This year’s will be my fourth half and I just want to come in under 3 hours.

Yesterday, i ran with my bff and she is just getting back into running. She’s a natural speed demon but we both struggled yesterday. The wind was awful. Leave it to us to go for a run in the middle of a dust storm warning. I thought we both did good. We averaged about 14 min/mile and I still think she did great despite her saying she didn’t. I was just happy to keep up with her!

There are some other things going on lately too. I am still going to personal training 3 times per week and it is going wonderfully. I love my trainer and I’m seeing massive differences. My biceps are more defined as are my shoulders, back, and triceps. Today she told me she could tell my knees were getting stronger due to the amount of weight we used in one of the sets. it was a weight I was never able to do before.

I have also started redoing my diet and started juicing. I’ll try to make some posts about those soon. I also have a review of my new Garmin planned.

Unrequited Love

Last night was game night. Game night means lots of snacks and, usually, fast food. The crunch wrap box at Taco Bell just looked too tempting to turn down. Against my better judgement, I gobbled up that flour tortillas wrapped pseudo-Mexican food. 

Then we got to our friend’s house and the table held pretzels, trail mix, and Oreos. Those damn Oreos sat in front of my taunting me. Whispering my name and promises they couldn’t keep. I was weak and took two of them. Two can’t hurt you right? 


The sweet goodness of the chocolate and cream-filled devils was short lived. I survived last night but, true to their deceitful nature, they came back to hurt me in the morning. It was hazy and grey outside this morning when I stumbled out of bed, head pounding. I didn’t want to go to training. I didn’t want to wake up. I just wanted to sleep to escape the pounding in my brain. 

I pushed through and committed to training. I sweated like a pig. I breathed deep throughout the session and explained to my awesome trainer that I wasn’t unhappy being there I was just struggling through a horrible headache brought on by my star-crossed love of all things gluten-ous. 

I feel like I have learned my lesson. I love pastas, breads, cookies, and pastries but they just don’t feel the same about me.

Training itself is going great. I’m seeing more and more definition in my muscles and I feel so much stronger in my running than I did before I started lifting. I’m getting super excited about princess weekend with just a touch of nerves. I can’t wait to run through the parks and maybe even make some new friends in person along the way. I’ll miss the anticipation once it’s over and have to find a new goal to work towards. 

What kind of struggles are you guys having? Any exciting races coming up for you (Disney or otherwise)?

Admitting Defeat

I may have some TMI in this post, just a warning. I’ve posted in the past about bathroom issues during and after runs and I think I know what’s going on. My running partner mentioned that I might want to try going gluten free. I toyed with the idea and thought nah, it’s not like I have a legit allergy or anything. Then I started thinking, many of the issues I have had actually HAVE followed meals of pasta, bread, cake…etc. I don’t have the worst diet ever but nutrition is definitely my weakest point.

I started researching then. I asked friends I knew that had sensitivity to gluten about their experiences. Come to find out, I DO have quite a few symptoms. The GI issues, hemorrhoids periodically, feeling tired and draggy, bloating….yep, all signs of gluten sensitivity.

So I ate more pasta and bread. I mean that’s the normal thing to do right?? Yeah, I’m brilliant like that. I honestly thought it was all in my head. As a therapist, I know that if you look hard enough for something you will find it even if it isn’t there. (That’s why you never read the side effects lists on medications, just saying.)

Last night, hubby worked until closing at the store. e has moved to Assistant Manager so his hours will be more frequent and this will be a thing. I decided to eat a crapload of pasta along with a nice baked sweet potato. It was easy and he could chow down on what I didn’t eat when he got home.

I instantly regretted it! The felt heavy and bloated. Then came constipation. I internally shook my head at myself. This morning Lindsay and I did 4 miles and clocked in around 12:30 min/mile. Not bad. Not awesome but not bad. Especially considering neither of us wanted to get up and had not done any exercise in days. It’s been a crazy bad funk this week. We only stopped to walk one time and I didn’t ask for the break! So proud of myself for that. She pushed me through the hills and we pushed slightly harder at the end of the run. I felt the heaviness of the gluten in my stomach the whole way and barely escaped the bathroom issue during the run.

The decision is in. I am going to do some heavy research and start cutting back on gluten. I will let myself off the hook for the Disney trip because I want to eat whatever I want while I am there as kind of a last good bye. Once we are back to reality, it’s goodbye breads and pastas and hello new gluten free recipes. i’ll cut i out for a month and reintroduce it to see if there is a change. If so, I’ll commit. Pray for me. I love pasta and bread, even if they do not love me.

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