This summer has been chaotic. Like, so so so insane. I have slacked on my running in the worst way. Heat + me = I can’t run. I know that sounds stupid but yes, I am blaming the hot, humid summer for my lack of running. I hate to run when it is really hot out and when it’s really hot out friends want to hang out and make plans.
SO, a lack of running occurred. I have been complaining that my speed isn’t where it should, my distance isn’t where it should and I wonder why? No. Not really. I know exactly why. That is why I love and hate running at the same time. You get from running what you put in. You can’t cheat running at all. SO. I have said it before, and I will say it many many many more times. I need to make some changes and stick with them.
Things are getting soft around in Green Mountain Runner land and I am not enjoying it at all! I need to get a little stricter on my food intake. I have been indulging in too many treats. For many years I have been eating very clean due to a ton of stomach issues that I could never figure out. Well, this summer I was diagnosed with a gluten intollerance and possible celiac disease. I refuse to get tested for Celiac as I don’t want to go through the pain and hassle of eating an exhorbinate amount of gluten that apparently it will take to make the antibodies present. SO, I have been steering clear of gluten and feeling better. Me feeling better means eating more than i usually did. I also have been indulging in thing that I stayed away from as well. Hello corn chips, get in my belly! Gluten free cookies? Heck yes!
The past couple of weeks I have been feeling blah. Life has been stressful, work has been insane, my eating has been less than stellar and my running has been pretty non existent. I know what I need to do to get on track. More running and eating better. I figure putting this out in the blog world will at least keep me some what accountable. Tomorrow morning my alarm is set to get up at 5 am and to get my bum out of bed and to the gym to run on the treadmill. I am still a major wimp when it comes to running in the dark and the afternoons aren’t as hot so I can do a double dip (my how i have missed those!) and can do a run in the afternoon with Sirius! PERFECT.
Phase two of getting it back is to limit the Wood chuck hard ciders I have been drinking. Just because they taste like apple cider, come in a can and you feel like you are drinking a beer does not mean you need to drink them everyday. They have a ton of calories and do contain alcohol. So try and stay away a little.
Phase three. Remember what it feels like to be hungry. Hunger is not a bad thing. You do not need to eat every time you feel a slight gurgle in your stomach. it’s ok to allow your body to feel hungry every once in a while. When you do feed yourself, I am going to go back to my mentality of trying to make the best choice at every meal, every day. That doesn’t mean that I eat healthy at every meal. It means that at that meal, whatever is the healthiest choice, that is what I need to do.
Basically, in a nut shell I need to make sacrifices to get my fitness back to where I want it to be. It isn’t about a body shape, it is about a life that I am striving to get back to. One that is more active, less stressed and happier. I was going to start on October first but why put off for tomorrow what you can do today?