Monday, January 21, 2013

Running Plans and my Whole30 challenge update

Well, I haven't updated weekly, but this is definitely better than several months away!

After really letting my body rest from a year of intense (well for me anyway) training for a full and several half-marathons, I'm starting back this week with daily runs to re-establish that base for an advanced training program I plan to implement for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, part of Grandma's Marathon up in Duluth, Minnesota on 6/22/13.  After going over what type of training has worked for me in the past, I have decided that I'm going to use the Own it plan in Train Like a Mother - How to get across any finish line - and not lose your family, job or sanity.

Soon after starting running when I was still pretty heavy, I came across their website, and immediately identified with the co-authors and the group of women that were participating on their Facebook page and their twitter feed.  I was always in the middle of using another training plan when the latest book came out, so this is my first opportunity to really put the Own-It plan to the test. 

So, I have roughly 10 weeks before the training plan kicks in, and I'm going to use this time to remember how to run fast.  Part of this plan includes cleaning up the nutrition end of things.  I had been doing a lot of research on metabolic efficiency, and have read several books on the matter.  Bob Seebohar has a great book entitled, Metabolic Efficiency Training and I have used this book as a guide for a year now.  However, I just really needed a "reset" of sorts.  Training for that marathon turned my nutritional world upside down, and I never really felt in control of what I was eating or doing after that.

Thanks to Twitter and a gal I follow RunFastMama, I came across the Whole30 Challenge.  All the details are here.  Following this plan has been challenging.  I started to incorporate a lot of the changes in diet in early December, but still had protein shakes and bars in my diet.  I officially started on December 27th and have been 100% compliant - with the exception of having a few too many handfuls of nuts on days that I have planned poorly, but those days are fewer and farther between.  I'm happy to report that my sugar cravings are pretty much gone, belly bloating is way less -- except for when I indulge in the aforementioned nuts too often -- who would have known nuts were bloat-inducing?  Not me - I figured it was all processed carbs, but once those were out of the diet, it was really easy to see that nuts also had this effect on me.  My energy level during the day, and especially during workouts is even, no big crashes.  I really don't plan on re-introducing a whole bunch more food into my diet initially, but I am dying to see what the scale says, and part of the rules of the challenge are to stay off the scale - and I've honored this one as well.  So, for pictures on this post, I'll include a few of the meals I've concocted to include healthy fats, protein and veggies.   Looking forward to seeing what my measurements and the scale say on 2/1 - but either way, I'm in such a healthier place regarding food, that even if I didn't get to under 140lbs on the challenge, it has changed my relationship with food in such a short period of time, that I know I can achieve the numbers that I want to before serious half training.
10-minute Chili (L) from It Starts with Food and my own concoction diced boiled eggs over steamed green beans with 1/2 avocado mashed with red onion and 1/4 of a lime (R).