Today was a perfect day. And perfect days have ball-busting workouts. Preferably two!
Does anyone remember that the initial purpose of this blog was to see if I could find any enjoyment in physical activity? Wow.
Everyone tells you that post-marathon blues are practically a given. I came home on cloud nine after what was unquestionably the best day of my life. A week later, Tim and I set our WEDDING DATE (as of this moment: 36 days, 16 hours and 17 minutes but WHO’S COUNTING?) and the following week, I delighted myself with an unexpected 10k PR. I thought I might bypass the typical ennui altogether but that shit trail race left me with a cough, a strained calf, and a slight bout of runner’s knee. Rad!
While I had drastically reduced my exercise in the last month, I had hardly changed my eating habits at all. If anything, I was eating more deep dish. To celebrate! EVERYTHING!?
I took control of the eating first. No more BK biscuit sandwiches (waaaah!). No more deep dish (WAAAAAHHHH!) and most disturbing, I switched my Chipotle tacos out for…
(With double meat, to soften the blow.)
I resumed tracking my calories with MyFitnessPal and I’ve lost 6.5 of the 10 post-marathon pounds that won’t fit in my lovely wedding gown. Nothing like incredibly expensive photographs and garments to motivate you to drink water and eat green things.
I think it was a good choice to focus on getting my eating back on track before pressuring myself to rediscover my running mojo. My knee and calf felt better every day and over the weekend, I knew that I would be ready to recommit this week. I’d been attending Dailey Method regularly but my limited running over the last couple weeks had begun to erode my confidence. And eroded confidence is not what I need on December 1st when I begin training for the Oakland Half! Next time I’ll tell you all about that the
terrifying awesome TERRIFYING training plan that I have selected in service to OPERATION: GET SPEEDY
How do you get your eating back on track? Portion control? Elimination? Cleanse? Lay it on us!