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A Little Pre Race Freak Out

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

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With less than 48 hours until my very first long distance race, my mind is busy trying to organize all the last little details. What I am going to have for breakfast? What I am going to wear? What jacket am I going to bring, and… do I wear it or not? Can I really fit 4 Gu’s in one pocket? How do I water proof my phone & iPod shuffle? – and, is it reeaally  going to rain!?

I feel like I have the decision making capability of a 2 year old.

On top of it all I woke up this morning feeling a cold coming on….. and….. on top of that I can go ahead and kiss my pretty manicured toes goodbye.  Well two of them anyways.  Let’s just say you wont find me at a nail salon getting a pedicure anytime soon. This picture has been my phone background for the last month, and there’s a whole new truth to it now! Perhaps it’s time for new shoes (yay!).  But that will have to wait.

Even though my mind is in full on plan freak out mode, I am trying not to get stressed, because more than anything I am really excited. I feel confident in my training and I want to have fun.  And I am certain I will!

I am even looking forward to the expo tomorrow to go pick up my packet & bib… and maybe even a hat if this rain is really going to happen. (booooo).

Going into my first long distance race, my only focus is to finish and to have fun doing it.  I am pretty sure it is going to take me around 2 1/2 hours, which I am A-OK with. 🙂  I know I need to focus on each mile as I run it, and at mile 3 not let myself get overwhelmed over that fact that I still have freaking 10 more miles to go. oy.

Whatever. bring it rain. bring it cold. and bring it stupid toes.  I am going to complete my run, and I hope more than anything that I look back at this post in 6 months to a year and laugh at myself for being so silly asbout a measly 13.1 miles.

Ending 2011 Strong, Entering 2012 Stronger

December 20, 2011 1 comment

I ended November by logging my most weekly miles yet: 19.5.  Even with Thanksgiving and traveling…. But….

December is a slippery slope.

After returning back home from our trip to Oregon, I got sick.  And I stayed sick for 3 weeks!  On top of that, my diet suffered with all the cookies and eggnog and treats galore!  It’s hard to resist this time of year.  Between all the sweet temptations and festive commitments (which offer even more goodies), I was finding it nearly impossible to maintain balance.  The holidays (plus being sick) was taking a terrible toll on my routine.

I wanted to write December off.  It’s a wash.

Then I started thinking about 2011, with it coming to an end and all.  I thought about all the running events I participated in.  About how I couldn’t even run for 30 seconds a year ago, and how much stronger I’ve gotten today as I train for my first Half Marathon.  I can’t let myself close out this amazing year stuffing my face with cookies, putting off progress and ignoring my goals.  I want to end 2011 STRONG.  And go into 2012 even STRONGER.

So I’m back at it.  Tackled double workouts yesterday, and eased back into my miles.  I’ve registered for one last 5k on New Years Eve morning… just for fun, and to close out 2011 surrounded by thousands of other runners in San Francisco.  It doesn’t get much more motivating than that!

Are you filling up on “fillers?”

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

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This week has been different. For the first time in at least 7 months, I am sick. So while I rest up and get better I have been doing some reading. I love learning about nutrition because the more I learn, the smarter I can workout. I’m not about to waste an hour a day sweating on the elliptical if there’s another way to get my body to burn more calories, while working less. (And there is). My point is, the more knowledge I take in, the more smart decisions I can make towards an efficient calorie burning body.

This week I’ve had my mind on food. I love food. And I came across an article that made me think a little more about the ingredients in my food. I always look at the ingredients when I buy my groceries. Everything that goes in the cart. But I don’t know everything (duh) and something has been slipping past me. It’s called Cellulose. Never really sounded that bad. Cellulose. I didn’t know what it was, but I didn’t care to question it either, probably because I could pronounce it and it wasn’t “partially hydrogenated” or “fructose-anything.” Right. So the article I read about Cellulose was called “15 Food Companies that Serve You Wood.” (http://www.thestreet.com/story/11012915/2/cellulose-wood-pulp-never-tasted-so-good.html). huh? I had to read more. Come to find out it is wood pulp. Like from…..wood. It’s made by cooking wood in chemicals to separate the plant fibers. So that creates Cellulose. Food companies add it to food as a filler to mimic fat. It makes food thicker and creamier. So they’re able to market an item as low-fat and “high fiber” and even as organic! They’re saving around 30% in ingredient costs by using Cellulose instead of more expensive raw materials like flour, oil and sugar. Forgoing these ingredients to substitute in a chemically produced wood pulp doesn’t scream organic to me.

Ok so sure, it adds fiber and the FDA says it’s safe to ingest. But the thought of eating “wood pulp” didn’t exactly thrill me. I’m not sure this is something that belongs in my diet. Why would I want to get my fiber from a wood pulp? I don’t! There are definitely better sources of fiber that offer real nutrients along with it. Here is a good list: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fiber-foods/NU00582. Balance is best.

So back to my grocery cart. I’ve seen Cellulose before and I don’t remember where. So I start going through my fridge and my pantry. Well I guess I’ve eaten most my weekly groceries it being Friday and all. But I did find one culprit. Sandwich Thins. Only 100 calories and 100% whole wheat. Oh, and the package says it’s “an excellent source of fiber.”  Sounds like a fantastic choice right?  Obviously, because it ended up in my home.   It’s funny how something that looks (and claims) to be so great could be uh, maybe not so great.  I’m not big on bread anyways, so I wont be repurchasing these.

So although I couldn’t run this week, or workout, I did learn something.  And now I can make more smart choices when it comes to where I want to get what my body needs.  And well, I don’t need fillers!