Well. I officially made to week nine of half marathon training without an injury concern.
Damn you, week nine.
I’m still in the denial phase of my current shin issues, which are best explained with a rundown of my training week:
I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but weekly meal planning and preparation is the best way to make a shift to a healthier lifestyle. It is so much easier to manage dietary changes if you purposefully plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner before you reach the point of hanger. Once you’ve planned and purchased all of the ingredients for your meals, it is so much more difficult to skip a meal or switch to takeout instead.
Compared to week seven, I crushed half marathon training week eight! I don’t know why I’m always surprised by this fact, but the more planning the better when it comes to workout consistency. Last week, I made sure to take into consideration my anticipated workload in my new role, social commitments, and our weekly meal plan schedule to make sure I hit each of my workouts. Here’s the breakdown:
Walking in to my functional medicine appointment on Thursday, I was excited for my impending graduation to yearly appointments. Though there was a long delay with my candida results, I tracked them down through the Cleveland Clinic lab and I was confident that they were going to be in the normal range. With normal candida levels, we only needed to discuss my elevated mycoplasma levels and diet reintegration. Boom. Easy.
Five minutes into the appointment and there were tears. Lots and lots of frustrated tears. My assumptions were incorrect. My candida levels have increased since February.
Well. Starting a new school year in a new role was quite the reality check in terms of running. I was so confident going in to last week…nothing was going to stop me from half marathon training! I was going to stick to my workout schedule even if it meant becoming a morning exerciser!
Man, was I wrong. It’s obviously not a surprise that sticking to a workout plan is WAY more difficult when you actually have to plan…and not just find time to run in your otherwise wide open day. I miss summer already.
So, just in case there was any question that food has the power to both heal and hurt, I wanted to share something that’s been on my mind all day.
Similar to when I went to Las Vegas in June, I relaxed my organic, grass-fed meat requirements for our bike trip to Detroit. It was already difficult enough to carry all of our pegan snacks for our trip, and I certainly didn’t expect little towns like Elmore, Ohio to offer grass-fed meat options on their diner menus. Everything else about my diet remained the same (no dairy, no sugar, no alcohol, no gluten).
I chose to post this photo on Facebook this morning and after I took a closer look, I was slightly shocked. Take a look at my chin. This photo was taken early last week (Monday, August 1) at the very beginning of our bike trip.
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