Maaaaan, I feel like this weekend flew by. Don’t they always, though? I bet it felt even shorter for the kids heading back to school. Unless, of course, they are nerds like me and love the start of the school year. Ah, to be young and bill-less again.
Anywho, as some of you know from my social media accounts, my run on Saturday went over like a ton of bricks. I again couldn’t run very well due to my no sugar no carb nutrition experiment. I was so dead at the end of my slog that I was given an apple from my friend Eva and it was the greatest apple I have ever eaten in my whole entire life. Needless to say, I need carbs and sugar to run.
Yes, you can say I told you so if you are so inclined. But hey, at least I tried.
I was super happy to run a few miles with Jesica from Runladylike and am SO happy she now lives in my area. I hope to run with her lots and lots more. Fast friends are THE best to run with.
|Check out that sunrise!
I haven’t gone insane with the carbs and sugar, although I did eat the lunch provided to the volunteers on Saturday at the Special Olympics. I figured since I had a long run slated for Sunday, adding back in carbs could only help with that run. I’m trying to be very mindful of the carbs and sugar I do eat and not fall back into my “Oh, it’s 4 PM, time to hit the snack machine” routine again.
|Tori, Steph, the S.O., and I got to be timers for the swim meet.
After the swim meet the S.O. and I went to see my stepmom, then headed home to eat and get ready for our Sunday workouts. I was pretty pooped after sitting in the sun all day Saturday but I had some trouble falling asleep. Isn’t that the worst? I knew I had a 4:15 AM wake up alarm and I kept tossing and turning. A lot of that had to do with my thoughts on how my diet plan worked out.
To be completely honest, I was pretty bummed that I felt like I had to eat carbs and sugar again. It felt like failing. I know I said all along that I was going to see how it went, but I can’t help but feel a little sad that something I know that worked so well for me in the past is no longer viable. I guess I can look at it as the Beth from the past wasn’t a marathoner or triathlete like I am now.
On the plus side, I feel proud with how well I stuck to that plan. I made it five days with no sugar and no carbs. That is not easy, let me tell you. If anything, my trial and error process gives me answers to questions about what I truly need to fuel for runs. And it has helped me look at what I was allowing myself to eat far too often prior to cutting the carbs and sugar. Still looking at you Cheez-Its.
And guess what? My Sunday run was fantastic. (You already said I told you so once.)
I got in over nine miles at a faster pace than I’ve been able to run for most of the summer. This makes me VERY happy. I wasn’t hauling per se, but it really gets me excited for the cooler months ahead.
I finished out my weekend with a little beach with Keara and her adorable baby girl and then it was dinner with the S.O. and an early night’s sleep to prepare for master’s swim this morning.
|Sandcastle making in action!
Again, I appreciate all of the feedback on my nutrition changes and challenges. I’m still figuring out what works best for me. It’s really all we can do, right?
I hope you all had great weekends!
P.S. Check back tomorrow for a blog on how to train and get through that first marathon!