Oh my dear food consumption. I’m eating a lot of food these days. But unfortunately (fortunately?) I’m burning it ALL up. Crazy. And apparently it’s because of HOW i’ve been doing it: multiple small meals and not enough protein… if you see me carrying a jar of peanut butter and a spoon… don’t hate, please 🙂
Week in review, because I forgot (chose not) to blog last week….
What a hard week! I hit a “wall” and spent the entire week frustrated. I thought I had messed up my calorie intake to the point of it causing serious harm to my running groove and then after talking to an expert runner friend realized my folly was not food related.
Monday: 5 mile hike… 1.5 up, 1 down, 1 back up, 1.5 down (spread out over a couple hours) I saw an 8 point buck on this hike, I talked to a “veteran” of the running world. I took some time to ask his story… he was celebrating by watching the sunset… “celebrating?”
“5 months ago I had quintuple bi-pass surgery the day after I hiked a mountain to watch the sun rise… I’m celebrating my healing (raises shirt to show me his scar)”
He gave me some advice for my marathon training, “you’ve got to toughen up your soul” (I heard soul which he meant, but additionally I do need tough soles). He gave additional insight to the mental endurance necessary for long distance running.
Tuesday: 6 miles- 10 minute pace
Wednesday: attempted to do 7 yassos… my legs felt like I had lead for quadriceps. I can’t even type my times they’re so embarrassing. I only made it through three and couldn’t continue so I jogged a mile and cried. (At this point in my week I still thought my calorie intake was messed up… leading to weight loss…and what I imagined to be my difficulties with running).
Thursday: Alissa sent me a text and asked if I was interested in an 11-12 mile run after work. I had my work-out gear and my Sat run was supposed to be 11-12 so I figured I’d just switch it up… 9 miles into our run with her double jogger that she pushed the entire time… it was pitch black out, so we stopped.
Friday: rest (and lunch with my friend who is a cross country coach who clued me in that while she was running cross country in college, their coach forbid them during training season to go on dorm hikes during the weekend… reason: interference w/ recovery (after their long runs on fri/sat) and training for the next week…. I messed up my week by using hiking as cross training!!!! Mystery solved.
Saturday: 9 miles at 10 minute pace, but total dehydration and no water carried… the world is good!