Happy Friday to you! I hope your day is going along swimmingly.
Thanks for your comments on my anxiety I think I’m in a much better head space now, even if it just helped to share it and admit that’s how I was feeling. Behold, the power of the interwebs! I will get through that half marathon SOMEHOW the how doesn’t matter much, the getting through does.
I got up this morning, wary of my sore knee. I did some extra stretching of my IT band last night (since I think that’s the culprit) in hopes it would work itself out overnight. A day of rest and extra stretching seemed to have done the trick and I was ready to go today! I set out for 5 miles and just told myself to enjoy the run. Don’t worry about the pace or the effort, just run 5 miles because you want to. I took it easy, even slowing myself down a little bit every now and then, and was very happy and very clear-minded when I finished.
My run made me realize you truly need to always listen to your body. You need to listen, you don’t need to eavesdrop. What’s the difference?
Well, sometimes, when I feel some pain or an ache, I get a little hypersensitive to it. I over analyze it, I worry about it and I go looking for it. I take something minor and by eavesdropping on my body instead of just listening, I turn it into a horrible, training-devastating malady. I thought a lot about this on my run, because I was concerned my IT band would start to act up and I worried how that would affect my last couple of weeks of training.
The first mile, I was totally eavesdropping, just waiting for something to be “said” about the pain. Then I realized this is NOT how I want to spend this trip around the neighborhoods. So I took my ear away from the door and I thought, “pain will find me if it’s going to show up, I will not have to go looking for it…just wait and see.” The pain never showed up and I’m glad I chilled out about it. I could have had a less awesome run because I was over thinking things.
Since I learned my lesson yesterday about not having enough protein in my brekkie, I fixed that today! After a 5 mile run, a 1.5 mile walk with the monsters and a some strength work, I was STARVING.
A Green Monster Smoothie (with protein powder in it) and a smallish bowl of Trader Joe’s High Fiber O’s (they pack some protein, too) with skim milk fixed that. I munched on a piece of almond butter whole wheat toast and some coffee with organic half and half and light agave pre-run for some fuel. Check out my mug that’s solid advice right there!
Lunch…ah, lunch. I have to admit, I really wanted to pack something fun. I wanted to eat something different. It didn’t happen. We’re running low on groceries and my imagination took a vacation. So, I’m having this:
I don’t even really know if this counts as a sandwich. Two pieces of all natural whole wheat bread with REAL strawberry jam and half a banana. I know, right?
On the side, a cup of zucchini slices with pepper (destined to be nuked in the office microwave soon), two Gala apples and “veggie” chips. I got these at Aldi’s last week because I was intruiged. A veggie chip? Natural? Neat!
No. Not neat. These are basically just natural, baked (I think?) potato chips. They used dehydrated veggies to make them. I won’t be getting them again. If I’m going to eat “potato” chips, I’m going to eat potato chips (though I don’t very often). Not worth it. Oh well, worth the experience! At least everything fits the “If It Doesn’t Have Mama” March challenge which is rapidly coming to a close. I can’t believe it! Where is March going?
I have a full day of work ahead of me and some fun this weekend, so better buckle down and take care of what needs doing before I can do what feels fun!