Last week I hit a few set backs in my half marathon training. But as part of my commitment to stay accountable, I’m sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
On Super Bowl Sunday I came down with a nasty head cold that really put me out of commission for a few days. I’m typically one to try to run through a cold because I think it actually helps loosen up the bad stuff and gets things moving. But this time my body was telling me I needed the rest, so I honored that.
I took a few days off and by Wednesday I felt like I could struggle through a 3 mile run to get back on track.
Here’s what the week looked like:
Monday – rest (sick)
Tuesday – rest (sick)
Wednesday – 3 mile run (30 minutes)
Thursday – 4 mile run (40 minutes)
Friday – shovel snow
Saturday – 3 mile run (30 minutes)
Sunday – rest
Total Miles – 10
I was pretty happy with myself for getting 4 workouts in, all things considered (and if your wondering if shoveling snow counts as a workout, come on over to our place on a snowy day. BYOS).
My diet on the other hand was pretty poor. Something about being sick just made me crave sweets. I honestly think the real issue is that being sick stresses me out. I never used to think of myself as a worrier; boy, how things have changed. I resorted to SO many peanut M&Ms it’s embarrassing… not to mention Fruit Loops and Valentine’s Day chocolate.
So on Sunday I made a huge batch of Minestrone soup to have for lunches this week in an effort to get back on track. Sugar is definitely addictive to me. But once I can work through a few days without it I don’t usually crave it.
In a surprising twist of events all of that sugar must have benefited me because I felt good running 6 miles this Monday. It’s so strange how just when you think you have it all figured out, you run like a champ after pounding sugar for a week straight. I know from past experience excessive sugar usually slows me down and makes me feel like I’m running with bricks strapped to my feet. But I guess sometimes the opposite is true and I can eat clean and still feel that way, so I’m definitely not complaining!
Incase you missed it, you can read about my 2016 Half Marathon plan here:
2016 Half Marathon Plan
How do you keep yourself accountable?
Can you tell a difference in the way you feel when you eat a lot of sugar?