Downtown River Run in Reno
I’m not going to write a big recap about this race. Just know it was hard. Probably the hardest 10K I’ve ever completed. Because of Reno’s higher elevation, I couldn’t catch my breath after the first mile (this happened in SLC as well, after mile 6). James also spent most of his race in the Red Zone because of the lack of oxygen. But that’s not important. We went, ran a hard race, and had a fabulous time.
The Whole 30
A couple of weeks ago, I had looked into The Whole 30 food program. Have you heard of it? Basically for 30 days, you eat nothing but whole foods, nothing processed and nothing with sugar. I get that it’s a variant of the low-carb craze, but really not so much. Potatoes are whole foods, pulled right out of the ground, so they work (but they don’t work in the low-carb diets).
The premise is to detox your body from all the food processing that goes on, and then slowly reintroduce foods back into your diet to see how your body reacts. If a certain food doesn’t make you feel so good, then guess what! You don’t eat that food no mo’! I needed something to get me off all of the sweets, desserts, and chips I’d been getting in the habit of eating recently, so enter The Whole 30 program.
I had the start date written on the calendar and was 100% mentally prepared. The mental part is important. Your brain can talk you out of anything if you let it. I started May 2nd, so I’ve been on it a whole 2 days now. The cravings of chocolate and chips are strong, but I shut those thoughts down by asking myself, “Am I hungry enough to eat a plate of spinach?” If the answer is no, I drink water. If the answer is yes, then I eat something I’ve prepared in advance so I do not fail and give in. Again, it’s only been 2 days, but I’m hoping that I will remain strong for the entire 30 days. Okay, not hoping, I WILL remain strong for the entire 30 days.
The foods I’ll miss and crave most are oatmeal and peanut butter, every single form of chocolate, cookie and cake, chocolate milk (I already said chocolate, didn’t I), cheese, nuts, and chips/crisps. For my pre-run carb load, it will be a baked potato with clarified butter, although I haven’t figured out how I’m going to fuel in the middle of my long runs yet. Maybe I can make some banana mash, place it in a baggie, and I’ll have my own GU minus all the added sugar. I don’t know. (For those who don’t know, GU is a nasty gel a lot of runners are forced to consume in the midst of a long run to keep their energy levels up.)
I’ve also had to give up my morning, mid-day, and afternoon cups of tea as I use sweetener. I now start my day with a nice cold glass of iced tea. Super glad it’s warming up or I’d be missing my cup of hot chocolate too! (Seeeee! Wayyy too much chocolate!! It’s a good thing I don’t drink soda or I’d be hurtin’ for certain!)
My other goal during this time is to do something 6 days a week, not just on scheduled run days. Yesterday I ran. Today I was supposed to go for a bike ride, but the heavens opened up and gave us a storm from hell, so I did nothing. A minor set-back… I’ll start again tomorrow as I’m scheduled for another 3 miles. (And for those who are anal about their numbers… yes, I should’ve ran around until my watch said 3.1.)
The child is having a great time in Hawaii without his parents. Am I the only one who thinks this is completely unfair?!!
I’ll leave you now with a song for MMM… this came on during my race in Reno. Oh the irony. “Sucker for Pain.” Yes indeedy.