Tomorrow The 21 Day Sugar Detox will be in the books. It was a successful experiment as I learned that yes, I can quit eating sugar when I wish…I just sometimes don’t wish to. HeeHee. The only things that I really missed were HammerGels and UltraGen. Gel is just so convenient and I don’t mind the taste at all. During the past 21 days I’ve been pureeing squash, sweet potato and carrot with coconut oil pressed into a baggie. It is difficult to suck all of the mash from the baggie and just kind of makes a mess.
A few sample meals I prepared.
Today I am running with my HammerGel espresso, thank you very much. I did notice that recovery wasn’t as great as it normally is, either. Much of this was due to laziness on my part. Instead of preparing a post run meal to haul around in the car I waited until arriving home and then ate. I’ve become so used to mixing UltraGen and swigging it down immediately. Yes, I am going back to my UltraGen ways. Of course, last week was my highest mileage week since July…this may be part of the reason why recovery was a bit strained, too. I ran two back to back long runs! TWO! 20 miles Saturday and 25 miles..yeah baby.
I am SO excited that I have been able to RUN with only minimal ankle pain. Yippee!! After work yesterday it was 44 degrees F! I ran a tempo, with sub 8 minute miles. Yup, that is moving ass for me! Loved it. Welcome Back Dear Julie.
Of course with a few great weeks of running my hamster brain begins churning...thinking...races...oh yes...races. I love the challenge. I love my ultra running friends whom I miss so much when I'm on the outside looking in.
Zumbro Midnight 50 Mile and Savage 100 Miler are now on the calendar. I feel better, I have a goal to obtain. I have something to push for. I love to push myself.
Per my last post, my Pastor outlined a 21 Day Challenge at service a while ago and I have been taking part in this. I even stepped from my comfort zone to ask others to join me 1) for a run and 2) to go to Pantages to see Cabaret. I couldn't scrounge up a date for Cabaret, so went solo. Hey, I'm going to Mama Mia on Saturday, interested??? I did connect for running. It has been a very rewarding experience! I wouldn't have met up with others had this Challenge not been offered up to me and am SO glad that I did!
I contacted 3 friends that I hadn't run with for 9 years. We all met up and have been running Wednesday evenings now. Fabulous!!
A friend of mine invited to run Saturday mornings with herself and a group of her friends. I took her up on the offer! I have enjoyed myself SO much!! I've run the past three Saturdays with them and this next Saturday is a hill run. They invited me to run RAGNAR with them! Yes, yes, I'll try RAGNAR. We've had a great time (although COLD)!