Do you hear what I hear?

March 26, 2010 at 11:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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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! 🙂

Con besos y abrazos,


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