Running takes more than physical fitness – it takes mental toughness! I am always envious of the way an avid runner makes it look effortless.
I had the worst run of my life on Sunday. I ran the dykes in Wolfville. Though the wind made the air feel like an ocean current was flowing against me, I blame my poor performance on the quality of fuel in my body and lack of rest. I was tired before the run even started!
Next time you have a bad workout – think back and look at your diet and sleeping patterns before you blame your fitness level. We should be eating 3 balanced meals a day and snacks if needed, hydrating all day long with water. I was at a wedding on Saturday and traveling all day on Friday. Let’s just say I wasn’t fuelling up my body as well as normal. I am back on track this week. I took Monday off from exercise. A little bit of rest and a lot of good nutrition will make this weekend’s long run better.
I know the only way to get over a bad run is to have a good one. So – I am writing this as I head out the door for a 5k run. I can remember the day when I struggled with 5k. Now, I love running 5k. It makes me feel strong and fit. I can complete it fast and feel the runners high. Everyone has to start somewhere. I will keep going. My training has taken me to a fitness level I have never known before. I have the PEI half marathon in just over a month. Stay tuned!
Today’s Food Diary:
- 2 slices of whole grain toast
- 1 tbsp crunchy almond butter
- 1 tbsp all natural blueberry spread (from the famers market in Charlottetown – so good)
- Green tea – apple
- Light tuna (low sodium ½ can) on a spinach salad with goat cheese and rice noodles
- Coffee (black)
- 4 Ryvita crackers (seseame) with hummus and an orange
- I am making a curried squash and apple soup for dinner tonight. I haven’t eaten it yet.
I better go for my run now … I am procrastinating…