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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 […]

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
  • Water
  • 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…

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