[129 days to go] It’s now been over a week since the half marathon and (feeling sufficiently guilty) I finally ran again last night for the first time since the race. I was a little nervous getting back on the treadmill, thinking “was it a fluke that I was able to run such a distance? Will I be able to keep going and adding miles?” Despite my worries it felt GREAT. This morning I woke up in an exercise fury, making calendars full of workouts and mileage goals, and with a new plan to attack my nutrition.
I recently bought One a Day Women’s multivitamins for the “active mind and body” in an attempt to make sure I’m fulfilling all of my nutritional needs in the wake of all this training. I have always been against vitamins since I am of the opinion that you can get all necessary nutrients (and better ones) through a healthy and balanced diet. Additionally, I have heard far too many stories from friends about how they took a multivitamin on an empty stomach and it made them puke. I am puke-a-phobic, therefore I am mortally afraid of eating not quite enough before taking my One a Day. Aside from all that, I’m happy I made the move toward vitamins since your body uses and needs more nutrients when training hard.
Along with the multivitamin I have added a couple of new things to my diet. I have replaced all of my white flour, pasta and rice with whole grains. I was resigned to the idea that my meals would now be marred by the sensation of eating cardboard, but I have been pleasantly surprised that nothing I have eaten of the whole grain persuasion has been even remotely cardboard-like. I should disclose that I am an eater of all things Kashi, which close friends have referred to as rabbit food. Read: I may not be the best judge of cardboard-like food items.
At every meal I have been working in more fruits and vegetables, more water, and have been cutting out the undesirables, namely dessert. I have also worked in a number of other odd-ball, hippie food items including: Spirulina (for its numerous B vitamins and vitamins C, D, A, & E); quinoa (since it is a super protein-packed whole grain), and flax-seed (for Omega-3’s). YUM.
Here’s to super foods!