How many of you can relate to this scenario…..
You and your husband get married and instantly you are bombarded with, “when are you going to have a baby?”
Years go by, (3 for us) with that same question until you finally do get pregnant and have a baby! Baby is born and immediately after you are again bombarded with the question, “when are you going to have another baby?”
If you are like Ryan and I….this could go on well in to baby #20….apparently we have a business we are unaware of that states we are a cute, blonde-haired, baby-making factory 😉
Why did I bring this up?
Maybe I use the analogy of motherhood to running too much…but, it’s what I know so go with me! I feel like running a marathon is the same way! Except this time…..I am asking “when are you running another?” too! I’m itching to get back out there and run some more, be that person that someone talks to on the bus ride to the start that is on their 20th marathon!
Before you start thinking I’m ready to hit up 26.2 tomorrow….that is farthest from the truth; I need my rest! The most I’ve been doing has been walks with my dogs and yesterday I attempted hot hatha yoga with success, (you do a lot of chair squats and lunges…I was nervous, but I felt great!)
I do plan on making some changes to my current routine. I had the fortune of visiting with my mom’s friend Wendy while we were in Boston. Wendy was a nurse with my mom and since then has transformed into a nutritionist/personal trainer/life coach. Wendy is nothing short of amazing, one minute with her and you are vying to be more centered, kind, humble….she is just that way.
Wendy is currently following a ketogenic diet. Basically, in a nut-shell, Wendy is eating the diet that used to be known specifically to treat epilepsy….low carb, high fat, and moderate protein.
I don’t plan on going on a ketogenic diet…especially as a mom who runs and nurses and doesn’t want to accidentally eat my children, because I feel so restricted that I go off the deep end, (I of course am KIDDING! in case any of you were worried).
However, I have had some crazy hormone issues and my adrenals have been pushed to the max with trying to balance life along with marathon training. I am trying to incorporate a heck of a lot more healthy fats and steer clear of most if not all refined sugars.
Lunch yesterday was sockeye salmon, capers, avocado (all of it..not just a slice), heirloom tomatoes, and sea salt. I ate my lunch and felt so satisfied and full well past dinner. Of course I ate a snack before yoga yesterday night…but, my body wasn’t craving empty calories like it has and I am curious to see how this could help my hormone levels improve!
Am I cutting out the carbs, (aka…grains in most peoples’ mind) nope.
I made a BIG batch of homemade granola yesterday and will be enjoying this for breakfast before I plan on running. Running and nursing requires more carbohydrate intake…I’m dedicated to being hormonally balanced, but I’m also dedicated to feeling good while running as well as being able to still nurse successfully, (BUT HE”S 2! what?! yes. We chose to let our boys self-wean…..so I will produce as long as he wants my “produce”)
Now that the Boston marathon is over, what now? I’m still riding the high of the whole experience. However, life goes on, and we are back in the grind of the every day. I have made minor dietary changes, (while I’m not too hungry to override my better judgment), I’m choosing to include more yoga in my schedule to help with stretching as well as maintaining strength, and I’m looking forward to my first ultra in 7 weeks!
More to come 😉