I am in a great mood. I love Sunday nights when there are only two days of work ahead of me. And I had a super productive weekend, and I love Thanksgiving, so I'm happily anticipating the week ahead.
I ran the 3-mile Turkey Trot today in Brewer and was happy to run into a bunch of friends before and after (and during!) the race. It was cold, in the 30s, and crisp and sunny. I wanted to beat last year's time and planned to push myself as much as I could. The first mile I was thinking: why am I going so slowly and this feels so hard? But when I passed the mile one marker my watch said 8:35. No wonder I felt like I was working so hard! So I just tried to hold onto that pace and I pretty much did, finishing in 26:20 for a pace of 8:45, 38 seconds faster than last year. Just seeing that pace on my Garmin, just to be anywhere in the 8s, made me kinda proud.
The weird thing was that I know I could have gone faster, and I can feel myself doing this push-pull thing when I'm running these distances. I should have/ could have just gone all out for that last mile and run even faster, but I can feel myself holding back because I feel like I'm going to make myself sick and I have a phobia of crossing the finish line and throwing up. Not a pretty image, is it? Sorry. So when I start to feel myself pushing too hard, I pull back, even though I'm not sure I've ever pushed myself "too hard." I just wonder what would happen if I just went for it. Overall, a great race and a great group of people.
Thursday is the Turkey Trek (4 mile trail run), and then that's it for the year, folks. That means my race list on the side-bar will be empty. I'm working on my 2011 list, but it will be sad to have no more races to look forward to this year. I've had such a blast at each and every race I did, but I guess a little rest is okay too.
Okay, onto the Clean Food Challenge. I wanted to do a little pre-planning and thinking about this a week in advance and figured those of you that are doing it with us may want some suggestions too. Please remember I've never done this before so I'll try to share my plans but I'm not sure I can really lead you through this.
Welcome aboard our crazy train, Joanne, Michelle, Susan, Jodi, Brooke, Kirsten, Stephani and maybe Jen :)
Sarah sent me some great documents on Cleansing Diets from her nutritionist/naturopath friend in Colorado that gave me a much better sense of direction. I'm going to include some highlights here, but if you want to email me (address on the side bar) I will forward you all the documents that have some great information.
Next weekend, in preparation, I'm going to make and store two vegetable stews/ soups from the Clean Food cookbook and I'll share those recipes at that time. I think the key to success for this whole thing is to be prepared and stocked up so I'm not starving and staring at a fridge full of tempting food that I can't eat.
Here is what I can/ will be eating (adapted from Sarah's friend's list)
• Non-gluten-containing grains such as rice, buckwheat, oats, millet, amaranth, quinoa*
Dinner: Vegetable Stews made with barley or quinoa OR organic salmon, brown rice, and veggies.
Snacks: bananas, apples, fresh-juices, tea, roasted almonds, cashews.
WATER WATER WATER
Grey areas/ questions:
Tofu is processed and has more ingredients than I thought, so should I avoid that?
Can you get almond or rice milk that isn't processed/ doesn't have other ingredients?
Do you think plain pop corn is okay?
How about honey?
Eggs would help a lot because they are filling, but they are on the NO list from Sarah's friend.