I had a relatively inactive week the week prior, but definitely made up for it over the past 8 days! Whew.
M - 5 mi, 9:15/mi average. It was 59 degrees! Ave HR 167. Felt fantastic in the cool weather.
T - Barre3 weekly workout (bodyweight workout, 30 minutes, hard!)
W - Intervals, 4 mi total. 1 mile warmup (10:10). 6 x 400m at following paces: 7:42, 8:01, 7:48, 7:50, 8:07, 7:39. Slow 400m jogs between each (~11:30/mi). I didn't push super hard on this and next time I'd like to try to get closer to 7:30 pace on the intervals. Ave HR 170, 70F
R - Thanksgiving! SUPER slow + relaxed run with some walking. 11:05/mi average, HR average 152, 79F and sunny.
F - 6 mi total - 1 warmup mile (10:18), then 2 at race pace (8:42, 8:54), then 1 recovery (10:56), then 2 more at race pace (9:22, 8:48). Ave HR 170, 75F.
S - Barre3 40 minute workout
S - 8 mile long run at relaxed pace (10:15/mi, 64F, ave HR 156)
Total = 25 miles / 2 barre3 workouts
Well, it was Thanksgiving week! So we did lots of eating out or with family and I didn't have much of a meal plan. It worked out, though. This week I have all recipes from Run Fast Eat Slow and I'll try to take some pix and report back.
I did make key lime pie (fave recipe) which turned out really well (if I do say so myself :) ).
Blog posts / podcasts during a quiet week
Song Exploder - "Johann Johannson - Arrival". Song Exploder takes a song and dissects it piece by piece along with the artist. This episode had a song from the Arrival soundtrack, which I want to see now!
Lagliv's post makes me want to book a family trip to Mexico. Immediately.
SO -- I read Food Freedom Forever a couple of weeks ago. This book is written by one of the Whole30 creators, and I was intrigued by the idea that someone had written a whole book about finding that 'forever' balance with food. Especially because lately, I have not felt particularly 'free' in this regard. I am working out more, but not seeing the results I would like to see with respect to a) running speed or b) positive body changes. I definitely think I need to add more strength training with heavier weights (barre3 is great and I am sore after the workouts, but I just have a feeling I'd see more 'results' by lifting more). But I also think some of it is just eating too much crap (sugar, chips, processed #($*&@) and (therefore) weighing a few more pounds than I would like.
I love running. I love getting faster. I realize that yes, age is a factor and leads to slowdown at some point. But I'm 36. Should there really be this much of a difference between 36 and . . . 35? My pre-kid times (okay, those are from >5 yrs ago, but still) are so much faster than I am now. Does it matter, really? No. Not at all in the grand scheme of things. But as a personal goal would I prefer to run faster? Yes.
SO. In the dual pursuit of faster running times, less negativity about my eating habits, AND better-fitting jeans, I went searching around and found Food Freedom Forever. The idea sounded really appealing: "letting go of guilt, bad habits, and anxiety around food." However, I found myself debating the entire book and muttering under my breath as I read it. The author recommends a Whole30 (30 days of squeaky clean grain/dairy/sugar/alcohol-free eating) and then a transition to more 'normal' foods, but then to go back to the Whole30 whenever you feel out of control again. I mean, obviously it was more nuanced than that to fill an entire book, but to me that just sounded . . .terrible. Like an invitation to yo-yo. Like the very opposite of Food Freedom.
The truth is that I really believe I can reset WITHOUT such drastic measures, and hopefully find my own more permanent balance over the long haul. I think her approach may make sense if one is very overweight and in need of a total food/lifestyle makeover. But that is not me. I am a runner, generally like healthy food, and just need to PUT THE SUGAR ON HOLD and watch portions a little. I think that with consistent effort in small ways, I can get the results I want AND enjoy my life. Which includes wine. And dark chocolate. And OMG gluten sometimes.
SO, I am now on plan, but it's my own plan. Just eating mostly healthy foods, cutting excess when it seems reasonable to do so, and keeping sugar to a minimum on non-special occasions. I have faced this question many times before, but in my heart I just feel I am more of a moderator when it comes to food (and most things). Abstaining will make me sad, potentially crazy, and would backfire.
I have decided to give myself at least until the new year to really try to just . . . moderate! If it fails, the Whole30 will always be available come January. I think NOT having to eliminate all wine will be motivation enough for me . . . will report back. If my running times get faster in a month, we'll know it's working.
PS: planner series 2017 countdown starts tomorrow 😁