|In case you missed it ya know...|
The other piece to the training puzzle that is just as important as every single mile you log: nutrition. When I ran San Francisco last year I made nutrition a main focus of mine and it paid off. I felt better all around during training and on race day, well I PR'd by over 30 minutes.
Confession: During this phase of injury rest and recovery I'm currently in, I've taken advantage and haven't exactly been the best with my nutrition. I mean, my choices haven't been awful, but they definitely haven't been great....and I may have indulged in an extra margarita more than I normally would. Whoopsy.
Well, now that it's out there...before I can even get there I need to focus on shedding a bit of extra weight. Ideally I've got about 8-10lbs to drop and we all know how stubborn those last few are so I'll be going mainly on inches; but I know the scale has some room to budge. To kick-start my efforts, clean out the pipes, get rid of all the toxins we hold onto and give my body a full re-boot, I'll be starting my Advocare Herbal Cleanse this Wednesday. I do one every 90-100 days and it never ceases to amaze me just how much better and re-energized I feel afterwards. Our bodies need maintenance too but the word "cleanse" can mean a lot of different things to different people. To me, I will only use a "cleanse" that allows me to eat real food (the good stuff of course) because after all, running comes first and we must be fueled properly. The cleanse will jump-start me into the right direction and get my insides ready for training. I haven't laid out my full nutrition plan because I still have some time for that but I do remember that when you need 2000-2200 calories per day during those last few weeks, it becomes difficult to get it all in. I can't be the only one who gets downright tired of eating in general during training right?!
My heart is filled with so much excitement for this race, but my mind is racing with everything that needs to be done! Which reminds me, I need new shoes.....