Though I didn't run this year, I still went to the expo. I am such a sucker for all the vendors. This time I didn't blow a month's salary on new running socks or clothes, but I did decide to become a card carrying member of Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA). The benefits include special MDRA member races, training classes, and 20% discount at local running stores. Plus I got a dandy race planner/training log. Now that I have paid $25 to be part of a running club, that makes me a real runner, right?
- All Poultry
- Most nuts
- Most fruit
Now I can pretty much consume....water. How am I not a size 2? Oh yeah, I am NOT allergic to McDonalds, chips, or booze. Hmmm.
I have started phase one of my elimination diet. I am on my 3rd day of being gluten free. So far it is pretty painless though I have had a hankering for bread (Ohhh a grilled cheese sammy would rock my world right now). I am using this phase to clean up my diet and dump a lot of the processed stuff I like to eat (crackers, chips, etc...). I thought giving up wheat and gluten would make me a beast similar to the time I quit smoking. So far, so good....I seem to be pretty normal (Chubby Hubby might feel different). I will be interested to see how I feel in a few weeks. I am keeping a daily diary of what I eat and how I feel.
So back to this running thing....I had a dream that I ran a 4:27:13 marathon. It was one of those dreams that was so real. It actually took me a few minutes to realize that it did not really happen. After I was fully awake, I pondered the time. 4:27:13. I went to my computer and plugged in the time and distance to calculate splits and it worked out to be 10:11/Mile pace. Challenge accepted. I am going to train with this time in mind. I truly think I can do it after all I have between 8-12 months and 2 marathons to try to reach this goal. That would be one hell of a PR!
I am running, just not very far right now. My goal for October is to start base building and to be able to run 2.5 with ease at around 10 minutes/ mile. It is a start.