Well, as I’ve been training for a marathon, despite my leg injury…I thought about how I should start eating better. Now, I’m pretty much a health freak already, and I don’t like foods that are too salty/fattening/carb-laden/sugary, but I have a bad habit of skipping meals. I always always always have breakfast, which is a major plus being healthy, but I tend to skip lunch or eat something like cereal in place of a meal. Often. If I didn’t do that but on a rare occasion, it may not be so bad. However, I do this too many times in a week. Not only that, but even though I LOVE salads, I still don’t eat enough fruits & veggies. I have cereal or oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch when I even bother to eat, and usually a protein/carb/veggie for dinner. Dinner is probably the most balanced and healthy meal I eat in a day.
Sooooo…I’ve been thinking about it, and I really would like to try the “gluten-free” diet. I’ve heard good things about it, and most people that follow it say they feel better and more energetic. I think that this could be really beneficial since I workout really tough every day…it would be nice to have an energy boost! So I’ve decided that I need to read up on that ASAP and get started. I’ll be in an apartment in a week with a nice kitchen, so I can cook up a storm if I want to! It’s more challenging being at home trying to eat differently, because my parents are a bad influence on me! ha ha…although I know my mom would like to try the gluten-free thing too, so I’ll try to talk her into trying it as well ;)
I’ve been doing a lot of cross-training/strength training and not as much running as I’d like, but I can’t do but so much with my leg the way it is. On a good day, a ten-mile run is great…I was going for at least ten miles yesterday, though, and decided that seven miles was as good as it would get. And I definitely paid for it last night…I was icing my leg while watching the BCS game…ROLL TIDE ROLL! :) So anyways, since cross-training is such a focal point right now, I’ve been upping the intensity quite a bit. If I do the elliptical, its for at least 50 minutes at a really high level…enough to make me feel like I just ran ten or so miles…haha. Spinning is also one of my favorites…I like to do a really intense class a few times a week. I also do an Abs class on days I do Spinning…core muscles are imperative to running! I do like to strength train at least twice a week…this has made a big difference in all of my workouts!
I’ll be trying something new tomorrow (Saturday) that I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try…hot yoga! I love yoga so much, and its really good for runners. I’ve heard that hot yoga is even better for runners, plus its just good for the body to sweat out all those toxins! Soooo I signed up for an early morning 90-minute class…so excited…I’ll have to do a recap afterwards!