Happy Friday . I still have some posts that I’d like to write about my trip to Boston and the marathon (specifically my final thoughts on deferring and my Q&A with a Gatorade GSSI scientist) but first I thought I’d check in and give you all an update on what I’ve been up to since getting back from the trip.
Well, first school’s been incredibly busy. I arrived at home right at the start of exams and have already taken my first final (yesterday) and finished my thesis presentation and abstract (I present next Wednesday). Whew! Unfortunately, the good stuff just keeps on coming and I have an exam & three presentations next week (and my birthday) followed by three papers the following week. Craazy!
I’ve also been focusing on cleaning up my diet. I left Boston feeling lethargic and kind of gross, I mean I ate a lot of not so healthy foods. I totally don’t regret any of it but I want to go into finals and the summer feeling my best. In particular I’m focusing on how processed foods, sugar, gluten, and dairy products (milk & cheese) make me feel. I’ve decded to do my best not to eat them for the next week (except for Monday because I want to celebrate my birthday ) and then start to add them in one by one to see which may be causing my stomach aches.
I’ve been starting my morning with a smoothie. Generally I use berries, almond milk, a banana, and maybe some ground flax.
Topped with gluten free oats. Did you know beer glasses can double as awesome smoothie glasses?
I also made a huge batch of roasted tofu, tricolor quinoa, green beans, and kale that I’ve been eating for lunches or dinners. I’ve been so busy with school, its nice to have pre-made food in the apartment.
I also made an awesome dinner last night. I roasted tempeh and brussels sprouts while cooking the last of an old bag of farro. I then layered them on a plate and spritzed everything lightly with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
It was so good! I may have to run out and buy more faro this weekend
I’ve been snacking on lots of fruit (apples, berries) as well as dried fruit (figs, dates). I know that the dried fruit has lots of sugar, but as far as I can tell, the ones I’ve been eating have no added sugars, so I’m okay with it.
My stomach is actually feeling a lot better eating this way. I miss yogurt and cottage cheese a lot but I really want to figure out what’s going on with my body and a week without some of my favorite foods is only a week.
I’ve also been running pretty consistently. I’ve devoted myself to rebase training and am focusing on increasing the number of days per week that I run. I’m starting at a low 20 miles per week (still more than I ran the past 6 weeks) and by increasing my mileage no more than 10% per week I’m hoping to reach 40 miles by the end of May. My main goal is to avoid injury so I’m not worried about time at all, just waking up my muscles and reacclimating to running. Luckily I have some shorter distance races and a triathlon (maybe 2) to keep my mind off of long distance racing for awhile.
I hope to increase my mileage to about 55 by the end of the summer and then start marathon training- woohoo!
And thats about it over here- what have you been up to this week? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?