Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hello there, Pumpkin

I've said from the beginning, I've got to start thinking (and eating) like an athlete.

But when it comes to nutrition, I don't know how athletes handle this time of year. Is Tom Brady counting down the seconds until the game ends so he can run to Starbucks?

The power of Pumpkin compels me. Pumpkin may actually be stronger than the Force.  If you've been inside a Trader Joe's in the past few weeks, perhaps you understand why I walked in a few days ago  and was like "MUST BUY ALL THE THINGS." But I know there's an important balance in my macronutrients (protein, fats, carbs) that gets thrown out of whack when you introduce sweet pumpkin goodies into the mix. I think I'll need to be satisfied getting through this season with Pumpkin coffee and savory pumpkin dishes.

Anyway, I may not have eaten as cleanly as I should have today for my run (I'm looking at you, pumpkin scone). Within two minutes of my run today, I felt much more winded than I should have. I didn't quite have the um... digestive issues... I had at last week's run, but I still suffered from some cramping. Tonight's crew at Running for Brews were among the more athletic, which is good for me because I usually try to keep up with faster runners. My body was just not cooperating, though.

Do I know for sure my eating habits are the culprit? Not necessarily. Maybe I just haven't adjusted to running in 100% humidity (thank you, recent move to Florida) yet. I'll give it another try next week.

But I'm still feeling a bit discouraged. If I'm going to hit a sub 2:00 half marathon, I need to shave one minute per mile off my current time... and sustain that for 13 miles.

196 days left - is it enough time?

Today's Exercise: Running for Brews 5k - 2.60 miles at 10.03 min/mi

Eggs with Spinach
More Coffee
Baby Spinach Salad
Iced Pumpkin Scone
GNC Puredge Energy
GNC Puredge Protein

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