I’m now more than a week into my Gluten Free life. I’m not sure that it is a permanent thing, but for now it seems to be working out for me. One would think that gluten free means that it’s all health food, but I will let you in on a little secret. Chocolate and ice cream are gluten free. So there’s that.
That being said, I think I’ve been eating fairly healthy. It might be because for now it requires more thought to think about what I will eat. Plus I used to eat a decent amount of cereal or PBJ sandwiches for lunch. These for the most part of turned into pretty yummy salads. Dinners have not been that difficult surprisingly. What is a little more challenging is snacking. But after getting on the scale this week, I really need to be readjusting my snacks anyway. Work in progress.
One of the things that I really need to look at and read about is how to carb load for running without the traditional runners pastas and breads. To be honest, I probably ate much more of these things than necessary anyway. If anyone has gone gluten free and has any good reading recommendations for how to put this together with training, I’m all ears.
So for now, I’m sticking to the plan. I’ve still been feeling good and that really is what is making it easy to make the choice to stick to the plan. I’m hoping this continues. Although I won’t mind the normal soreness and aches that come from training. It when I’m not training and I feel them that is bothersome.
As I said before, I am starting off with the Hal Higdon Novice 1 training plan. In looking at my first week, I have 4 days of running with only a total of 15 miles. The first three runs are only 3 miles and my long run is only 6. In looking at it, it feels like I could/should do more. Before my surgery, a short run was only 6 miles and now that I’m starting again it’s my long run. In my heart, I feel like I should pick a harder plan, push my self, and do more. In my mind, I know this is right where I need to be right now. I’ve still got so much to figure out with how my body will adjust to training with my issues that I need to be smart. I need to be safe. I need to be wise.
Last year I ran over 1,000 miles. This year six months in, I have only run 206 miles. Times have changed. So I will listen to my mind and not my heart.
Doing the right thing.
Listening to my body.
Sticking to the Plan.