So a few weeks ago I decided to train for a 1/2 marathon that was 6 weeks out from then, I know I know it goes against all the things I have said...chronic cardio bad, running miles on end bad...however this half marathon seemed like a good idea to check off the bucket list as it takes place at Edwards AFB and we will be running on the dry lake bed which is pretty awesome, and if you know anything about this place you know that there is a lot of history out here so why not do a run that has some sort of awesome attached to it? While I don't advocate running marathons consistently because I think as humans we are not really designed to be running such mileage often, however this is a lifelong goal of mine and I am doing it... I can tell you right now I don't plan on doing this often or running a full marathon ever. I prefer to be strong and as I have learned you simply can not serve two masters when it comes right down to it...I can not call my self a runner and a lifter simultaneously, however I do still squeeze in my strength training, just not as intense as before.
So as far as my diet goes, I simply can not be low carb and support the training I am doing right now, that is unfeasible, running requires quick access to glycogen stores, therefore I must eat a higher amount of carbohydrates in order to fuel my body more properly. So eating a lot of sweet potatoes, apples, squash etc have been essential to power me through. This is great though I am not restricting myself, so when I crave carbs I am not worried about gaining weight, because I know that my 9 mile runs will erase any damage I could have possibly done. This is my favorite part of running. I know ridiculous, but thinking about a big piece of zucchini bread or a loaded sweet potato is enough to get me through a tough run. Obsessed with food....yup. I am not ashamed of this. This training has left me on the pursuit of yummy recipes that I can hopefully share on here soon!
My fellow half-marathon veterans please please divulge any information, tips etc...that can help my husband and I, mostly myself....my husband is the type of guy that can just jump into an event like this and not train whatsoever...not me I have to train mentally and physically. However we have been doing the weekly long runs together and I am insanely thankful he is willing to slow down for me as we have been averaging 10-10:30 min/mil for our 8 miles...if I can hold this pace for the last 5 in the race I will be ecstatic. Honestly my only goal for this race is to run the entire thing and not walk at any point.... No time goals at this point. Just finish! At any rate any tips are appreciated!
So in the meantime I will eat my extra carbs, drink my wine, take my epsom salt baths and enjoy the path to pursuing a goal. Yummy recipes filled with carbs soon to come!
Ladies, weight training is not just for men, however tonight as I worked out at in the weight room I noticed immediately that I was the only female present and there were over 20 guys in there at least. It is evident to me that women, well at least women in my community have not gotten the memo on the health benefits of weight training. I don't mean 5 pound dumbbells doing 20 reps of bicep curls, I mean heavy lifting, bench pressing, dead-lifts, back-squats, lunges etc... I am disappointed that my fellow female friends are hiding in the cardio cave. Maybe I just need to change that?
In a nut shell the benefits of weight training are: Increased metabolic rate, by having more muscle mass your body burns more calories per day, which inevitably helps you burn off the unwanted body fat. Increasing and restoring bone density: strength training increases your bone density as well as keeping it strong into old age, avoid Osteoporosis later on in life by lifting heavy! Increased Muscle Mass: More muscle mass means more calorie burn throughout the day. Aesthetics: strength training builds a body that is lean and mean, less body fat more lean muscle, less cellulite, etc. The benefits outweigh the negatives especially since I can't come up with a single negative aspect of weight training.
I listened to a phenomenal podcast this morning while cleaning and I just feel like I need to share it with all of you. I listen to the Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness podcast in itunes and this one had super special guests Jim Laird and Molly Galbraith from J & M Strength and Conditioning in Lexington KY. http://j-mstrength.com/. These two are an example of what great trainers are supposed to be like. Anyways in the episode they talked about one of the women that they train and it is something I think will blow your mind. http://www.themissfits.com/you-cant-serve-two-masters/ The girl in this article can deadlift 365 pounds...Look at how petite she is and that is proof right there that heavy lifting does NOT make you big and bulky...365 pounds...gosh darn it I am still working on getting mine over my own body weight. Something to work towards I suppose.
The article above is also a great one in showing what the difference is for someone stuck in the "chronic cardio" mindset, which admittedly I struggle with, but am working on daily. Mentally it is hard to wrap our minds around the fact that less is more... So I will leave you with this happy thought. Train Smarter, not longer.
Oh here is the wonderful podcast I listened to earlier I really hope that you take some time to listen to it, honestly I am probably going to listen to it a couple times a month to remind myself to stop running so darn much and to focus on my weight training instead. http://eplifefit.com/2013/11/19/paleo-lifestyle-and-fitness-podcast-episode-64/