So, I am 13 days into my Whole 30. It’s been rough. Energy level poopy. Still not sleeping all that great. UGH. Top that with a husband who is not exactly eating anything like a Whole 30…..and is eating all the things. Now, I could force him into it, but that would end badly, so I try to just roll with it. Saint Monica(the patron saint of patience)has been getting an earful this week. Last night I almost caved. So close. I made him a calzone. Dangerous. Umm, LOVE bread. I LOVE cheese. Hello beautiful thing….I want you. lol Well, I got past it until he opened a bottle of wine. Frog’s Leap. Sauvignon Blanc. Did I mention its one of my favorites? He is lucky he made it through dinner. Kidding. Sorta. But other than that very close call, I haven’t been craving too much, eating has been on point and I have resisted the call of the scale. That is the not so great stuff, shall we move onto great things?
I found Jeff Galloway about 3 years ago, via a YouTube video with Derek Ralston. I owe them both so much…I truly doubt I would have even entertained the thought of running a marathon without them. I don’t know why, but when I started, I really wanted to be able to run a 30/30. I had done a couch to 5k app just before discovering the Galloway method and it was a disaster. Far too much running for me, and had seriously depressed me. I just couldn’t do it. I could run for more than 15-20 seconds at the most. But once I got into Galloway, I realized that didn’t matter….10 seconds, 15 seconds were fine….you do what you can and that was so empowering. I ran the best half of my life in January 2014, not for the pace, but how I felt. Strong all the way to the end, thanks to Galloway! But still in my head I yearned for 30/30. I don’t know why. It’s silly. That’s what “normal” runners run! lol Not my silly 20/40….I knew for marathon training I had to go slow, the whole idea was to finish, obviously it was not gonna be fast. 15/30 worked really well, and it got me through all those training runs and the race. When I got home from Marathon weekend, I surprised myself by really still wanting to run…I thought I’d be done with that stuff!
I got it in my head to work to 30/30, a second at a time I added to the run segment. Did it, but damn it was hard. How to you peeps do it? Funny, a conversation with a Lizard buddy solved that. (Thanks again, Joey!) He told me to slow down, don’t run like I do for 15 seconds…go slower….even if it is a 16 minute mile…just go slower. This week I tried it on a short weekday run. It wasn’t too hot, a perfect afternoon to try it out. And it worked!! I feel kinda silly to say it made me almost as happy as finishing 26.2!! The breathing is till tough, I still have a lot of researching breathing to do, and while I hope to someday get faster, I am okay with my pace right now! Doing those run segment slower feels awesome and I am not as tired when I finish! I ran 3 miles today, and had a few moments of fatigue, but really by the 2.5 mile mark I was feeling darn good! Who knew? Go slower, keep your pace and feel great? YES!!! And I also think the Whole 30 has helped in this too. No dairy? SO much better for my asthma!! I have known this for a long time in my heart, but man I LOVE cheese(lol, think you know that already!) I also discovered that I love running…..I love that there is always somewhere to make an improvement…..its a journey just like life. Two more weeks til I can step on the scale!! So very curious!!