Only 3 more days until my marathon and to say that I’m excited for Sunday would be a HUGE understatement! I’m so ready for this thing!!! Let’s get ‘er done!!!!!
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what will happen after my marathon on Sunday. I’ve been training so hard over the last several months. What will I do after Sunday? I don’t have another big race until the end of September (a half-marathon in Milwaukee).
Last fall after I completed my first half-marathon, I ended up gaining 8 pounds because I wasn’t training for anything over the fall and winter. Guess how many of those pounds I lost during marathon training? 2. Two measley pounds. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m in much better shape at the end of this marathon training than I was when I started, but I’m definitely not any lighter.
And I wouldn’t say that I’m an overweight person, but I really feel like I would benefit from being a few pounds lighter. So my goal to work towards after my marathon will be to continue to work on my fitness through PiYO workouts and running, but I’m also going to overhaul my diet. I eat healthy for the most part, but I overeat high-calorie foods that I shouldn’t (avocado, processed faux “meats”, peanut butter, bread, pasta, etc.) I’d really like to replace these high-calorie foods with more raw and cooked veggies and fruits. I’m going to eat more salads and drink more water and eat less pub food and drink less beer.
I think that I will get a lot of benefits from doing this:
1. I hope to lose some weight. Ten pounds would be my goal, but 15 would be epic.
2. My stomach issues will improve even more. Before I went vegan and started exercising regularly, my digestive system was all over the place. It was something that I suffered from for years, but it has gotten much better. It could get even better, though. Whenever I eat greasy, fried foods, or drink one too many beers, my stomach suffers. Why do I put myself through that?
3. My hope is that my fitness will improve because of my diet. Right now, my recovery from workouts, even really long runs, is pretty good, but as many of you know I’m a really, really slow runner. Perhaps getting a bit lighter and eating healthier will help me improve my speed and endurance, in addition to strength.
Unfortunately, I’ve never been good at tracking my food and calories. I can barely keep a training journal (or a blog!) updated. So whatever I do has to involve being able to eat whatever and not worry about how much of it I’m eating. I think the key is to eat the right foods if I want this plan to be successful.
I’ve got several months before my half-marathon to do this and if I’m successful, it will be interesting to see how it affects the race. If I lose the weight, will I PR the half-marathon? Will I feel like my performance is better?