I'm sure I've mentioned that I am training for a 1/2 marathon right now, which will happen on May 2nd. Four weeks ago I messed up my back shoveling and have not been able to train at all! I've missed 4 weeks of my training. After seeking advice from a good friend (and cross country maniac!), I jumped right back in to the schedule where I should be - not where I left off. On Saturday, I ran 8 miles. I wasn't sure how that would go - especially considering my juice feast. I know that I'm fueling my body with the most nutrient dense foods possible, but making sure I'm drinking enough to sustain distance running is the key. So I loaded up! Just before my run, I drank about 12 oz of pure orange juice. Then I filled my water bottle with fresh orange/grapefruit/apple juice, mixed with a little water, and I set out. I live in town, so my strategy was to head out into the country for an 8 mile loop, rather than looping multiple times around town. I knew that if I did that, it would be too easy to quit and go home. But heading out of town meant I had no choice but to finish.
I had my musical friends from the 80's (pandora 80's cardio) playing on my ipod and I spend most of my run chanting "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength..." over and over! It worked. He helped me get through it! I only stopped 3 times, and each time only for about 2 minutes to stretch/walk and chug some juice. I'm as slow as a snail! It took be 1:43 min to do those 8 miles. But I honestly don't care at all about my time! I just care about finishing. Next weekend, I "get" to run 9!
I made a fun purchase today! We have an island (counter) in our kitchen and it is always filled with bowls of fruit. Big bowls... several of them. Very messy looking. (I should have taken a before pix) They take up half the island and it drives my husband batty! Today we stopped by Pier 1 and I found a three tiered basket that sits on the floor. I filled it up and still have a bowl of lemons and limes on my counter! But it looks much better!
So, that's where things are on day 16. I'm holding my own - but I do hope it gets easier.