Training for a half marathon is tough stuff.
Training for a half marathon when you’re significantly overweight is really tough.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m super stoked that I crossed that finish line.
However, there’s a bit of regret that I didn’t train quite like I’d hoped–I never really got a hydrating & fueling schedule down, I didn’t increase my speed like I’d hoped and I abandoned all other forms of physical activity in lieu of half training.
That’s both half-marathon training and half training for the half. No morning gym session with the beau. No Cardio Sculpt classes with work friends. Barely getting in my training runs.
Last week was rough. Like–really rough. The beau and I had decided we would complete a Whole30 every quarter or so (January, April, & July, October). Being out at a conference the week before and then just completely wiped after last Saturday’s race, there was no intentional meal planning or grocery shopping, so needless to say, our Whole30 plans for April started out as a complete failure.
We also have been talking about being more intentional with our budget and saving for a bigger vacation this summer as it’ll be the last one for a while (more on that to come), so we were going to also implement a no-spend April.
Last week also happened to be the last week of my lenten practice of saying no to that lovely thing called Java….
Let’s recap: Implement a Whole30 (no sugar, dairy or grain when we hadn’t meal planned or grocery shopped), no spending outside of groceries (which meant no meals out) and no coffee.
Looking back, I’m happy to see I simply survived last week at all!
About half way through the week we decided we just needed to give it a rest, and come up with a better plan before we could be successful. Knowing we had a fairly low-key weekend, we had several great discussions about what needed to change, what our plan was going to be and how we could make some small changes to help us be successful on all accounts.
Biggest lesson–don’t bite off more than you can chew. We were clearly over-zealous in our plans last week thinking we’d be on some sort of super-human high from the half-marathon that we’d be more than able to jump right on a Whole30. Boy were we ever wrong.
Looking back, the half-marathon completion was a great feat to complete and check off my list. But completing the half did not allow me to reach all my health goals. I struggle (greatly) with scale and size issues (partly because I feel we as a society are so super infatuated with these things that do not really equal health–but that’s most definitely another blog for another day). However, part of those health goals include for me do include becoming smaller and healthier to allow me to meet other goals with more success down the road (more half-marathons, perhaps a Tough Mudder, and hopefully one day, having babies).
I’m gonna get back on the blogging wagon this week (boy, have I missed you by the way) to share some of the techniques we have up our sleeve as a way to help us stay accountable. I hope that you’ll share your thoughts, tips and suggestions along the way. This week (as many of my recent posts) will be about changes to make our lives more healthy, but in the long run, I’m looking for sustainable practices that will help every area of our life–from physical to financial, the renovation of our house, and the continual renovation of our souls.
Some of our techniques I’ll be sharing about:
- Fuel In = Food = Eat Clean
- Fuel Out = Movement = Do something (at least 1 thing) active each day
- Recover = Sleep = Down at 9pm & Up at 5am
- Internal Living = Balance for mind, body and soul
- External Living = Clean yo’ house!