Monday, July 25, 2016

First Run in 4 Weeks + Why I am Going Wheat Free For A While

Happy Monday friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and stayed cool in the heat wave that is impacting almost everyone right now.

It was really hot in Southern California this weekend and unfortunately a really intense wild fire started in a city about 40 miles from where I live. Thousands of homes were threatened, ash was heavily in the air and the sun looked like a red fireball. It was all very surreal...

If you have been following along, you know I have been dealing with a bad case of Plantar Fasciitis. The injury caused me to cancel my September goal marathon and take four weeks off from running.
Sunday marked four weeks of zero running, I wasn't experiencing any pain in my foot and I was ready to give running a try.
I ran four easy miles and it felt fine. I took it nice and easy and ran on soft surfaces, which made it a pain free run.

I talked a little about this on Instagram, but I feel a bit fragile mentally. Almost the entire run, I was cringing inside hoping I wouldn't be in pain (The pain is like a fireball in your heal. Wendy calls it the devil and she is so right.). I felt foggy and foreign and out of running shape. How in the world did I run a marathon three months ago?
I know that the fitness will come back when it's time. Right now, I need to focus on healing completely so I can continue to make forward progress.
Blogging has been a little haphazard these past weeks, and I have felt like the complete attention to my kids coupled with this injury has left little time for anything else.

Finding sand crabs with my kids = priority #1 :)

I had my first session of dry needling last week and it wasn't as bad as I anticipated! I am going back for two more sessions this week along with PT.
My acupuncturist and I talked for a while about food and how food can help the healing process, or sometimes hinder it. Wheat and grains can sometimes cause inflammation in the body and he is suggesting that I try going wheat free for a while.

I was already aiming to try the Whole 30 program (I cut oatmeal out of my diet a few months ago as it was making me feel sluggish) and this information made me more focused on giving it a try.

Here is what I ate yesterday (My goals were on eliminating wheat and grain):

I made a batch of delicious almond flour pancakes, a side of blueberries, one hard boiled egg and a piece of turkey bacon. 

Peaches and blueberries

Steamed kale and avocado (large bowl)

An apple with almond butter + an RX bar 

Baked chicken, quinoa and kale (tons of kale in the house this weekend!)

Small piece of dark chocolate

I know I would be eating more if I were logging more miles, but I felt really full and satisfied. I also drank a lot of water. Not the 100 ounces that I aim for, but probably 60 ounces.

We'll see how it goes! I am allowing myself not to seek perfection, but test it out and see how my body reacts to it. The real test will be when marathon training starts again.

By the way ---> I wouldn't wish Plantar Fasciitis on anyone!!! I am working on a post of everything I am doing to combat this injury and come back stronger.

I hope you all logged some awesome miles this weekend!!!

Have you ever dealt with Plantar Fasciitis? If so, please share your secrets of dealing with it! :)

What are your thoughts/experiences of eliminating wheat and grains from your diet?

Happiness Is Running Life!


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