With less than a month to go my training runs are progressing for the upcoming North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon in June. As a brief recap, I started running almost one year ago (as in never, ever ran as an adult prior) and set my sights on completing this particular race because a Sequim to Port Angeles run along the Olympic mountains and ending on the banks of the Strait of Juan de Fuca carried personal significance—and it sounded beautiful.
I didn’t need a year to go from a non-runner to finisher—no one does, so last year I ran both a 12K race near Halloween and my first half marathon at Christmastime.
Then I took a long break.
I kept my runs to about six miles a couple times a week and started CrossFit, the latter my priority. Lifting has always been more fun than running—even though I was getting schooled regularly and lifting the lightest weight in my class. CrossFit is crazy fun and it appeals to me because it’s grueling but not for long. Most WODs (workout-of-the-day) are completed in less than 30 minutes and in that time you bang out pull-ups, handstands, cleans, jerks and presses…talk about thrilling! Contrast that with running—the same activity… for an hour or more…and you can imagine the challenge.
I contemplated passing on the race. After all, I already completed a half-marathon and felt quite secure that running—though awesome, probably wasn’t going to be “my thing.” Not to mention early morning CrossFit workouts followed by endurance running was intimidating. Mostly, I was afraid of the work.
There’s lots of ways to manage fear. I could hide or ignore it. Or better, I could justify it and explain it away. But I didn’t want to manage fear—I wanted to crush it. So I registered for the half and am currently banging out 22 miles per week. Of course I'm still going to CrossFit (those thrusters aren't going to thrust themselves!) and for good measure, I'm still doing my regular workouts at our local Y.
And that’s where I currently find myself. My secret so far is getting enough sleep, meeting nutritional needs with good carbs, healthy fats and quality protein, and while I plan the next day I don’t spend a whole lot of time dwelling on it. Today has a enough trouble of its own!
I enjoy snacking on Ideal Protein food too. Strawberry Wafers are a great afternoon snack. Ideal Complete is solid meal replacement or recovery drink and the new BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids) make a great, fruity drink that helps prevent muscle loss during endurance training.
And now it’s time to stop writing and start running. I’ll check back soon!
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.