Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Change I can believe in?

Don't worry, no politics in this post. Just looking for a change... despite running a stupid ~60 miles last week (after 3 weeks off) I feel like I am stuck in a rut and just not getting my ass in gear quickly enough this year. Only 4 months to Grandma's!! I've already figured out there is no point in planning to race Chippewa. (I know, I say that now and on the day I'll ignore the lack of training and go for it anwyay. And most likely regret it.)

Before that is a trip to Virginia which all along I'd planned as more of a long training run but mostly a chance to head back to one of my fav running destinations. And just a weekend away at that time of year when it seems like winter has been around for 12 months. Hard to believe I am only just back from vacation!

It's not that I have lost any of my passion for running. Far from it. I would run every day if I thought I could get away with it. But I benefit most from cross-training. The problem is work is a bit crazy and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future... so despite my plans at the start of the week running is always the easiest workout to fit into the day.

The other problem is that my usual non-running activities - yoag/swimming/spin - don't seem to be doing a whole lot for me these days. I feel like I need to hit upon something new that will shock my body into action. It is definitely true that your muscles get used to a rountine.

The other big problem is my diet which has no signs of improving. I talk about it as if it's totally outside of my control. Ugggh. It can only get better, right?

Anyway, that's enough complaining for one day.

In other news... finally posted photos from Aconcagua at this link. A warning: there are about 600 of them!! I combined mine with Igor's (so at least there are some of the summit!) but they are a bit disorganized and I didn't get very far with captions. But anyway, you'll get the picture :)


SteveQ said...

And now you have to search 600 photos to find my comment. Looks like a great adventure! For me, someday, Dinali calls.

Steve said...

Helen, just a couple of suggestions that have greatly improved my ultra training. First, try some "Primal Challenges" as a change of pace. For example, do as many full squats as you can in 20 minutes,using only your body weight. This is a great way to get a serious strength-building workout in a short amount of time. You can do the same kind of 20-minute challenge doing other exercises such as pushups and burpees (squat thrusts). Second, I've changed my diet the last 2 and one half weeks to the Paleo Diet. I avoid grains, beans, peas, legumes, dairy, peanuts, and tomatoes. 90% of my diet consists of lean, grass-fed meats, veggies, nuts, berries, and some fruit. In the short time I've been eating this way, I've noticed a significant improvement in my stamina and strength. In addition, this diet is very low in simple carbs (provided you watch your fruit intake) and will make you much leaner and help you gain muscle. Give it a try for a few weeks and see how it goes!

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