I just got back from a 12-mile run, and I haven’t even showered yet. That’s commitment to you, dear readers!
It occurred to me as I was writing yesterday’s post that I haven’t written much about running, and that this has kind of become an all-food blog. That’s not my intention at all, but with the amount of rest I’ve had to take for me knee, it’s been hard to be sufficiently excited to write interesting running posts.
The good news, though, is that today’s run went great. I started the day with a pre-workout smoothie, and this time I added some fresh greens to it, something I’ve been wanting to try ever since Jenna, the author of the blog Eat Live Run, told me that it doesn’t affect the taste much. And it was good! I noticed a fresher, greener taste in the first sip or two, but after that I didn’t even notice a difference. Perhaps most importantly, it didn’t turn my smoothie into the vomit-inducing grey-green color that using powdered greens does. I used organic spring mix and put what amounts to a small salad in; this is something I’m going to keep doing as a way to get more fresh leafy greens every day.
Even though the IT band pain in my knee is gone, I’ve still felt some disconcerting stiffness in it recently. But I decided to try this hilly 12-miler today anyway, since I’m running the Maryland Half Marathon two weeks from today. And the run went phenomenally! I ran the 12 miles in 1 hour, 38 minutes (about an 8:10 pace) with no knee pain and without really exerting myself much at all. I was really surprised at how easy it was, considering the terrain and my limited training in the past few months. It’s hard to convey how fantastic this renewed faith in my body’s ability to run feels, but if you’ve experienced recovery from injury before then you must know what I’m talking about. I did make one critical mistake with this run– I again forgot to lubricate all over with Body Glide. And now it feels like someone stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose.
Because I’ve had to limit my running in the past few months, I can’t really say how not eating meat has affected my training. There’s no reason to suspect that it has been a hindrance, and given today’s experience, I’m tempted to say that eating this way has helped me to maintain fitness during my relative hiatus from intense training. But maybe that’s wishful thinking.
But while I’ve felt like a lazy bump on the couch for the past few months, Erin has done something that I consider incredible. In March she bought a road bike, just before getting really sick with some awful robo-cop roto-virus that sent her to the ER for one night and kept her from doing much of anything for about a month. She had already signed up for a 62-mile bike ride to benefit diabetes research, and the doctor told her that it would be pretty much impossible for her to do it. But she trained all throughout April, leaving me in the dust on a few 10-15 mile rides and gradually increasing to 30, 40, and 50 miles. All on her own, and never having ridden before! And last Sunday she completed the 62-mile diabetes ride, to my endless astonishment. I was so proud of her. That’s my girl! Who says you can’t do amazing stuff without meat?
That’s all for now, the potatoes for gnocchi-making are just about finished in the oven. And nobody will want to eat that if I don’t shower before getting my hands all up in it!
And if you’re wondering about Michael Pollan last night, his talk was really entertaining. I’ll get a post up about it in the next few days.