I have no idea why I’m writing this for today’s blog post but during my long run today on the trails, I had to share what I was feeling so here it is…………………
I’ve been a runner for over 35 years and whenever I lace up my shoes I still get that energy rush. There is nothing like being alone with your thoughts, on a road, in the middle of nowhere where there are no rules, no one judging you, just you and the endless miles in front of you.
I started as a cross country runner in elementary school, in the fourth grade and until this day, there is no activity that will ever replace running on the trails. The exhilaration that I feel rushing through my body as I run up and down each hill, turning around every corner not knowing what to expect, gives me a sense of purpose, a reason to be here.
I ran on the cross country team every year in elementary school. Till this day, I still remember running up that sandy hill at the finish line with my family and coach cheering me on. On to high school I went and I was the only female on my cross country running team. My coach was always astounded how I fought every practice to keep up with ‘the guys’ (seniors they were) as I was still a freshman. Through high school you could see me running on the track after school every day in the autumn, I think this is why today, autumn is my favourite time of the year.
On to college I went. Again joining the varsity cross country team and winning MVP both years I attended. I can still remember running my last race of my short academic career, in the cold depths of Sudbury on an early morning in November during the Ontario Finals. The ground was still moist, there was a fresh but small amount of snow on the trails and the course consisted of single tracks, lots of logs to run over, rivers to run through and running sideways up a grassy hill. Somewhere between the mud and water, my shoe came off, and well, let’s just say, I didn’t have time to go back and pick it up. After all, I was racing and timing is everything when it comes to a cross country race. Needless to say, I received lots of weird looks and laughs as I approached the track at the University to finish my final lap.
I was already a few years into my fitness career with lots of personal training under my belt and wondering what to do next. My last day of classes in college, my x-country coach asked me what I was going to do next, and I said, run a marathon. I ran my first marathon and a slow one at that but I had an amazing time. The first is never about the time, it’s about the accomplishment. This was the start of my long distance running career.
With several marathons and half-marathons under my belt, I injured my foot at the age of 40 wondering if I would ever run again. Here I am, at age 45, back running again and today I started training for my first race back after a long injury. This is my first race as a whole foods vegan runner. You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about this today. What does a whole food plant base lifestyle have to do with running? Well, everything to me. I hadn’t run a lot of mileage in the past 6 weeks due to bad weather and road conditions but today I just felt the need to go out and run. For the first time ever, I didn’t worry about how far I ran or how long it took me to run my long run. In fact, I think I could of kept running for hours. I thought my body would hit the wall (that feeling that every runner experiences once in a while) after not running a long run in a while but it didn’t. In fact, when I returned, I had tons of energy. Several hours later, I still do.
So the purpose of today’s blog, well, I guess I gave you the low down on my running career so far but in fact I wanted to let you know about the power of eating the way that I do. The energy I get from fueling my body with plants is a feeling of no other. To be quite honest, I feel like going for another run. The recovery time from my trainings run and interval workouts is next to none this time around and I feel like I can conquer the world. My body constantly feels great and it’s because I’m feeding it the right type of nutrients and not putting chemicals into it. If you are a runner or new to running and looking for that ‘true runner’s high’, trying running on plants.
As I begin the countdown to my race in April, I have a feeling of excitement mixed with nerves. I already know about the extreme benefits of a whole food plant base lifestyle but eating this way through my training is so new to me. I guess I just want to share my excitement with whoever is reading to let you know that it is possible at any age to overcome injury and reach any fitness goal that you put your mind to.
Tomorrow’s Task: Re-evaluate your fitness goals and re-think your eating lifestyle. If you truly want to conquer in 2016, switch up your eating habits.
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See you tomorrow,