After a 9 day gap I finally got out for a run yesterday.
The run up to Christmas was full on, with shopping and preparations. Work was extra busy too. 2 weekday bank holidays means 2 new patient clinics lost, but we don’t stop getting referrals and they all have to be seen within 14 days ( no allowances made for weekends or bank holidays) so we had extra clinics on the days running up to Christmas.
There were good things too. I had £250 in cash and cheques that patients and relatives had given to me in the clinic to take to the cashiers office, taking our charity fund up to £1000, then on Christmas Eve my secretary popped in to the office with a ‘this came for you’ – a cheque for £1000! Again from a previous patient! How lovely (and generous) was that!
Christmas was better than expected. I missed Dave’s mum on Christmas Eve, she normally oohs and aah’s as we wrap Joe’s gifts, assembling the digger or tricycle or whatever for that year. This year it had been a day at work, a dash around for last minute food shopping a glass of mulled wine then bed. On Christmas Day however, my mum was on good form and we had fun playing on joes new (safe point free) dart board.
Boxing Day I spent lazing around and reading. I could have gone for a run then, but after 7 days of not running you lose the habit so I didn’t. I received the book ‘ finding ultra’ ‘ rejecting middle age, becoming one of the worlds fittest men and discovering myself’ by rich roll. Who could resist a title like that?
It was a good read . Interestingly another ultra runner living on a plant based diet. Last year I read Scott jurek’s ‘eat and run’ which I enjoyed and it impressed me. However I thought that it wasn’t for me as the recipes seemed a bit fiddly, I mean where was I going to find ‘flaked nutritional yeast’ , spirulina powder or fancy vegetable oils? Even so I did think that we should be eating more vegetarian food and last Christmas I requested and received a number of veggie cookery books. We have eaten more veggie food this year. I’m a bit limited though as hubby won’t eat anything bean based on a work night and joe has a nut allergy! So over the last couple of months we have slipped back in to more meat and processed food. Reading rich roll’s book got me thinking though and doing a bit of research.
I mentioned last week that I was trying to change my diet to more unrefined carbs and less fat, and I seem to be feeling the difference in my running ( although I could just be getting fitter). I’m starting to think that maybe what you eat does affect your running and not just in terms of how much weight you have to carry around.
I found a really good book on kindle, the ‘no meat athlete’. I like it because as well as giving the background about nutrition and recipes, there are chapters on things like ‘how to change your habits’. Really good advice on setting objectives and archiving them – very pertinent with the new year looming! So it’s about making small changes that you can maintain until they become second nature. I also found that you can buy a lot of these whole food ingredients off amazon if you can’t find them at your local shops.
Anyway I have made a start with vegan breakfasts. Yesterday I had porridge with a banana mashed into it instead of sugar and milk. That was yummy. Today avocado on toast with almond butter ( the boys had bacon and avocado), and I didn’t feel deprived of the bacon at all.
Next i plan to go through my veggie cookbooks, assemble a list of all our favourite recipes, do meal plans and shopping lists for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. The last thing to go will be milk in tea. Is soy milk a reasonable substitute? Will it taste the same? I’m reluctant to buy any to try as I think that it will be wasted.
Well it’s a lovely mild day so I’m out for a run to try to reverse my non running streak!
Happy running/reading/eating to you all!