So, after much thought and prayer, I have decided to change my first marathon from the Big D marathon to one week earlier at the Irving marathon. My biggest concern was that the location of the Big D is in an area of Dallas that I'm not very familiar with and that has its fair share of crime. Since I would be going that morning by myself (family will join me later in the day) and it's not in the best area, and I'm not familiar with the area, I decided that the Irving marathon better suited me. It's practically right in my "backyard", I'm very familiar with the routes and the terrain, and in general the safety of the location.
What that means for me is that I've now narrowed my training by a week, so I absolutely cannot miss a training session. It's been hard this week with our kids first getting sick, my husband and now me, but I will be getting my six mile run in tomorrow as scheduled - sick or not!
As for the rest of the year, I'm hoping to be able to do a half marathon again in August and then December. I'm researching options for some half marathons that are out of town, maybe try to get a trip in with it. If not, there are still a few half marathons to choose from in the D/FW area that I would be interested in. Once I get these halfs under my belt, I'm planning to train for a full marathon. I don't have a time frame for this; I need to see how the half marathons go, my recovery from those and the amount of time it will take to properly train for 26.2. I'm excited about what my running future holds! Here's to a year full of running fun and adventure!
So, one of my goals for this new year is to maintain mine and my family's healthy eating habits. For the rest of my family, they eat pretty cleanly, not a lot of "junk", but we still do have fun "kid-friendly" foods around the house for them: juice, chips and crackers, cheese sticks, fruit snacks etc. They should be able to enjoy what they want and not be subjected to my strict nutrition goals and desires.
As for myself, I am very proud at how well I've done through (most of!) the holidays and how well I'm doing now. I've created a family meal plan (please check out January's meal plan here) that is prepared for them in mind, but then I tweak what I eat just a bit. For example, one night we may have hamburgers and french fries, but the fries will be baked and not fried, and I will prepare my hamburger without the bun and over a green salad. It's simple swaps that help me maintain my nutrition goals.
Ultimately, and what I have been able to stick with and what works for me, is a reduced-calorie diet (1300-1600 calories per day, tracked using my MyFitnessPal app), lots of fresh fruits and veggies, sometimes I'll have some Greek yogurt with fruit or plain with just a touch of agave nectar to sweeten it up, snack on some almonds, and lots of lemon water and green tea throughout the day. I do have an occasional piece of dark chocolate, but for the most part try to have a low-sugar and low-carb diet. I've also gone back to drinking my detox water (find that recipe here in my Health Living post).
This is what has worked well, and continues to work well for me! I'm also super-pumped about my half marathon training and have not missed a run yet, have been seeing decrease in my average mph and increases in my endurance! I'm proud of how far I've come in the past few years on my journey, and proud to be able to share it with you all!
What are some of your nutritional goals? I would love to hear what you are doing and how it's working for you!
© Cruzin' Thru | 2015
DISLCAIMER: Any posts related to health and fitness are simply commentary and ideas. I am not a doctor or expert. What I've posted here are things that I've found to work for me. However, I will always urge you to consult your medical professional before starting or changing any exercise or diet routine.