With my training plan I had a 22 mile run to do this weekend. It happened earlier today. I did some major carbo loading all day yesterday with an entire roasted kabocha squash, some more plantain bread and cassava “fries”. Yep, all those in one day. Nothing new. Ha ha.
I’ll just show you just a few photos.
I’m on this cabbage wrap kick lately. Yesterday I wrapped tuna mixed with sriracha and Trader Joe’s South African Smoke seasoning.
Had to have some of that plantain bread and no grain STUFT seedy bread with avocado mixed with Slap Ya Mama seasoning since I’m also on an avocado kick lately.
Dinner was a huge chicken salad with
roasted burnt asparagus and cassava “fries”.
They were just as good as I remembered. I will also be making them tonight.
This morning I headed out for my run with a plantain STUFT egg-rito to eat on the road.
Plantain STUFT-rito: I cooked a plantain on the stove in coconut oil. Then added egg whites, pink sea salt and cinnamon.
I had my usual little guardian saying good bye and reminding me to be safe.
Hey, he even had his hot cocoa in hand. Pretty funny.
I decided to go back to the same place Coach Jason and I ran last week.
I was by myself today, but decided to just explore and try a new route as a little extra motivation.
I listened to random music this time as I think Jillian podcasts slow me down a bit. Ha.
The first mile of a long run is always tough. You’re trying to find your pace, figuring out how you feel, realizing you’re going to be running for a good amount of time, etc.
I usually go slow by myself and don’t pay any attention to time. Last week Coach Jason was asking me why and I didn’t really have a good answer. It’s not that hard to pick up the pace a bit. So I did a little today. Nothing too fast, still an easy pace, but it felt good to actually keep a pace rather than just trot along and find things to stop and take pictures of. Ha.
I did stop here because there were seals and it was beautiful. I had to.
Oh and here at La Jolla Cove because people were just walking out and snorkeling. How freaking cool, right?
I felt pretty good until about mile 15. Then I got really tired. I did however keep reminding myself that I was one lucky duck to be able to go out by myself all morning while my amazing husband watches the boys. And how lucky I am to go on a beautiful pain free run. I mean really, who do I think I am?
I really wanted to stop at about mile 18, but just focused on keeping my legs moving.
And, well, finally I hit that 22 mark and it felt so darn good.
My pace was pretty all over the place. Keeping a steady pace is definitely something that I need to work on, but when I plugged it into my plan right now my average was an 8:54/mile. That includes my stops.
This was my longest run in 6 months. Longest run since my injury. I’m one lucky lady.
Finishing always feels so amazing.
You know? You set out to do something. You felt like quitting. It’s not easy. But, then it’s over.
And you think, well, it wasn’t THAT hard.
So, yeah, I had a lot of time to think about that on my run.
I can’t really take credit for the statement “it’s not THAT hard”. It’s from the book It Starts With Food. I’m not sure of the exact wording at the moment as I can’t find it in the book. but something having to do with making the little life change, giving something up or making a smart choice now because in the whole big picture “it’s not THAT hard”.
They give an example that fighting cancer is hard. Dealing with death and sick loved ones is hard. And well, a lot of things happen in life that you don’t have control over and they’re hard. I’m just going to thrown one more in the mix- being a good parent is hard. Right?
making changes and life choices to be healthier, or taking small steps to become a better person, or pushing yourself just a little bit harder,
well, those things are not THAT hard.
My sister-in-law and I were having this discussion when we were doing the Whole 30 (STUFT Detox) together. We were complaining about not having sweetener in our coffee and missing toast in the morning. Then we laughed and reminded each other that little things like that are not THAT hard.
Especially when those little things lead to big changes.
A little perspective, yes?
I took the same approach yesterday with my run. I figured I could pick up the pace a bit so I would have more time to get things done while the boys were in school.
Well, I did, and it wasn’t that hard. Sure, it was a little uncomfortable, but it really wasn’t THAT hard.
We also talked about it at the gym last night after my HIIT class. That class is never easy. Burpees are never easy, but when that 50 minutes is up and we’ve all worked up a good sweat and our legs are a little shaky, we sit and down and are proud of making it through and think that it wasn’t that hard.
It’s not just working out. It’s life changes too.
Behaviors are hard to change. Bad behaviors are really hard to change (I’m working on a few myself), but if you take them one step at a time and put them in perspective they’re not that hard.
If I’m being honest, I have tried a bazillion times to beat myself up. Not intentionally of course, just like self sabotage. You know, to be mean to my body so if I fail at something I have a reason for failing. That kind of fun stuff.
Seriously though, like I have tried a bazillion times to knock this body down, but it just won’t back down.
Either will the Man above. He won’t let me.
I mean I’ve don it all in the past- over trained, binged, not slept enough, ate all the wrong foods, heck, I even currently have darn hip dysplasia for goodness sake, but I have graciously been given the chance again and again to make the right choices. The chance to figure out that it’s not THAT hard to make life changes to be a better, healthier you. Both inside and out.
So, if there’s something you really want. Something you KNOW you need to do, but keep putting it off because it might not be the easiest thing, NOW is your chance to do it. Yes?
Either for yourself or to be a better person for those around you.
And when it gets a little difficult and you want to give up, remind yourself….
it’s not THAT hard.
Side note- I’m giving myself a little pep talk here too friends. He he.
Speaking of things that ARE hard though, have you been following the Valerie Harper story?
She was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January and was given three months to live. Well, she’s a fighter and is still going strong and is even doing Dancing With the Stars. Talk about inspiring. Talk about not giving up.
Whelp. That’s it.
Time to go.
Didn’t mean to get so deep on a Friday, but sometimes I just can’t help it.
Have a WONDERFUL weekend!
Is there something you really want to change, but you’ve been holding yourself back?