Apparently I’ve perfected the recipe for exhaustion.
1 part highest mileage week ever with 40 miles! (ok, I hit this number one time before during marathon training)
1 part paleo eating (I’m pretty sure my body is in shock from the lack of sugar)
1 part PMS
Mix all together and what do you have? A really exhausted MCM Mama. Seriously, I actually considered going to the gas station in my pajamas because it was just too much effort to put on clothes…
I’ve been struggling with my running all week. I’m hitting my goal mileage and my speed is not awful, it just seems like I’m working really hard and my body seems to be lacking in energy. I’m sure part of it is the increase in mileage after a recovery week. I remember from marathon training that I always struggle the week after. Not sure why that is. I think I may go the very minimal consistent increase route for the remainder of this training cycle.
On January 1, I started a fairly strict paleo diet. I’ve been reading the Whole60 (review as soon as I can figure out how I feel about it) and felt like they hit the nail on the head with my sugar cravings. I know that if I eat sugar, I CRAVE sugar and will eat ridiculous amounts of the stuff. (I am not willing to publicly admit to the number of Christmas cookies I ate while I was home.) So, I decided to give the paleo lifestyle a try. Despite eating enough sweet potatoes and pumpkin to turn orange, I’m still feeling the typical low energy I feel when I go low carb. If I don’t start bouncing back soon, I’ll have to add in some whole grains. I just can’t risk messing up my training at this point. (And I’ll fess up to a couple of beers and a half of a roll yesterday and more energy on my run today, hmmm.) On the bright side though, I’ve not been having my usual chocolate and sugar cravings that I get each month, so if I can make it through the tired and crabby part, this might be a really good change for me.
Unfortunately, the combined physical and mental fatigue + some minor stress really threw me for a loop and I kind of crawled into my cave. Fingers crossed I’ll start feeling more like myself soon, because pretty much every week from here on out is a “high mileage personal best”. Whoa!
HBBC wrap up
All in all, HBBC was an awesome way for me to keep on track over the holiday. I wasn’t perfect and I wasn’t the highest scorer by a long shot, but it gave me the incentive to eat better and to add some cross training to my running. This year’s addition of a Facebook group was great and added a nice opportunity for accountability. Thanks again, Amanda, for a fun experience.
Total HBBC points = 330.2
HBBC Week 7 – 36.7
Saturday = 6.5 (6.5 mile run)
Friday = 1 (freggies)
Thursday = 10.5 (8.5 mile run + freggies + FB)
Wednesday = 1 (freggies)
Tuesday =9 (8 mile run + freggies)
Monday = 8.7 (6.7 mile run +FB +freggies)
HBBC Week 4 – 54.7
HBBC Week 3 – 51.6
HBBC Week 2 – 46.8
HBBC Week 1 – 50.4
HBBC pre-bonus points – 3