No, not that beautiful sandy stuff near water (although I’ve never actually run on a beach). I hate running while following the South Beach Diet.
I needed to do something to break the sugar and alcohol binge I was on. I’ve done Phase 1 of the SBD a few times in the past and it’s kicked my cravings down to a normal level, so I decided to do it again for three days. It seems to be working. I’m not constantly craving sugar and caffeine all day, which is pretty amazing, considering how little sleep I’ve had lately. It has also jumpstarted the weight loss that needed to happen. That wasn’t the primary goal, but I’ll take it.
Unfortunately, it kills my running. Yesterday I ran 6 miles at about a 9:30 pace. My legs felt like lead the whole time I was running and I was really fighting hard to keep going during the last mile. Today’s 4 mile run felt a bit better, but by mile 2, it felt more like I was at mile 8. It was so beautiful out though (54 degrees!) that I just had to extend my planned 3 miler. Thankfully, I’m done with the strictest part (I never do more than a few days of Phase 1) and I’ll start adding fruit and whole grains over the next few days until I’m eating my normal healthy way within a week or so. I can handle some “crap” each week – a few beers, the occasional granola bar, etc, but when I’m practically mainlining jelly bellies and I’ve started adding sugar to my coffee, I know it’s time to step back.
In a quest to totally not blow my goals for the year in the first month, I need to run tomorrow morning. I already took two days off this week, so I’ll have to hit the treadmill tomorrow morning. I hate getting up early on the weekend, but I’ll be doing it. Why? Because our afternoon will be spent at “MONSTER JAM”. Pictures and stories about that will be posted later for your viewing pleasure. :o)