And yes, this is not optional :) My training has me running Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. My Chiropractor however wants me to cut out Wednesday running for a few weeks. All because of those little stubs called knees. I saw my Chiro again on Tuesday and he said that my shoes are still in great shape (a little let down cause what runner doesn't always want new shoes??? hahaha) but that I need to give a little more rest for my knees. Like I think I have said before, it is not the distances or the road that are making my knees hurt, but the consistency of my runs. I never before have ran days in a row, and now I am running 2 or 3 days in row, twice a week. So for the next few weeks I will rest on Wednesdays. sigh. Learning to rest is hard, its hard not to feel the guilty stare my shoes are giving me.
But I remind myself of my promise that this remain fun. That I still laugh at huge hills, or when my run is more of a plod. That I smile at the end of the run and during my 3km shin splints. I am doing this to finish, I am doing this to prove a crooked spine can run marathons. I am doing this for fun :) A good runner friend ;) emailed me and asked about my calorie intake and weight loss through this training. I was more than happy to respond that I have not weighed myself in 3 years and don't plan on starting now! Haha! I believe it is very very important to live a healthy lifestyle, and the healthy aspect of mine has definitely increased since the training. However I (like every other teenage girl) spent way to much time in high school letting a scale dictate what I ate that day. I won't go back there again.
So do I watch what I eat now, more wholesome and less junk? Yuppers.
Do I eat more veggies now? Sure do.
Do I do something active everyday? Yes sir.
But do I also enjoy some 7-11 candies on a date night? You better believe it!
I have changed the way I run, eat and live for this training, but I will not become so obsessed with it, that I cannot have a day of rest, or a scoop of ice cream in the summer.