Sunday, July 19, 2009

50-miles and No-Sugar-Challenge

Well, I've signed myself up for the "50 miles in 30 days" challenge on It's not that far out of reach. Right now, I'm doing about 40 miles/month, so I just need to add another run in each week, and I should be good. Tonight I ran almost 3 miles, and I felt NO pain in my knee! I have noticed that when I run in the evening, my knee pain is often unnoticeable. I guess it's b/c I'm actually "warmed up." Even though I try to warm up a bit in the morning before I run, it just doesn't seem to work as well. So, I think I'll try to throw in Sunday evening runs if it's ok with Chris.

I'm out of control with my sugar intake. I don't know what happened to me this past month, but having Chris and the kids home has influenced me in bad ways. I seriously eat WAY too many desserts...bake stuff and then of course have to eat ice cream almost every day--I mean, the weather is 100+ degrees...what do you expect?? I have to reign this in or I'm gonna balloon out and lose whatever toning I may be getting back from running. So, a 30-day sugar-free challenge for me it is. I want to see if I notice a dramatic improvement in my energy levels. I've also been getting these *horrible* headaches that only last about 10 minutes, but when it comes on, everything I see seems way to bright and hurts my eyes, and I feel like I'm going to throw up. Even the kids talking normally makes my head feel like it's going to explode. It's very strange. So, until August 19th:

1. No desserts of any kind.

2. No added sugar drinks (which I don't drink anyway...except when I drink Iced Tea, and I add sugar...guess I'll try it unsweetened.)

3. Minimal refined carbs (white bread, white rice etc)

4. No sugar substitutes either

I'm putting it here so hopefully I'll stay accountable. I don't intend on staying sugar free forever, I just want to see if this makes a difference in how I feel.


Robin said...

So glad to hear that your knee is doing well and you are back at the running!! Good luck on your latest challenge :)