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Running..while changing your diet

Dealing with the effects of gluten for so many weeks certainly took a toll on running. If I couldn’t have normal life without any kind of exercise, I knew from experience that running a lot of miles wasn’t going to help the problem. I’m way behind in my marathon training. I love the Jude so much, I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve been slowly getting back into adding in the miles. My body as adapted slowly but I’m still not back to my pre-gluten fitness. I’m just happy to run again, to be perfectly honest. I don’t  want to get to the point that I can’t run, and that was just a few weeks ago. So I can’t go all out with gut wrenching long distances just yet. I got in a 9 miler last week. I’ve got a color run 5K and then hopefully a longer 13 on Sunday. We shall see how my intestines react. I will run these at the trail so things might get dicey. But hey, no guts, no glory. Or something like that.

But how is running without the grains?

I feel lighter. I know it’s partly because I’ve dropped weight. But I think it’s more than that. I feel like my body is not as inflamed and everything is a little easier. Breathing. I’m sweating better as in actually sweating steadily and not hit or miss. I’m still dehydrated because I can’t put down the salt shaker or the stupid 3pm REAL COKE that I feel I’m entitled to because there are so many things I can’t eat….never mind that I don’t miss those things. Since when did I bring a cupcake to school every day? Never. So why do I feel I “deserve” a coke? That’s a whole new psychosis and blog post. Anyway. Running is better. I’m better. 🙂

I still feel that I look like this.

St. Jude marathon year 2 is around the corner. I’ve got some catching up to do. One thing is for sure. This year, I’ll be much lighter and healthier than last year. I can’t ask for more than that.