Thursday, April 25, 2013

The post where I don't have too much to say...

The last two days have been pretty dull. Other than my two clinic runs (which I enjoyed immensely), life has been pretty mundane.  I was at a symposium for work the past two days, and even though it was nice to get out of the office and away from clients for a bit, I'm glad to be back to "normal" tomorrow.  I have three appointments tomorrow that all have to do with running maintenance.  I have a sports massage first thing in the morning, then right after that, I'm off to get fitted for my orthotics, then it's off to the office for a half day before I head back home for my physio appointment in the evening. I'm actually glad tomorrow's a rest day. I haven't had one of those since last Friday.

The cost for the symposium included breakfast and lunch both days.  I made sure I was prepared from the get go.  I ate breakfast before I got there which was a real good idea.  I assumed they would at least have some fruit for breakfast, but it was all pastries.  Three long tables full of pastries.  And barrels full of juice.  Nothing I could eat.  But it was all good.  I wasn't hungry because I ate prior to my arrival.  I had no idea what the meals would be.  They asked if there were any dietary restrictions and I said I was dairy, grain and sugar free.  Me and about 50 other people got nutritional accommodations.  They made us dairy and gluten free meat and veggies and salad.

There were three of these tables set up.   Two years ago I
would have eaten a few of these with a few juices!  And I
would have gone through the Tim Horton's drive through
for a breakfast sandwich prior to my arrival!

It was Mexican the first day and we got chicken strips with peppers, salad and fruit.  Everyone else got fajitas and lots of creamy salads and rice, peas, corn, tortilla chips and all the toppings.  One of my co-workers kept apologizing to me, which I didn't get.  For some reason, she thought I was upset because I couldn't eat what they were eating.  I told her I could eat what they were eating.  I can actually eat whatever I want.  I just choose not to.  It wasn't part of my clean eating plan, and I knew just by looking at the food, that it would upset my stomach terribly.  So not worth it!  People think that I'm denying myself food I really want.  I honestly didn't want that food.  I brought a Paleo lunch just in case there was nothing for me to eat.  I ate my lunch after my clinic run for dinner.

Yesterday's lunch.  I took the wrong salad, but dutifully picked
out the feta cheese...

Today I got salad, roast beef, chicken and grilled veggies.  All gluten and dairy free again.  Not too shabby since I ate my fill and was quite satisfied.  I still brought a lunch (just in case) and ate it before my clinic tonight since my clinic started at 7:15 pm.  I must have drank an ocean of water over the past couple of days.   I spent a lot of time in the bathroom.  I honestly don't think I can drink too much water.  I sweat it all out when I run.  And I run a lot!  This week will have me clocking 50K by the time everything is said and done.

My clinic is going well.  The last couple of runs have been rainy, so attendance hasn't been too great.  Looks like we'll  have to give the old "We are runners. And runners run in all kinds of weather" speech.  If I haven't mentioned it before, which I know I have, I run with a great group of people!  They are at different paces, but Monica and I are committed to helping one and all reach their running goals.  Who knows, maybe some will be in my next half marathon/marathon clinic at the end of June.  It may sound like a lofty goal now, but you can never aim too high!


  1. It makes me laugh when people think we are missing out on good food!! Really, really, I don't want that crap. It's taken me years to feel this good and they can eat that food but I'm very happy to miss out.

    On the cruise we went on last year there was so much amazing food that we could choose from, people didn't even notice we were eating differently. It was mainly at dessert time they noticed. I personally don't stress if there is a little wheat (like in a sauce) and I still eat dairy. It does frustrate me though when there is no choice at all - like all of those pastries at your breakfast!!

    You must be feeling amazing and I know that feeling is better than the taste of the food you used to eat.

  2. Great post about healthy choices. I really must get my reading glasses adjusted. Before I read the fine print on the photo of the pastries I thought I was looking at stacks of rotisserie chicken (instead of croissants). I didn't know what the dark jelly pastry was. Some sort of one eyed creature or something. You also reminded me to drink/empty water from my 101 ounce jug everyday - thanks!

  3. I'm so inspired by your running, I will be a runner one day soon x

  4. I always find it so helpful to see posts on eating out and the different options available. Boy, I wish you were teaching at the Running Room I went to last year for my clinic. I must have just had a bad class.

  5. Definitely agree about people apologising for you making a healthy choice. I sometimes think people aren't doing it for making us miss out more because they are saying sorry to themselves for the choice they made.

  6. It cracks me up when people think we are missing out on food...just way too much importance placed on food.

  7. Food seems to take over a lot of things! It's inspiring how controlled your choices are! Good job on your running as always!

  8. I was really surprised at pastries and donuts being eaten for breakfast when I visited the States. Good on you for being so organised! I could foresee this going so horribly wrong if you hadn't brought your own food. And good points about the 'not wanting to eat that food' Totally agree!