Saturday, July 27, 2013

The post about a sore throat and being consumed

The past couple of days have been pretty dull.  The problem is that since I'm off on vacation, I end up wasting the morning away while I procrastinate getting out the door to complete my run.  Since I don't have to wake at 5:30 am to run right now, I feel like my body is lazier than usual.  Or maybe I'm just catching up on some much needed sleep.  Either way, my run day mornings are shot.  I'm leaving the house around 9:30 to run, which pretty much makes the morning a complete write off. By the time I'm showered and dressed it's noon. Then we have to figure out something inexpensive to do to keep a five-year-old entertained.

Finn howling for his ball.

Yesterday afternoon we went to the beach.  It was a pretty nice day, but a bit on the cooler side. Perfect beach day because it was pretty empty.  This is a good thing because we brought Finn so he could go for a swim.  He loves to have the ball thrown in the water and he'll go get it as many times as you throw it for him. This ball session lasted 1.5 hours because Julien was getting cold so we had to head home.  It was all good though.  We got out of the house for a couple of hours, Finn got exercised, and it was free!

Painted my toes for the occasion.

Last night I got to go out with my running gal Dawn for a few hours for a much needed "catch up". I haven't seen many of my running pack at all lately.  We're all training for different things and are on different schedules.  I don't frequent the Running Room when I'm not teaching or taking a clinic. Although I'm training right now, I'm doing it solo.  In the summer months I prefer to run in the morning.  If I was taking a clinic, I'd be running two evenings a week and the heat and I don't get along very well.  This week has been pretty awesome for running.  I have been having a pretty good running week with the weather and my feet feeling pretty decent (read: no cramping toes). Tomorrow is my 16K long run.  We'll see how my toes hold up for that.

Although the weather and my feet have been cooperating, I have been struggling with a sore throat. I've had it for about a week now.  It's not gotten to the point of me needing something for it, but it's just there and it's annoying.  It's not pleasant to run with either because I breathe through my mouth when I run which makes my throat super dry.  I only have a 2 bottle fuel belt and have needed both bottles of water to complete a 6K run this week because my throat gets so dry.  I never drink that much water during shorter runs.  What am I going to do tomorrow?  Suck it up, that's what.

After my 6k steady today.

Today has been a hard day eating wise for me.  I haven't eaten off plan, but thoughts of binging have been consuming me.  And I don't even know what I want to binge on.  It's not like I want the chips or Cheetos in my freezer, or the 4 loaves of banana bread that Julien and I made this week.  I did eye the block of mozzarella cheese in my dairy drawer when I was making Julien's lunch earlier.  I haven't had that type of dairy in a long time.  I've only had cream in my coffee.  The only thing keeping me from eating the cheese right now is the thought of it upsetting my stomach and making me have a shitty run tomorrow morning.  So after I hit publish, I'm immediately going to bed.  I can't afford to have a bad long run.  Thank goodness I have a good deterrent not to eat the cheese.  It's been a while since I've battled with binge thoughts this strong.  Although the thought crosses my mind at least once a day, I can easily refocus myself.  Today has definitely been a bigger struggle.  Thank goodness tomorrow is a new day.  I just need to get today done and all will be right again.  It always is.

Someone lost a tooth today.  He's got the cutest lisp!

My eats from today.  Add iceberg lettuce and tomato to the
snacks.  I just ate that while I was typing this.


  1. Leigh - thoughts of binging are (in my opinion) bought on by a need for nutrition or more variety. Your brain doesn't specify what it needs, it just says eat food! I know you are eating good food but perhaps allow yourself a primal/paleo treat? Satisfy whatever you are craving with something you are allowed. You are running a lot and burning more calories.

    I know you are scared that you will gain weight but having bad binge thoughts could be more dangerous than making a primal dessert or pizza or whatever. I make sure I satisfy all of my cravings using primal foods and I think this has helped me a lot. Just my thoughts, I might be entirely wrong :)

  2. A change in routine can be a trigger for bingeing. Could that be the situation?

  3. Well done for pushing past that binge desire. Good luck with your run! Hope your sore throat doesn't interfere to much!

  4. Gargle with warm salt water for the throat. I am not going to encourage you to eat anything because we each know our limits. Some variety might help within your plan - maybe try some new recipes? Julien would probably love to help with the shopping and preparation. Hit a thrift shop and get something for yourself!

  5. Hi Leigh, you have been so hard core for so long with no cheat days, and such a structured life with your running schedule and so my opinion...instead of binging...schedule an "off" meal. Don't call it binging. That word is associated to me, with end of the world, I have to eat it all now mindset. Instead, schedule yourself an "off" meal with a time limit. You start eating your verboten food or foods at lunch or dinner, and you stop eating say...25 minutes later. Chew and enjoy the food. Select 3 of your favorites.

    Even Cavemen found the occasional bee's hive and helped themselves to fresh honey once in awhile. So live a little and then go back to Paleo. It might help your feet;)

  6. Good luck with your long run. Hope your feet and your throat cooperate.

  7. I hope your Sunday is going well! What is your favorite thing to eat now that your eating this way? Have that for dinner! :) Since I have been trying to be good from the start of the year one of the things I did that helped was eating my favorite meal at least twice a month. (teriyaki salmon) I also made sure to eat whatever veggies I wanted as well when I wanted them. (The naughtier ones like butter sauteed zuch) That helped me be so good for the first 90ish days. I have been slacking off a lot since June but slowly starting back up.

  8. I hope your 16K today went great!! The weather sure is perfect that is for sure. Julien looks very cute with his missing tooth!

  9. its amazing how you can keep your binge thoughts from actually interfering with your eating plan, some days are definitely harder than others.