Running has not only given me mental stability, it's also helped be an all around healthier person. I used to eat chocolate cake for breakfast, laffy taffy and french fries for lunch, and nachos for dinner (no joke). I was ignorant and not concerned with how my poor eating habits were effecting my body because it wasn't noticeable on my lil Irish girl body frame. It wasn't until I started running that I learned that you really are what you eat. I take lots of vitamins to stay healthy (vitamin d, calcium, fish oil, a multivitamin, and biotin for good hair and nails...again, refer to the title of this blog! haaa), in addition to a pretty healthy diet. "Diet" does not mean depriving yourself of food. In fact, it's the opposite!! I probably eat more than most people, but I eat the right things. I eat lots of whole grains (whole wheat pasta instead of refined, white pasta and brown rice instead of white rice), fresh fruits and veggies, beans, organic condiments like peanut butter and jelly that are made of natural products instead of preservative filled yucky stuff, etc. I eat three big meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a snack in between lunch and dinner. I also stay well hydrated (be careful to not over-hydrate...I'll explain my story with this later on) and well rested (try to get anywhere between 6-8 hours of sleep a night). When I became healthier, my running performance GREATLY improved. If you click through my racing times from 2008-2011, you can see the dramatic improvements.
I'm so grateful that running has come into my life, and am forever indebted to my former coworker that inspired me to run the Cleveland Half Marathon. THANKS, JESS!!!
|Me, my running inspiration Jess, and my lil sis Kristin at the CLE Half Marathon in 2008|
So, my message for today is to open your heart and your mind to inspiration! It's amazing the things you can do with inspiration if you just believe in yourself. The picture on the front of my blog page is me as I'm turning the corner on to Boylston Street, on my way to the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That day will forever be one of the most amazing days of my life...and I earned every second of the experience. It's reflecting on all of the hard work and time I put in to get there that makes me most appreciative. I'm so grateful to have had that awesome opportunity!!
I've got my fingers crossed for some sunshine today...could use a little poolside time!! Tomorrow morning I'll be heading to the beautiful Tow Path for a 90 minute long run. And, again depending on how I feel, I'll be running "A Most Excellent Race" 10K on Sunday in CLE Heights!!
Speaking of inspiration, check this out! http://youtu.be/8SbXgQqbOoU