Primal Journal Huarache Gal
Background: 49 years old, married, two grown kids, plus one beautiful granddaughter and one very spoiled dog who is my running partner.
I probably should have started this when I started on PB, which is Feb. 10, this year. I had been slowly transitioning to PB subconsciously and unintentionally, just by eating better. My eating was mostly good according to SAD standards, but I knew I could do better. Started by eating more fruits and vegetables, and gradually cutting back on grains. I'm not overweight but wanted to eat better. Went full on PB on Feb.10, 2013.
I've been a runner for about eight years now. I've done quite a few half-marathons and shorter distance races. I should probably mention that I participate, not race. I never have been and never will be fast. That's okay, I just like getting out there, and my four-legged running buddy loves it too!
Two days after I started eating Primal, Feb. 12, I get a phone call my dad was in a near-fatal car wreck in AZ. So I bugged out the next morning, figuring I'd do what I could while I was gone, and not expecting to do very well. I was surprised that I did very well for the whole six weeks I was gone. Probably the worst thing I ate was a Subway salad. I was fortunate that the hospital had a great salad bar with all kinds of good stuff. I realize the contents were processed, but you do what you can when your dad is in ICU. For fitness, I managed three 3-mile runs a week, plus some core work and upper body. That and walking around the hospital and up and down stairs when I needed a break. So I wasn't totally out of shape when I got back, but wasn't exactly "in shape".
BTW - dad is doing very well. His recovery is slow, but he's getting there.
Got back to have one of my running buddies talk me into doing a half marathon on June 1. I hadn't planned on any longer distance races, but I couldn't resist.
So I'm ramping up my running (14 miles last week with a 5 mile long run). We'll see how it goes. I've had some achilles tendonitis and posterior tibial tendonitis issues in the past. But I think its getting better. Could it be because of the fat I eat now, versus the SAD low fat? I think so.
I'm back to lifting weights 2x a week and have added planks and pushups. I need to see about working on pull ups or the precursor to pullups.
I know PB is against Chronic Cardio, but I'm a runner and don't think I'll be able to give it up completely. I'm all for backing off the miles after my race and upping the weights.
I've lost about three or four pounds in the 60 days I've been primal. The best part is that I'm getting leaner. I feel great and have had a lot of people remark I look thinner.
I love the way I feel, and that I'm not a slave to food anymore, having to eat every couple of hours. It will be very interestiing to see the results of my next cholesterol test. I'll get my blood drawn in the next couple of days. My mom was very concerned with my cholesterol with my eating, on average, 3 eggs a day.
So that's my story in a nutshell. I don't know what to expect in being Primal and training for a half marathon. In my other HMs, I used Honey Stinger Chews for fuel/energy. I'm not sure what I'll do now and if I'll need anything during a race or long run.
Breakfast: Black coffee plus 3 hard boiled eggs and sardines in olive oil