I decided to eat Whole30-ish again, for the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. By Whole30-ish, I mean I allowed myself to have dairy, so it wasn't really Whole30. I ended up losing about 5lbs in the two weeks and was able to maintain the loss over the holiday, even though I ate everything I shouldn't. I was disappointed that my eczema didn't get any better though. I had previously thought that gluten was the culprit, maybe it just takes a longer period of not eating it for the eczema to improve, or maybe dairy is actually the problem. Whatever the case, being on a strict diet again did make me realize how much better I feel, stomach wise, when I eat this way. As soon as I started eating "normal" food again, I had terrible indigestion/heart burn, and the next day was greeted with a very upset stomach.
What else happened in November? Did this way of eating cause memory loss, or was the month just fairly uneventful up until Thanksgiving? Speaking of memory loss, I read the book Trust No One for November book club, which is about a crime writer who gets Alzheimer's and doesn't know if the crimes he wrote are truth or fiction. It was decent, not great, but not bad, not sure if I'll write a review. I have so many other posts to write right now. Write right now.
The month in running: I had some discouraging runs for a while, but the last week or so something seemed to click and I saw some definite improvement over what I had been experiencing lately. Oh, and I think I finally figured out this whole heart rate thing. I also found a new favorite running accessory, and started on a new challenge.
|Isn't this a cute logo?|
On Thanksgiving day, I did my first race in a while, at the Mexico Beach Community Garden Turkey Trot 5k. I finished with a decent time and also had an encouraging long run the Sunday after. I'm going to write a review of that Turkey Trot either today or tomorrow. It was, um, interesting.
I also started on this kick of reading books about ultra running. I read Finding Ultra over the holiday and started on Relentless Forward Progress. Then I went and got Eat & Run from the library. I've always had the idea of doing and ultra in the back of my mind as a "someday" type thing. Reading about it makes me wish someday would be a lot sooner.
Let's see, what does December have in store? Well, there's Christmas of course. Does that mean new running shoes? Well, if I'm going to train for a marathon there has to be new running shoes.
This weekend I have a 10 mile race, which I'm not really racing, it just happens to fit perfectly into my current training plan. I would like to beat my time from last year though and I know I'm capable of it. Last year, the 10 Mile Challenge was a training run leading up to my first half marathon, and was my first time running 9 miles. As soon as I hit 9 I walked off and on. Now, with more experience under my belt, I no longer feel like I have to run the whole thing for it to count. I can take walk breaks and still feel good about a run.
What else is December? Husband is in the church Christmas play this weekend. This is a full blown play, not just a skit that was thrown together. Will starts soccer this month and I'm super glad for him to stop asking when he's going to start soccer. Hashtag momlife, am I right?
I love running with Christmas music and all the lights.
How was your November? Anything you're looking forward to in December?