When people ask if I’ve run a marathon, I always say yes.
So when I received this little reminder in the mail the other day, I decided that it’s time that I actually talk about it.
I know I’ve told you before, but my race was crappy – literally.
I made a lot of mistakes with my nutrition in the weeks leading up to it, and also the night before.
I’m convinced that I’m not Celiac but I do have some sort of insensitivity that seems to come and go. I also have a lot of issues with a LONG LIST of foods that give me migraines but choose to ignore a few of them when I feel like it.
The thing is, I’m good for the most part in avoiding my migraine triggers, I have been since I was 12, but for some strange reason I just can’t cut gluten completely out of my life. Cookies and cakes are just far too delicious.
So most of the time, I suffer silently. My stomach gets very angry with me but I try not to let anyone know.
But when I chose to eat cookies and pasta in the 24 hours leading up to the marathon, my stomach decided to stick it to me during my race.
So after several portapotty breaks and me feeling defeated from 33-39k, I eventually finish my marathon, upright but not so much on the smiley side and in the time seen in black and white on the card above.
It’s not a time of which I am proud. I KNOW I can run faster, have fewer complications and be grinning from ear-to-ear at the finish line if I finally cut these things out. But can I?
I’m going to have to because in May 2012, I’ll be running that marathon again.
And I won’t be receiving a card like that in the mail ever again.
Do you have foods that you have to avoid in order to stay healthy?
How do you say no?