Health update

I thought it was time for a little health update. It’s been about three months now since my food sensitivities and Candida overgrowth diagnosis, and I am feeling better than I have in a long time! I have pretty much figured out through trial and error what foods are the biggest culprits to my gastrointestinal distress after going through the list of foods they said my body reacts to (plus others that weren’t tested). So far I’ve found these foods cause the most problems: corn, bananas (😒), garlic, wine (mostly sweet ones), kombucha (😭), and cashews. I am sad I had to put kombucha back on the list! And I’ll probably never get over the fact that bananas make me bloat up like a balloon. Fingers crossed that side affect goes away eventually…I was eating them 2-3x a day haha!

I have plans to have some corn shell tacos as my post race meal after the Nashville half, and I’m already excited about it! πŸ˜‚ haha No clue how I’ll feel since I’ve done pretty good avoiding it the past few months. But I have high hopes I’ll be fine and I just needed a break from those foods. If not, I’ll just know what to expect if I have them and continue to do my best to avoid them.

If you’re having GI issues, I’d highly recommend seeing a Naturopathic doctor (if your regular primary care physician can’t do the testing) and getting food sensitivities and Candida tested. Remember, food allergies and food sensitivities are quite different. It wasn’t cheap for the tests, but for what I learned and how I feel now it was well worth the money.

Week in Review: Feb 26-March 4

We’re getting close to spring break and all the fun races! I’m changing up my race calendar though. I’ll have a post up tonight about the BIG changes in my fitness routine that are coming as soon as I cross the finish line at the Nashville half!

But for now, here’s a peak at what I did this past week:

Sunday – Rest day.

Monday – 7 miles total this morning. The plan called for 2x (6×400) w/ 90 sec RI and 2.5 min recovery between sets. Ended at 6.82 and decided to continue easy to 7. Beautiful sunny morning enjoying the view! The first set was more accurate as far as splits were concerned (goal was 8:14 pace or 2:03 time). Definitely feeling it by the time the second set came around.

Tuesday – Biked 50 minutes (10 minutes easy, 20 tempo, 5 easy, 10 temp, 5 easy). Instead of walking on the treadmill, I went downtown and walked 3 miles. Did 3 x 1 minute planks.

Wednesday – Rainy and foggy day called for 8 miles on the treadmill (Plan: 1 easy, 6 at 9:38 LT, 1 easy). Since there wasn’t a 9:38 option on the treadmill, I ran the first 4 of the LT section at 9:40, and the last 2 at 9:31 to average out to 9:37 pace.Β 

Thursday – Rest day. I reintroduced cashews into my diet and had a bad reaction. Felt like I had zero energy along with the GI issues 😡. Those are staying on the avoid list!

Friday – Ran 12 miles at 9:51 pace. 10 miles were hills (5 up, 5 down) and 2 flat at the end. 600ft total gain.

I went into this run with a few strikes against me: little to no sleep Thursday, I didn’t get enough water Thursday, and the obvious…8 degree real feel temps are not easy to move in. It was so cold I couldn’t feel my face or behind the entire run πŸ˜‚. But, the sun at least made it pretty outside and I’m pleased with how this run went.

Saturday – Biked 40 minutes (20 easy, 10 tempo, 10 easy). Walked 3 miles on the treadmill. No picture from workout today, but we took our daughter to Disney on Ice this afternoon. Here’s a pic from that 😊.

Seeing the Disney on Ice show got me Β excited to go back in a few years! We are already planning a trip back for when Toy Story Land opens πŸ˜ƒ…and more importantly meeting my Insta-running bff! Have you been to Disney World? What’s your favorite park and attraction?