Paprika’s Training Log 7/23

Paprika

Crista has written 23 posts on Salty Running.

I'm currently a graduate student in Clinical Psychology (trying to earn that Ph.D!), freelance creative writer, aspiring ultrarunner, part-time Vegan (and part-time In & Out and Sushi lover), acoustic guitar player and crafter of cute things (like crocheted owls). I like to tackle life head on. I like to learn. And I'm not afraid to make mistakes.

 

Heat and elevation training– Oh my!

This month my running schedule has been, quite frankly, all over the place. My body has been fighting me almost every inch of the way. Looking back, I recognize that the majority of the runs I skipped were because I felt awful. Not because I was lazy, but because I knew it would be miserable if I tried.

So what was I doing differently? I was trying a new diet. Being lactose-intolerant and being an avid gluten-avoider, I decided to try out a vegan diet for 30 days. I read Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run: My Unlikly Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, in which he describes an almost magical transition from eating animal products to becoming vegan. He made it sound like anyone who went vegan would be bursting with energy and feel light as a feather.

The opposite happened to me: I was stuffing myself 24/7 because I never felt full, was on fructose overload almost everyday, and wasn’t taking in enough protein. Being a vegan takes a special kind of precision– it’s incredibly easy to get lazy and then send your body into a funk. I gained about five pounds over the month time (contrary to what everyone expected, the fat did not “melt off my body”).

This upcoming month, I’m going to take on a more “hunter-gatherer” approach to my eating. I’m crossing my fingers. I really can’t stand to not ramp up my running anymore!

Monday- Recovery from my back-to-back the previous weekend.

Tuesday- Two easy miles on the beach path.

Wednesday- Off

Thursday- Off

Friday- Six Miles on the beach path. Was very sluggish and felt blah.

Saturday- Six and a half BRUTAL miles in the hills. It was hot. My body ached, and I generally wanted to curl up into a ball on the side of the trail and have a pity party.

Sunday- Training at my new job from 9-1:30 pm (I’m a morning runner) so I missed out on today, too.

 

Have any of you ever experimented with a new diet and had it negatively impact your running routine?

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  1. Candy says:

    Scott’s story is amazing (reading it myself right now) and I was wondering about his vegan diet. It’s amazing how different we all are. My cousin dropped 80 pounds and she swears all she gave up was wheat! Hope this week goes better for you.

  2. Michael says:

    I can certainly sympathize with your experience. I was a vegan for a couple of years, and it is not something to take lightly, nor is it easy to do right. Personally, I just grew really tired of trying to keep my diet balanced while avoiding meat and meat by-products…it just wasn’t worth it. I’m glad it worked for Scott, but as far as I’m concerned, not having to worry about avoiding meat is not only easier, but eating a balanced diet including ALL the foods we have at our disposal is easier to balance and I’ve failed to notice negative repercussions from that.

    • Paprika says:

      I became exhausted with checking ingredients after two weeks! Eating out was almost impossible. There were times when I felt like I was eating unhealthy because of limiting myself. When I was eating dinner at Disneyland, the only option I had was french fries or a salad without dressing. I ended up eating french fries, when their chicken noodle soup would most surely have been a better option. Being a busy student, working full time, and trying to squeeze in my miles, the effort needed to maintain a healthy vegan diet was just too much for me.

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