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.
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?