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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Stone Cat aka Turnip comes home aka Crystal's PR aka Tugger reunion aka skinny fat

So Stone Cat...Kev came form Utah and we were supposed to run the 50 miles together...but I had a cyst burst which blindsided me and made my body less than ideal for running a 50...so long story short I planned to show up and pace Kev for a loop or two...when I headed out from the start finish I planned to run the course backwards to meet up with Kev as he finished his 3rd of 4 loops...as i was running I saw Crystal and Michael St. Hilaire up ahead...I called out to them and Mike said "she needs you" and I knew that I would pace Crystal and Kev would be totally cool with that.  Crystal was walking and was quiet she had fallen and hurt herself...I sent Mike out backwards to try to catch up with Kev and pace him...Crystal and I made a plan...I asked her if she wanted the 50..she would need to finish the 3rd loop in 9 hours for them to let her back out for the fourth loop.  She said yep I want it...so I told her we need to move fast...we are under the gun...I said we will run all flats, all downhills, and all small hills...she said ok like a trooper and we were off...
head down mind focused Crystal banged out the fastest loop of the day and although she missed the cutoff by only 8 minutes she set her pr for that distance by 1/5 hours!!!


I LOVED every minute pacing her...and I realized something...I get far more joy from pacing at races then running them for my own finish...In terms of most races I don't care anymore about the finish..I only care about the time spent between the start and whatever finish I decide for that day....not only did I get to pace Crystal but I got a Tugger reunion too!!! Bill wasn't there, Julie was preparing for a visit to the hospital, and Rob was on the course but I missed him...but Dan, Steve, Kev, and Em were all there : )
I have been concerned as of late with my weight loss and loss of muscle tone...i am not one who takes "selfies" but this one I wanted to share...In it I am 106 and most of my serious muscle tone when training for DR's has been lost...I am very weak in certain ways..I basically am skinny-fat...like the women in Shape magazine who are 20 and long and lean but have zero strength...I DO NOT like being skinny fat...my clothes hang on me and I do not feel strong...but instead weak...the funny thing is I am 106 because my appetite is regulated now and I eat normal amounts of food and I do not binge it or starve myself....

A typical meal is as follows:

Breakfast
5 am 2 rice cakes with almond butter to take my pills and not get a sick stomach
8-10 am I drink a smoothie with 1/12 cups vanilla almond milk 1 cup chocolate coconut water 1 scoop vegan protein powder, 1 tablespoon each of chia, flax and hemp seeds, 1 cup blueberries and 1 tablespoon of almond butter

Snack
10:30 mackintosh apple

Lunch
12:00 whole wheat sandwich round with 1/4 avocado, 1/4 black bean hummus, tomato and 2 slices of organic turkey breast

Snack
tall skinny vanilla latte
1 protein plus kind bar

Before Bikram or gym
4 - 4:30 pm 2 rice cakes with hummus or sunflower seed butter and organic jelly

Dinner
organic chicken sausage stuffed acorn squash
or bison steak with steamed broccoli and spaghetti squash
or grilled chicken with asparagus and roasted eggplant
with 8 oz of Pinto Gris or Pinot Noir

Snack
7:00 pm sometimes I will eat a jello or a pudding cup if I feel like something sweet but usually no food after dinner

I only drink water and lemon seltzer water throughout the day

This is what I think is a good well rounded eating plan for me....but I guess I need to be eating more...
Doc and I joined cross fit this past weekend and we plan to go M,W and I am seriously into Bikram doing it T,TH, when I don't have a race... we will add a cross fit class on a weekend morning as well as Bikram on the other afternoon at  4....we also work out in our home gym on the weekends and early mornings when I can drag my lazy tush out of bed...when winter comes full throttle I will be doing my treadmill incline runs pretty much every day for 2 hours before Bikram or cross fit...and there will be a point where I will drop a Bikram and a cross fit to do long runs or treadmill work or snowshoe hill repeats to get ready for the 100 and the 500...

I guess I have never been at a point where my eating is "normal" and its funny because I stay at 106 even when Doc takes me out on a Friday night for frozen yogurt with all the toppings and chicken wings!!!
I can't say that I have it all dialed in because for so long my eating has been disordered and I have thought my body was always fat...now I look at my body and i see it too skinny and my face too drawn....I guess it is a good thing...but I have had to reteach myself all about nutrition...and I am still a work in progress...

Still I am pleased with the changes that are taken place inside my heart, and in my head...balance it is a constant quest...