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My Run Away from Running

I have ran three half marathons, a few 10 and 8km races and every Run for the Cure 5km event since it started. I used to run a lot, but I never considered myself a ‘runner’. Why? Because I didn’t love it. Not one second of it! Ok, maybe there was a few moments that I felt good. But for me the good didn’t outweigh the bad!

Here’s my training experience:
I convinced myself that being a runner was the only way to be super fit. Running a half marathon needed to happen.
On a run day I would spend about ten minutes convincing myself that I need to run.
Warm up and start running.
Feel like crap for the first 20-30 minutes.
Once I made it past that time, I would settle into a pace.
Plead with myself the entire run to finish whatever distance or time I needed to do that day.
After finishing my run I would be happy…mostly because it was over.
After long runs, I usually felt sick to my stomach.
I started getting pain in my left sacroiliac joint, glute and hip area. After a while it got so bad that I would have a hard time sleeping at night. It would throb. I was not happy.
I bought expensive orthotics, which made things worse. I convinced myself my body was just getting used to them and that I needed to keep running.

…keep running.

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Since 2010, I haven’t run more than 5km.

Why does everyone think running is the best way to be in shape and lose weight?
I agree that it burns calories and can make you feel great, but so can a lot of other forms of activity. If you get the ‘runner’s high’ and love to run then I not only admire you but am also quite jealous! I really love watching a person cross a finish line of a race and have that proud and happy look on their face! I loved when my sister would shatter her previous half marathon race time! I just didn’t love running. I don’t regret my running experience. It made me realize what I DON’T like to do and I think that’s huge.

I remember finishing my last half marathon. There was no one there to cheer me on. I didn’t beat my last finishing time by very much. I was no star at running and suddenly realized I never would be and even more refreshing…I didn’t WANT to be!

Why couldn’t I strength train like I love? Why couldn’t I learn something new like kettlebells or short hill sprints? Why was I doing something that I didn’t love and didn’t even really like?

So I stopped…that was it. Running ‘career’ over!

It’s funny that people think running gets you in the best shape. It might for some people, I can’t say for sure. But from my experience, I’m far leaner and stronger now than when I was running. I like my body a lot more now that I have more muscle definition and can do 5 pull-ups (on a good day!) unassisted and deadlift far more than my body weight.

Sometimes I still go for a short run, but it’s to get to a destination. For example, the other day I ran 2km to get to a set of stairs. I then sprinted up the stairs a bunch of times until I couldn’t any more. I then walked home. I find if I try to go for a run now, I end up just going as fast as I can. It’s almost like I just want to sprint and stop, sprint and stop. That makes me  feel good. I don’t have to be a runner to be fit. Neither do you, but you can if you want!

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Love to Run? Do it!
Love to Strength Train? Do it!
Love to practice Yoga? Do it!
Love to hike or walk? Do it Damnit!


Do what you love, not what you think will make you the fittest.

Train Hard

What do YOU eat?

I get asked a lot about what I eat or what my thoughts are about what to eat and when to eat it. Man…there are so much conflicting information out there. I 100% understand how people can get confused. Here are some things I see daily:

  • eat breakfast, don’t eat breakfast
  • eat egg whites only, eat the whole egg, don’t eat eggs at all
  • eat carbs, don’t eat carbs, don’t eat any white carbs
  • don’t eat fruit because it’s fattening (I hate that this is out there!)
  • eat snacks, don’t eat snacks, snack only on almonds
  • eat gluten free and dairy free to lose weight
  • don’t eat past 6 or 7pm, and if you do it better not be a damn carb!
  • …and on and on and on….

I like to experiment with nutrition and workouts. I think it’s fun and I like to see how my body and energy levels respond. I’ve tried carb cycling, intermittent fasting, low carbohydrate, high protein and fat, etc. I find I have the most energy and feel my absolute best when I have meals consisting of protein (usually meat or eggs), lots of veggies and fruit and a healthy fat (avocado or coconut oil usually). I do eat complex carbs also, but usually around my workouts, which I’ll explain. This DOES NOT mean you have to eat this way. It’s just how I, personally, feel my best.

Please realize all of this info is my educated opinion. You don’t have to agree with me and if you have comments I would love to talk about your views on the matter!

Here are my Rules:

1. I eat when I’m HUNGRY! I stop eating when I’m satisfied, not over stuffed. Yes, I sometimes eat too much and am super full. I DON’T follow rules like, “eat 6 small meals a day”, “eat within 20 minutes of waking up and within 30 minutes of your workout”, or “don’t eat past 7pm at night”. If I’m starving at 8am or 8pm, I’m sure as hell going to eat something or I will be bitchy to anyone in my path. If I stay full from three meals a day, then I’m good. If I eat six small meals one day, then great. I eat when I’m hungry…period.

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2. I eat CLEAN (90% of the time). I very rarely buy anything that is prepackaged, unless I’m not feeling well, then I may buy a can of soup. When I go to the grocery store this is what I normally buy: asparagus, peppers, cuke, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, apples, bananas, frozen berries, avocado, chicken breasts, eggs, ground turkey or beef, cans of tuna, steaks, salmon (although I normally steal that from my dad’s freezer) , rice milk, yams, quiona, rice. At home I have spices, coconut oil, rice protein powder, coffee and honey. And that’s pretty much it! I cook, bbq, make salads or shakes. I’m honestly pretty boring and don’t love cooking and strongly dislike baking.

10% of the time I have a treat, like an oat fudge bar from starbucks, or a bag of mini eggs or m&m’s, pepperoni or chinese food. I like going out for drinks with friends and also love yam fries.

I’m a firm believer that if you can’t pronounce ingredients on a food label that it’s probably not great. I believe that calories should come from good food and if you have all your calories from pop, booze and junk food you’re going to have a gut. I’m a busy person and still have time to eat clean, so please don’t use the excuse of not having time. I bet your 8:00pm tv show can be PVR’d to prepare food for the next day.

I don’t eat gluten, dairy, nuts or seeds right now because it upsets my stomach, not because I think it’s “bad for you”. I don’t miss dairy much at all, but honestly, I’d love to have a sandwich sometimes!

3. Gluten free doesn’t mean Healthy. Have you read the labels of some gluten free products? Such as gluten free pasta, baked goods, etc. Does it have more sugar or calories than the same product that has gluten? Is it highly processed still? If you’re going gluten free because you think it’s going to help you lose weight, you might want to have a look at things. Eating UNPROCESSED, clean foods, is going to help you more than just having a gluten free product.

4. If you HATE it, don’t eat it. I hate olives, so I don’t eat them. They’re probably great for me, but I honestly don’t care! haha

5. My Workout nutrition. Again this is my opinion and how I feel best. I eat my complex carbs (eg. yams, rice, potatoes) BEFORE and AFTER I do a strength training workout. I eat some before to give me more energy to lift heavy and I eat a lot more after to aid in my recovery and help with replacing lost glycogen. I know people who eat complex carbs only in the morning..great! Doesn’t do it for me! I have the most energy when I have steak, asparagus and avocado for breakfast…no joke. On days that I don’t strength train I tend to eat less complex carbs, but I don’t always cut them out. Again…I listen to my body and eat how I feel.

6. Fruit doesn’t make you fat. Do you know anyone who has gotten fat on eating fruit? Maybe from having ice cream and chocolate sauce under the fruit! Having some fruit salad every day is not a bad thing. I do realize if you’re cutting weight for some sort of physique contest or event, then you take fruit out because it has a lot of sugar. But I don’t think the general population should.

My other personal opinions ( you don’t have to follow them)
– life’s too short to not have something you LOVE. I love chocolate: dark, milk, inside candy coating. Do you think I’m going to deny myself that forever? Not a chance. But I don’t have it every day. Even if your favorite meal or drink may be bad for you, have it once in and while…it most likely won’t kill you!
– I enjoy eating meat. Doesn’t mean I think vegan or vegetarian lifestyles are bad. Just make sure you get enough protein and don’t stuff yourself full of pasta and grains at each meal.
– muffins are like eating a piece of cake and bagels are like eating 3-4 slices of bread. Be careful!

That’s all! I’m simple and I like it that way! Figure out what works for you.

Eat Clean!