My eating has been thrown so off track since getting sick about 10 days ago. My head has been really congested, and I haven't been able to taste anything. Normally, you'd think that would mean that I wouldn't have an appetite, right? Well, because I can't taste anything, I never feel satisfied with my food! So, I just kept looking for satisfaction by eating more. I feel like I undid the progress I spent all month making.
Last night, I was starting to get my sense of taste back a little, so I wrote up a food plan for today and I am determined to stick with it!
For lunch, I made Quinoa Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing--it's flavorful and spicy, so I was hoping I'd be able to taste it. I still couldn't really make out the flavors, but I did get the spiciness, which was good.
I'm also making a spicy dinner (I love this Spicy Taco Gnocchi Skillet) so that it will hopefully have a strong enough flavor for me to be able to taste it.
I ran five miles today. I hadn't run in over a week because I've been coughing so much. Generally, if cold symptoms are above the neck (a head cold) then I'll still run; but once I feel it in my chest, running is really uncomfortable. Today, I really had the urge to go for a run, so I figured if I was really miserable, I could just quit early. I did an out and back, and I felt really good. I kept my heart rate low, so my pace was very slow, and that's probably why I felt so good.
|Found the nickel on my run|
Speaking of running, I actually have a mission for this fall! My friend Stephanie is hoping to run a sub-60 10K in November, and I offered to pace her. She's following my "Your Best 10K" training plan, so I am going to follow it as well. I think this will be a fun way to train right now--since I'll be training at a sub-60 goal pace, I won't have to train as hard as I did for my sub-50, but it will still give me a goal to focus on (I don't want to let Steph down). I'm not interested in training very hard right now, but I do like following some sort of plan, so this is perfect. And hopefully, I'll help Stephanie hit her goal!
Can you believe it's October?! This is my very favorite month. There is something about the weather during this time of year that just makes me feel so happy!