Well, Friends... I lasted 14 days on the vegan challenge.
Going into this challenge, I really didn't think it was going to be very difficult for me--I'm not a huge meat person, and certainly I could go five weeks without dairy or eggs, right? All I can really say is that the experience has been very humbling!
I had good days and bad days over the past couple of weeks. Sometimes, I felt like the challenge was going to be easy; but more often than not, I really struggled.
Today, I was feeling super nauseous, and the only thing that sounded good to me was meat--which is VERY odd, because I never crave meat! I started doubting everything, including my ability to stick to the challenge and see it through to the end.
And ultimately, I decided to quit the challenge today, on Day 14.
I feel kind of like a loser, since I only managed to get through 14 days; but on the other hand, I don't really regret quitting, either. I did my best, and I now have a whole new respect for vegans. I never realized how big a role dairy played in my diet until doing this challenge! A vegan challenge is something I'd been wanting to try for several years, so I'm glad I finally did it. I wish I'd been able to stick to it for the entire five weeks, but at least I tried.
I'm still sticking to the no alcohol challenge with Bonnie, though. She challenged herself to give up bread, so I don't want to let her down ;)
I've been doing well this week with getting in some miles. I ran Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and today. I plan to run tomorrow, too. For a long time, I was running every day except for Wednesdays and Saturdays, and I liked that schedule. I'd like to try and get back to doing that.
It's been COLD here the past couple of days! This morning, it was super cold and windy (with a "real feel" temp of 9 degrees). I don't mind the cold, but when it's cold and windy, I'm out. After I dropped the kids off at school, I went to the rec center to run on the indoor track.
Running on the track is going to make it more difficult to analyze the MAF heart rate and pace data, because I don't know how accurate my Garmin is in measuring distance without satellites. The sign posted at the track says that 12 laps = 1 mile; but whenever I've used my foot pod in there, it's more like 12.5 laps. Also, I don't know which lane they were measuring when they got 12 laps per mile.
Today, I didn't wear my foot pod because the last time I used just the Garmin with the satellites turned off, the distance seemed to be pretty accurate. I started in the inner lane, and when I hit 12 laps, the distance on my watch said 0.94 miles. I tried the outer lane for six laps, and it read that I'd run more than half a mile. Finally, I tried the middle lane, and 12 laps showed as 1 mile on my Garmin. (Not that it really matters; I was just curious.)
I ran about three miles (39 laps). My average heart rate ended up being 144, with a pace of 11:44 per mile. I'm guessing that's pretty accurate, considering my heart rate and pace lately with the MAF training. We're supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow this weekend, so I'll probably be at the track for a few days at least!
I don't have a photo for this post, so I'll just share this screen shot from a Buzzfeed article I read this morning. I was lying in bed at 5:30 today when I read it, and I just laughed and laughed...