May 01, 2014

Pushing through the nausea

I woke up after having the strangest dream this morning, and I was so sure that it was real. I dreamed that I had to match my running clothes to my pajamas for my morning run, and it was really important to get it right! When I woke up, I felt very anxious about it, and kept trying to remember exactly what the instructions were. After a few minutes, I realized it was, in fact, a very weird dream ;)

Today was Day 1 of no sweets, and it went pretty well! I ate a banana right when I got up, and then after I got the kids off to school, I made breakfast. I was craving Brussels sprouts (yes, Brussels sprouts), so I had them as a side with cheese grits. I normally wouldn't have eaten so much before a run, especially a tempo run, and it came back to bite me later.

I had plans to get together with Jessica at noon, so I knew I had to start my run by 9:30--not much time to digest my breakfast. Today I had a half-marathon-pace run on the schedule: 1 mile warm-up with 5 miles at half-marathon pace. Last week, I had the same run, and my splits (after the warm-up) were: 8:55, 9:01, 8:57, 8:54, and 8:51. Today, I wanted to see if I could do them a little bit faster; not much, but enough to improve a little.

It was so nice outside! I wore capris and a t-shirt, and felt great. Unfortunately, it was really windy, which made me feel like I was working much harder than I was. I ran a mile to warm-up, and then picked up the pace. I was trying to keep my pace under 8:55-ish. Running into the wind was hard, but I kept reminding myself that once I turned around, it would be a breeze (literally).

It did feel a lot better, and I didn't feel like I was working so hard. But then, at around mile four, I got really nauseous. My stomach felt awful, and I knew it was from my large breakfast. My pace slowed to about 9:10, and I almost decided to take a walk break (something I never do!). But I told myself that I was going to push hard through this run, and I would either A) throw-up, and then give myself permission to walk home, or B) push through the nausea, and make myself hold pace.

Thankfully, the nausea only lasted about a quarter mile, and once I felt a little better, I was so glad that I pushed through it! I would have been really bummed about the run all day if I'd quit early. I managed to pick up the pace a little more for the last mile, and I finished feeling good--but totally wiped out. I can't believe how hard this pace feels now! My long run pace was faster than this a year ago. For a 1:50 half marathon (my goal for November), I'll have to run an 8:24 pace. Yikes!

My splits were faster than last week, but my heart rate was also quite a bit higher--probably due to the wind. I always feel good after my runs on Thursdays, because I don't have another "hard" run until Tuesday. Getting my Tuesday and Thursday runs done always feels like a big accomplishment! It feels kind of like crossing a mini finish line.

I took a quick shower, and then got ready to go meet Jessica at Panera for lunch. I used to get together with Jessica and Renee quite a bit, but this winter was so rough, I didn't really see my friends much. I've missed them! Hopefully I'll get together with Renee soon, too.

At Panera, I ordered a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup, with 2 oz. baguette, and a cup of fresh fruit--8 PointsPlus total. I was going to take a picture, but I realized that I'd left my phone at home. The soup was really good! Normally, I get Black Bean, but the Chicken Noodle sounded good today. Jessica and I chatted for a couple of hours, and it felt really good to catch up.

I stayed pretty busy until dinnertime, so I didn't have horribly cravings for sweets or anything. I made a frittata for dinner, and immediately afterward, I wanted something sweet. Normally, I would have had a couple of pieces of chocolate, or a lemon bar or something. Instead, I decided to sit down and write my blog post, and Jerry made me a cup of tea. Jerry decided to give up coffee (along with sweets) this month, so he had a cup of tea, too. He enjoyed the tea (David's "Coffee Cake" flavor), but he said he missed his coffee.

One day down, and just 30 days to go without sweets! ;)


  1. AnonymousMay 02, 2014

    David's tea has a chocolate rocket and a crème brulee that taste like dessert without sugar or calories. They could serve as a sweet without breaking your no sugar challenge. Good luck.

  2. Nice going on "No Sweets." Is that for the month of May? I'm going to make a similar challenge to myself, "NO SNACKS" for May. I am up so much on the scale, it's getting depressing and I've got to stop this gain NOW! So no more snacking for Pam! Good luck to us both on our challenges, and nice going on running through the nausea. I would have given up right away. I'm so weak. I made a 'healthy' banana bread/cake yesterday, with applesauce and honey, but I may just throw it out to avoid snacking on it.

  3. AnonymousMay 02, 2014

    Katie - your 30 day "no sweets" challenge reminds me of the "no S diet". I read the book a few weeks ago and it really clicked for me. It's no sweets, seconds, or snacks except on days that start with S (Saturday, Sundays and special days). I never do well with counting points, calories, etc. This has given me a new perspective on eating enough at meals to stay full and how much I really was snacking. And has helped curb my insane sweet tooth. I've only been doing it a few weeks but I have lost a few pounds and feel much better without as much sugar in my diet.

  4. Are you doing no-artificial-sweets, too? I brought my sugar intake down to normal not long ago, and I was amazed at how much better I felt. I even learned to like black coffee, and I eschew fake sweeteners. Anyway, I'm very impressed with your pace. I just finished my first half, and my average pace was 11:34. Slowish, but I'm very pleased with it :-)


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