For the most part, I consider myself a healthy eater. I like to stick to whole grains, fresh, local ingredients and I’m obsessed with produce. My whole work day actually revolves around eating! I try my best to make good decisions, but sometimes I have a hard time resisting temptation. What makes it especially hard is the amount of sweets and junk food that filter in and out of my office. Oh, and the two award winning bakeries around the corner from my office? Those don’t help either.
So after a workoutless weekend, I arrived at my office Monday morning determined to be EXTRA good. That was until lunch time when a few of my coworkers went out and bought cupcakes for a coworker’s birthday! These aren’t just any cupcakes, they are melt in your mouth, LIFE CHANGING cupcakes… I resisted for as long as possible, and then decided to have a quarter of a cupcake, that can’t be all that bad, right?
Then, a an hour later, another quarter…then 30 minutes later “Oh, I didn’t notice this wonderful s’mores cupcake” Another quarter.
45 minutes later: “I’m stressed and I need something” Another quarter. Oops. I just ate a full cupcake! Oh cupcakes, you are my Achilles heel.
After feeling bad for myself, I just decided I would move on and have a GREAT work out and a small dinner to compensate for my indulgences.
I got to the gym on the early side, since Monday’s are always packed. My stomach was grumbling and yelling at me for the cupcake. “Uh oh”, I thought, “this isn’t going to be pretty.” I hopped on a treadmill and proceeded to warm up for one mile. My intentions were to do 4-5 tempo miles, but with the war being waged in my stomach, I quickly shelved that idea.
So, I just decided to get in a standard 3 mile treadmill run and then do some lifting. My stomach was up and down, but the treadmill line was so long that I knew I had to maximize my time and get in the best run possible. When I hit three miles I told myself, just go for 4, it’s only 8-ish minutes of your life! My stomach war waged on, and that’s when I vowed never to give into a sweet or unhealthy treat before a run. This feeling, not to fun! Those cupcakes? While they were delicious, this feeling is NOT worth the pain. I trudged through the final mile and finished my run in roughly 37 minutes/9:15 pace. Not terrible, but definitely not a run to write home about.
This run wasn’t exactly fun, I definitely have learned my lesson (for this week, at least.) When it comes to running, keeping a healthy diet and keeping treats to a minimum are integral to success. After all, we are what we eat!
In other news…
I just registered for the Katie Lynch Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon on May 15th. I ran this race last year completely unprepared for the punishing hills of Newton and I swore up and down that I would never run this race again. The race was a PW (Personal Worst) of 2:05:11, 15 minutes off my PR. However, after registering for San Fran I think it’s in my best interest to train and race on some hills.
Have you ever over indulged and suffered through a workout because of it? How do you resist temptations?