Thursday, January 14, 2010

As per usual, I have been slacking on my blog writing. It just seems really hard to get everything that needs to get done, done. My running has been going well. Not great, but well. After being on a gluten free diet for over a month, I have thrown in the towel. I gave it my best, and decided that maybe the diet isn't really for me. I had hoped that it would help me with my pain issues that keep me restless during the night, and stomach issues that haunt me during my runs, (literally), but I just didn't have enough power in my legs during my uphill running. I realize that I need more Carbs in order to push during my runs. I have eaten a low carb diet for over a year now with good results, but completely eliminating gluten makes me feel really sluggish during intense exercise. That is just not going to work for me. I will continue to eat as I have been doing for the last year or more and try other remedies for my sleep and pain issues. Everything in moderation. It always comes back to that, huh? I am glad that I am open to trying new things. I would much rather try dealing with my problems with diet as opposed to medication. I wish there was an easy answer.

I find out on Monday if I am selected for the UTMB lottery. 6500 people have entered with only 2000 spots, or something like that. I guess the odds are not bad considering they are better than what they were for getting into WS 100. Several of my good friends got into States, so my chances of getting into Mont Blanc are looking better than grim. I must stay positive! If UTMB doesn't pan out, then I will go to plan B, which is who knows what. I have some ideas, but nothing concrete until Monday. In the meantime, I am sweating over achy knees and sore toes. I guess in the large scheme of things, I best be thankful that I am who I am. Being me isn't so bad, sore toes and all. Run hard my friends.


Slomohusky said...

Hope luck be a UTMB lottery for you. Take care of the knees and toes.

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Gluten free doesn't necessarily mean really low carb, since there's always rice, potatoes, fruit, etc., but if you went really low, it may more time to adapt. There may be a few tricks to being gluten free as a runner too (see Devon's blog). If you don't think it was helping you though, I guess there is little reason to bother.

What ever happened with the ammonia issue you mentioned a while back?

Good luck with UTMB and your other plans!


kelly said...

Thanks, Cynthia, for the comment. I just never really felt satisfied on the gluten free diet. I never had that great feeling you get after a really satisfying meal. I felt empty. I do read Devons blog, and obviously she does great with it. I should probably talk to her if I try it again. I haven't had the ammonia smell since that few times awhile ago. I'm happy about that. What are your running plans for this year? I would love to meet you one of these days!

Doone said...

Hi Kelly - sorry about UTMB, but why not come to Italy with us to do Tor des geants. Only 200 miles in 6 days with 22 passes! September - think about it. The good thing about the real crazy stuff is that they tend not to have lotteries the first year!

kelly said...

Thanks, Doone. I am a little bummed about it. If I had signed up with the team I run for, I would have gotten in. I was in too much of a hurry to sign up and so I signed up alone. Oh well. I will check out the Tor des geants. That sounds like a blast!! I will let you know. Thanks for the heads up.

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