So, finally last week I really decided it was time to buckle down and work on these stomach issues. I don't know why (okay, I do, I hate being on any sort of limiting "diet") but it was about time to get super serious since this was debilitating during my runs.
According to the Mayo Clinic: to reduce bloating, it may help to avoid or reduce the amount of gas-producing foods you eat. Many carbohydrates cause gas, and the following items are common culprits:
- Baked beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Carbonated drinks
- Chewing gum
- Fruits such as apples, peaches and pears
- Hard candy
Is it odd just how sad I am about losing broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and apples? Tell me not to eat fried food, chocolate and alcohol (which I pretty much never do) and I wouldn't bat an eye. But losing my favorite fruits and veggies has me dragging my feet.
I am mostly dairy free already - I use almond milk and cheese is pretty much non existent in my diet now (and I do buy the almond cheese which I weirdly love); I do usually have a serving of greek yogurt each day and am going to keep that while I eliminate the other veggies/fruits.
I used to track religiously in MyFitnessPal. Like obsessively track. Where I had to finally cut myself off from it because it was making me neurotic.
However, I am SO thankful that I did - because it enabled me to go back to when I was not having issues and recreate what WAS working for me.
Minus the fact that I was indulging in said foods above a couple things that I noted were:
- More frequent and smaller meals
- More protein
- Carb sources more from grains than vegetable
- One hell of a lot less "cheating"
- Nighttime snacking was at a minimum
Sunday the 15 miler had it's moments of disaster - but as I pointed out they weren't AS bad as they have been in the past.
This week, thus far I have had 4 runs - and I not only made it through EACH and every without incident (holler at a 6 miler last night) BUT I completed EACH workout following - lifting and/or swimming - without running to the bathroom in the middle.
I am optimistic.
And this optimism I am hoping carries over to my running. I have been in serious doubt mode lately for my running ability and a lot stems from all of this that was going on.
While I hate to be on a "diet" because this one is seriously limiting and redundent (but hey I was at my fittest and fastest last fall when following...so yay for things to come?) I am pretty sure I hate practically shitting my pants more (yes, I went there).
About 3 1/2 weeks out now from the NJ Marathon, and by golly I *may* be starting to get optimistic about it.
Stay tuned. 18-20 miler on tap this weekend (mixed into the More Fitness Women's Half Marathon) and I may not be dreading it quite as much as I was before...more dreading Harlem Hill x2.