A few years ago, my mom followed the “From Couch to 5k” program for running. Well I am currently on the “From 10k to Couch” program for the next two weeks. Because running is a year-round sport, it’s important to take a couple weeks of a break between track and cross country. It keeps us from getting burned out later in the season, and is also important to prevent overuse injuries. So I’ve been in bed all morning…I’m taking this rest thing seriously! ;)
After my conference 10k, I went into rest mode. That meant cutting 50-70 miles a week to ZERO. So an important part of the transition from track season to summer is nutrition. In season we burn hundreds of calories with daily and twice-daily workouts. Cutting workouts = cutting calories.
I don’t like the work “diet” so I’m currently on a DETOX. School, traveling and competing was stressful. Our meals were full of bread, pasta, dessert, and snacks. It’s time to undo all the damage with extra fruits and vegetables, tons of water and minimal processed food/desserts.
I cannot get enough fruit, veggies and vitamins in my body this week! This isn’t some kind of extreme diet plan and I’m not cutting out any food groups completely, just making sure meals are full of nutrients and snacks are in moderation. Here is my meal plan for today:
This menu is so colorful, especially when you mix up the different bell peppers and fruits. Another big component of the detox is WATER. I’ve got a giant tumbler filled next to me at all times, and as soon as it runs out I fill it right back up. Water, fresh produce and less stress from school & sports makes me feel so much better/more energized. The problem is, I have all this energy and no exercise! :P
Back to job hunting for me!