....still trying to sort myself out.
Health stuff...yeah. I finally made an appointment to see my NP as I am at a 15-20lb weight gain over the last several months despite the fact I am not sitting aound eating bonbons and pizza all day. My diet has not changed ALL that much, or rather, the amount of calories has not changed beyond possibly being LESS as when I get stressed I DON'T eat...add to that some other symptoms that I won't get into here, and the latest symptom- headaches. Oy. I have not had a headache outside having the flu or something in YEARS. Now, I am having one almost daily. Starts around noontime, and continues sometimes all day. Yeah...motrin doesn't touch it and I won't take anything stronger than that. So...its time to get some bloodwork done. Timing is perfect as I see the NP on Tuesday and then the following week I see Dr. MoW for my 6mo check-up. Mostly its just for Rx refills but with everything going on right now it would be good to have those labs back by the time I see him.
Despite all the aforementioned garbage, I will say I am noticing some benefits of my increased in weight/strength training. Though I am not *seeing* the changes under the padding(UGH!) I can definitely feel them. I have felt physically stronger on runs. Even on days when I am feeling sluggish, I find that my ability to climb hills with less effort is improving, which I like. I did a 5hr jaunt through the trails/woods/over the mountain last weekend in a snowstorm and felt really good the whole time, had no trouble with any climbs and was not overly tired when I was done. Proof to me that this is definitely a good addition to my *program* :) I knew I could not exist on running alone, and being slow already, adding to that not being physically strong overall...yeah. SO this is good. Not looking to get faster necessarily(though the slowness from winter and extra weight can go to Hell)but being able to run farther and stronger are welcomed improvements.
I decided that regardless what I find out with my Dr's. I am going to do a 30 day Raw Food Challenge. Basically involves eating raw vegan for 30 days. Starting today through March 31st. It can't hurt, and any time I have been out of whack in the last bunch of years, it has always helped to go completely raw. It is a very healing diet. Though I can't say how long I will be totally raw, I know for this 30 days I can do some healing. And, who knows...with Spring/Summer coming...perhaps it will carry on through until Fall as I will have access to so much produce... :)
Running is going well....mileage is creeping back up...over 200miles for February which I haven't seen since Nov/Dec :) I have 2 FA runs this month...both 50k which is the perfect distance for me. Neither are races, both are more fun runs which is pretty much all I am after at this point. Though I did sign up for one race this year...I am doing Ghost Train 100 in October...I figure if I am going to try and do 100, that's the place to do it, and the fact that I am really not doing any other races this year means I won't be over-raced by october...Plus its a good gage of progress/fitness that gives me 8mo to sort out things...then I will know what I want to do for 2014. I have a few things in mind and I really want to KNOW I have a shot at accomplishing them. This year will be very telling.
This morning...an easy 10 miler, probably a trail run tomorrow...good times. :)