You know the old running wisdom: don’t change anything about your routine in the weeks before a race? Well, I’m pretty sure starting a 10-day detox qualifies as a “change”…what do you think?
To rewind briefly, Day 6 started out with a nice long walk with Bodhi, about 45 minutes of pilates in my living room and my breakfast smoothie.
I spent the afternoon at Lindsay‘s working on more photos, but we were so focused on being productive with our time that I forgot to take any of my own pictures! While we were working, I snacked on some steamed vegetables (leftover from her pad thai) and a tropical fruit Larabar.
From her place, we headed downtown to meet our husbands and another lovely couple at Red Bamboo, a vegetarian restaurant in the East Village. Lindsay had been raving about this place, but I’ll admit, I was skeptical. For some reason I always figure it’s easier for a vegetarian or vegan to love a veggie restaurant – they’re used to that cuisine. But this place was out of this world! The table started with “chicken” wings and celery with tofu ranch dressing. These were unreal! I don’t know how they make “chicken” out of soy but seriously, it tasted like a chicken wing. They even included a bamboo stick in the middle so you could eat these with your fingers!
For my entree, I had Teriyaki Vegetable Stirfry with brown rice and soy chicken. This was absolutely fabulous. The vegetables were crisp and fresh, the sauce was incredibly light, and the brown rice was just sticky enough. Somehow, the dish filled me up really quickly so I ended up bringing over half of it home, which came in handy on Sunday afternoon when I was glued to my couch.
Speaking of Sunday, we’d gotten home from downtown at 1am and I woke up at 6 to start prepping for the NYRR Manhattan Half Marathon. Truth be told, I hadn’t run since my 9.25 miles with Lindsey the Saturday before. As I’d mentioned earlier in the week, I was giving myself a pass on exercise since I’ve been participating in the detox so I stuck mostly to walking several miles every day and spending some QT in the sauna. Maybe it was the 5 hours of sleep, maybe it was the heavier dinner at Red Bamboo and maybe it was just my lack of training, but this was a TOUGH race for me.
As I got dressed, I had a tropical fruit Larabar and half a container of coconut water. Since the detox limits sugar and eliminates all processed food, my usual toast with peanut butter was out of the question. I’ve run on a larabar before, but it definitely was not my usual race-morning meal. I also took a larabar with me for the race since Gu was off limits due to the artificial sugars. I met Lindsey and her friend, Lauren, at 7:15 and we took a cab over to the start on the West Side. After we split into our corrals, I took a few minutes to stretch and assess how I was feeling. Generally, I felt ok, if not a bit sluggish. I decided I’d shoot for a time somewhere in the 2-hour range and see how things played out.
Miles 1-4 came and went much too fast. I was trying to pace myself to 9:16 miles, which would have given me a 2-hour race, but each mile was well under. (FYI, I found out later that the calculator I’d used was wrong. I should have been aiming for 9:10!!) I think mile 3 was closer to 8:15. Visions of my marathon collapse danced in my head and I kept telling myself to slow down. I grabbed water around mile 5 and had half of my larabar at mile 6. Around mile 7 I started to feel absolutely awful. I was queasy and felt “too full” but I was thirsty. The larabar wasn’t rushing into my system; it was sitting like a rock in my stomach! I walked a few times between miles 6 and 10, hoping the nausea would pass, and finally felt better around 10.5. At 11, my legs gently reminded me that I hadn’t taken them for a run over 10 miles since the marathon and that, no, they weren’t very happy with this morning’s activity. I pleaded with them to hang on for just a few more miles and they complied. I took one last break to walk at mile 12 and a woman ran up behind me saying “just one more mile! you can run this last one!” Sure enough, I dropped the hammer and powered through the last 1.1 miles to the finish. Final chip time: 2:01:03, average pace 9:14. So it wasn’t 2:00 like I’d hoped, but I’ll take it, especially b/c my average pace was exactly what I’d aimed for. That meant that even though I’d gone out too fast, I likely had saved myself by slowing down later and stayed right on track.
With it, though, I took a pretty lousy afternoon. I barely made it home in time for my body to completely fall apart and I spent the rest of Sunday chained to my bathroom and my couch. Later in the day, I finally had enough of an appetite to eat some of the steamed leftovers from Saturday’s dinner, but I still felt terrible. I was at a bit of a loss. I’d struggled with this decision all day, but I decided to stop the detox.
Stop by later to find out why, what I did, and how I feel now!