Good morning! :) I had an invigorating run this morning! It was very cool, and my thighs felt like frozen chicken breasts the entire time (now, it that doesn’t paint a visual for you, I don’t know what will).
I normally prefer to run in the evening, but I have a full day planned so I checked my run off my to-do list ASAP. I did 4.0 miles in 38 minutes. Wahoo!
Before I ran, I had PB toast with coffee:
I can never run on an empty stomach; I wake up hungry!
And post-run, I made a lovely bowl of pumpkin oatmeal:
I love this dish, even if it is a little chipped. It’s one of the first bowls I bought when I started the blog.
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, stirred in at the end
- Squirt of agave nectar
- Toppings: flax, brown sugar, coconut
The Traveling Athlete
We leave for our London trip in just TWO DAYS. I am so excited! This trip is a little unique in that I am running my first marathon only SIX DAYS after we return to the USA.
Our last big vacation was our honeymoon. We went to Napa Valley and San Francisco for 10 days (Honeymoon Recap Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V). My honeymoon was an eating and drinking extravaganza.
I made a real effort to keep up with my running routine on my honeymoon and managed to run 5 times for a total of 20.0 miles. I was very proud of myself for staying active while traveling!
However, on the last day of our trip, I tried to put on my favorite pair of dress pants and could not buckle them! The Husband experienced something similar with a pair of jeans. After we returned home, I waited two days and then I weighed myself – I was four pounds heavier than my happy weight range, which meant I ate an extra 1,555 calories a day (trust me, this was entirely feasible).
I don’t normally discuss weight on the blog (because numbers are pointless, and I don’t personally focus on my weight), but I did write about gaining real weight on my honeymoon and how I planned to lose it – I went on the Dietless Diet. The Dietless Diet is basically how I eat every day – normal portions and (mostly) real, homemade food. I was interested to see if I could get back down to my happy weight without really trying.
Slowly but surely, the honeymoon weight came off. It took about 1.5 months to lose the weight I had gained.
For our London trip, I’m concerned about repeating the same process. If it was any other vacation, I would approach it like I always have – eat and drink what I want and enjoy myself, knowing it will all even out in the end. However, I don’t want to put my body through a short, rapid weight gain right before the biggest race of my life. I want to be as strong and healthy as possible for the marathon.
I know from my honeymoon experience that simply exercising on a 10-day long vacation is not enough – I need to pay at least some attention to what I’m eating and drinking. Luckily, London is the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world, and I have no doubt it will be easy to find healthy, satisfying meals.
What’s my plan for this vacation?
- Keep up with daily food blogging. Normally, I just blog special meals for vacations, but I believe this will help keep me focused and responsible.
- Stick with my running plan. I will be running 5 times while in Europe, and I made sure to get hotels with gyms.
- Make one meal a “special meal” each day. The problem with my honeymoon is that every single meal was an event. I had a huge breakfast, followed by a huge lunch, followed by an even bigger dinner. I’m going to strive to eat “normally” for two out of three meals a day.
- Watch my alcohol intake!! This is the BIG one. You all know I like my beers, and the Husband and I tend to drink a lot on vacation.
- Only eat special desserts. This is another BIG one. The Husband and I tend to get dessert every time we eat out on vacation, but I’m going to make an effort to either split with him or only order dessert if I see something unique on the menu.
- Walk everywhere! This shouldn’t be hard in Europe!
It’s going to be an interesting experiment to see how healthy I can be on vacation, because normally I don’t even really try! :) I’m all about balance, and vacations are normally for indulging. But with the marathon just six days after London, I need to pay attention to my eating, drinking, and exercising, just as I would be doing if I were at home.
What’s your philosophy for living a healthy lifestyle on vacation? What was the best “foodie” location you’ve visited? Has anyone ever gone to a fitness resort for vacation? Some of them look SO neat!