Well here we are, one week out from Marathon day. According my training plan, it is time to up the carbohydrate ante, lower my protein and fat intake, and stop looking at the scale until next week.
Unfortunately that does NOT mean all the cake, cookies and ice-cream I can eat. No, the idea is to eat pastas, rice, starchy veggies, and fruits, along with smaller quantities of lean meats.
This is foreign territory for me. I am a certified carnitarian. My idea of a happy meal is a big steak, with a side of bacon…maybe a small side salad if it contains more bacon, hold the bread and dessert. What can I say, its just how I roll. I try very hard to get in at least one small serving of veg. at each meal…but its an effort. I have no problem passing up the bread basket at dinner…because that allows for a larger portion of meat. For breakfast I am an eggs and sausage and bacon-hold the pancakes- and toast- and bagel- kind of gal. Nutritionists shall shudder I know, but just being real yo.
So, you can imagine how strange it was to fill my shopping cart with 90% carbs today. So far the menu for next week will consist of:
Breakfast: a thin cinnamon raison bagel with peanut butter and nutella, with a banana and coffee.
Snacks of apple slices and cheese sticks, low fat yogurt with fruit, raspberries, strawberries, and a few potato chips tossed in for good measure( because I like them that’s why).
Lunch : likely leftovers from dinner the night before
- baked peppers stuffed with orzo pasta, tomato sauce, shredded zucchini and parm cheese, salad and bread.
- Spaghetti with meatballs and marinara with italian bread
- Chicken picatta penne pasta with a salad and bread
- Chicken fried rice with asparagus sushi and spring rolls
Right now this looks like an overwhelming amount of pasta, bread, etc…but we’ll see how it goes. I need to figure out a few good veggies to add in for sides…but that will take some thought. I’ve picked recipes that have lean meats and little fat to balance out all those carbs. It still makes me nostalgic for a big juicy ribeye, or rack of ribs, or a big fat bacon burger…but I think I’ll survive my week.
Overall, the carb loading helps…it gives me something to focus on other than the journey ahead. Our sermon at church today was Luke Chapter 5. Its a favorite of mine. Its the one where Jesus tells Peter to venture out into the deep waters and cast his nets. Peter is out of his element in this story. He’s tired from a long night of doing his best…fishing his heart out and coming up not just short, but completely empty. I’m sure his confidence was a bit shaken at this point, and the very last thing he wanted to do was take his tired body back out into the depths and try to catch anything. But he did. He ventured out on faith and went even tho he was tired and a bit discouraged. He was rewarded with not just a bountiful harvest, but one of amazingly supernatural proportions.
Right now I find I can identify with this Peter. I’ve been training for 7 long months. I’m tired…I’ve had some confidence shaking runs…and I’ve had some hugs and encouragement from the almighty. Its still taking more effort than I would like to run the taper runs. I admit to being a bit scared…there is weariness and a desire to just put my nets away and be done. I have been called out to deeper waters tho, and I will go.
If I really think about it, my harvest has already been supernaturally bountiful. I have grown much stronger in faith and in my walk with God. I’ve had hours on my feet to have quiet time with my Savior. I’ve learned how to truly commit to something even if I’m not sure its within my realm of ability-to get up and run and try even if I was tired, or sore, or discouraged. I’ve learned to follow through with plans even when they get unbelievable hard. I’ve learned to lean on God’s strength and the strength of friends and family when I was afraid that I couldn’t continue. I’ve learned that I have amazing friends and family who will support me through even my craziest endeavors. I’ve learned that hard work and perseverance really do make you stronger.
It was almost 3 years ago when I first managed to run for a whole 5 minutes at a time. The person I was then would NEVER have believed that she could, and eventually would be able to run for 5 HOURS at a time.
So….lets load up on some carbs, get into the boat, and head for deeper waters. Its time to throw out my nets and see if I can catch a finish line :).