Saturday, April 28, 2012

Food newest challenge

So if I said to you that you could NEVER eat cake, chocolate how would you feel?  I found out I was allergic to mushrooms and anything fungal based quite a few years ago.  I also have a yeast intolerance and if my memory serves me rightly I remember having to really watch my diet as I became ill.  I'm not really sure  how I  forgot all the black outs, angry outbursts, sickness, diarrhea and bloating that I suffered.  Somehow this was erased from my memory and I slowly started eating all the things I shouldn't again...... until now.  Now it has caught up with me grabbed hold of me and slapped me repeatedly around the head with a vengeance.  I have been really ill recently with symptoms that I wont share as there are some things that people really don't want to know.  I'm sure that its also linked to my asthma developing and worsening. 

So this is what it is... my body is being totally invaded and owned by a yeast monster.  The intense sugar cravings that I get  are only feeding that yeast monster and when I say INTENSE, I mean intense. The cravings could be as strong as wanting a nicotine or a drug!  My mum is also lactose intolerant and it started with a yeast intolerance like I have. The doctors have taken blood tests and I am being tested for quite a few things and I'm not looking forward to an anal inspection. 

So I had to do something so drastic to my diet and make changes because it was affecting my whole life. I quit chocolate and anything with sugar in but ate more fruit, healthy option you think?????  Fruit has its own sugars and still ferments so good bye fruit. Good bye raisins in my porridge to replace the sugar and HELLLLOOOOOO to plain porridge oats and soya milk.  Its not a taste that I am enjoying! Its very easy to take it for granted that you can just eat.  I very foolishly ate some home made fish and chips with breadcrumbs. I hadn't even finished my dinner before the reactions set in.  This brought new symptoms like breathlessness and a pain in my chest. 

Its so difficult when I'm at work and I'm hungry, I cant just go to the canteen.  My snacks at present are nuts but no peanuts, raw vegetables and that's it.  Crisps have yeast in them and I have developed a squint trying to read all the ingredients and sugars that are in EVERYTHING!!!! Even crackers have yeast in them.  

I have to kill of this yeast inside me and its a 4 to 6 week kill off phrase.  During that time sugar is a no no and whilst the yeast dies off it will fill my body with toxins that will make me ill.  So things are going to get worse before they get better. 
So its time for me to say goodbye to :
Sugar, chocolate, cake, coffee, gravy, cheese, milk,spices, fruit, fruit juice,yogurts, dressings, pepper, spices, bacon, sausages, processed food, convenience  food, take aways, eating out, wine , cider, beer, crackers, bread the list is endless.  I am trying to concentrate on the things that I can have.  
The way forward it to prepare all my own food and I'm lucky that I have a great chef as a boyfriend who is willing to go on this new food journey with me.  Once I have got on top of the yeast monster I will be slowly allowed to bring sugar like blueberries back into my diet.  Cakes and chocolate although will never cross my lips again ;-(
This brings a whole new challenge to my endurance races.  I have relied on gels and energy products that give me the energy I need. Will my body adapt to the lack of sugar? Will my asthma improve? Although steroids are a bad thing to have , yeast monsters like steroids.  Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. 

Today I am off for a food intolerance test to confirm the things I know I cant have but to also highlight things that I might not know about.  Then I will hopefully have the tools to get on top of this.  Its just like playing food roulette. So next time you pick up that bar of chocolate spare a thought for me ;-(

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bridgwater 10 k

Bridgwater 10K

This was the first time this race had been held and the conditions were good. It was sunny but not too warm. I had been taking my brown inhaler for 3 days and was hoping I would start to see some results.

I met a few others from West Country Tri club and I so wanted to finally achieve the elusive sub 50 that had evaded me since I started running. The closest that I had ever got was 50.51 at the battle of Sedgemoor in Langport in 2010.

So after starters orders I had found myself near the front of the pack and my first mile was 7.33, I quickly pulled back as I knew I wouldn’t sub stain that pace and quickly settled into my own pace. I found that my breathing was a lot better than normally and instead of sounding like a steam train panting up the tracks, I was in a rocket stealth mode.

The route was flat but on occasions went off road which was full of big dried tractor tracks so you had to watch where you were going. We started to double back on ourselves and at one point the wind was very much in your face. The race went by very quickly and it wasn’t long before I was nearing the 6 mile mark. I could see the school where the finish line was and despite wanted to hurl my guts up I pushed to the line.

48.45……. OH MY GOD!!!! I knew I wanted a sub 50 but that was way beyond what I thought I could achieve. Every mile was just under the 8 min mark and 3 miles in a row at 7.56.

I was over the moon with that result finally that sub 50. The results were very good for me and possibly the best that I had ever achieved.

118th out of 305 runners

6th in my age cat out of 42

18th woman in out of 128

So then …….sub 45??????????????

Monday, April 9, 2012

Marathon recovery? Hell no! Lets race Shapwick Bunny hop

Seeing I ran the second half of marathon with seized quads my legs were sore. Going upstairs, getting off the toilet and climbing gates was proving difficult. I went for a slow recovery run on Tuesday which did help a lot. I found the faster I ran the less it hurt. I also went out for a very easy spin in the MTB which was fun until I tried to get out the saddle, legs seized and I fell off!

I had missed boxing in favour of getting some longer runs in so I foolishly went boxing on Wednesday which I probably shouldn't have.  I found the warm up hard and sadly jogged on the spot whilst the others did star jumps and squat thrusts, my legs were not going to work.  Using the bags were fine, my arms didn't hurt.  There were only 3 of us at boxing so we had longer pad sessions.  Dave the coach likes to wind us up and is always checking we have our guard up and he had also seen me struggling to use my legs.  During the spar sessions we are supposed to drop down low to miss being hit around the head and come back up nice and quick.  Dave knew this and kept hitting me around the head so I had to starting ducking as he wasn't going to let up and then he would circle me laughing like the Tasmanian Devil and jeering me.  The more I struggled the more he laughed. I kept getting hit or my legs seized and I was seriously starting to lose my rag. I thought one more hit and I was gonna slam my right hook right between his eyes.  The bell went and both our lives were saved.  Next week it will be a very different story!!!!!

Thursday I went for a nice flat wet and windy 30 miles on the bike keeping those legs spinning.  I was still having issues getting off the toilet.  This didnt let up until after my massage on Thursday. 

Friday I met up with Caroline and Bev from West Country Tri and we attacked that wimbleball course.  I was fine until we hit those hills but I was just grateful that I had no bike issues and got up all the hills with my chain coming off, my chain snapping or gears mucking up and NO punctures.  What a miracle!! Bev however got a puncture and I was amazed at how quickly I changed her tyre for her and was glad that I had gone to the bike maintenance course. I feel pretty confident if i ever get a puncture now.  When I got home I went out on Whoopie and did a nice flat 12 miles with Nick just to reconnect with Whoopie and get some extra miles in.

Sat was spent in the pool having a stretch and getting some drills in..... I need to get back on track with swimming.  Nick and I then went for a short 3 miler just to get some fresh air.... he really picked up the pace and I have a feeling that I'm going to have to watch my back. 

Sunday was a rest day but spent most of the day fighting off blaggers at Cheddar car boot sale..... that's worse than a days training and a much earlier start.

Shapwick Bunny Hop is a 7.5 multi terrain race ran by my local running club.  It was cold wet and windy and it was a small field as most runners dropped out.  I started off quite fast and then forgot we end up waiting around at styes and there is 10 of these in this race.  It was a fast pace for me.................
1   8:22. 
2   8:04.
3   7:55.
4   8:01.
5   8:05.
6   8:24.
7   9:32.
8  4:50.   I started to struggle at mile 6 as the track became very muddy and I felt like I was running with platform shoes on.  I had to run a mile this way and found it really hard work.  It just wasn't me everyone around me was having the same problems.  Finally the last half mile was on tarmac and Islowly started to lose all the mud attached to my trainers.  By this stage I was feeling pretty tired and was very glad to see the finish line. Garmin said 1.03.16 which beat last years time of 1.06.18.  Another Pb under my belt.

Now I'm off to run the club championship!!! 2.5 mile time trail!!!!! argh!!!!!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Taunton marathon

I was quite concerned about this race, training had gone really well and then after a small run on the Friday my Achilles was swollen. I spent most of sat using hot and cold treatment and making sure I was topped up on painkillers

The race was 2 loops and was quite bumpy. I started off the race really well and kinda got caught up with the 1600 half marathon runners. My times were looking good and was averaging 8.30 minute miles....My mum was there to meet me at 6 miles in and ended up stalking for the next couple of miles which was fab... I did ask the bloke next to me if he knew her lol and made a big joke of her stalking me. I think he thought I was a complete nutter. In fact most people probably thought the same as I was receiving live twitter feed I was giggling away to myself and smiling a lot. I especially laughed out loud at fluff's tweet about my boobs jiggling about.

I crossed the half way point at 1.57 and thought you know what I can crack this sub 4 malarky and good to see Nick there cheering me on ... I was feeling pretty damn good at this's at mile 14 that the wheels started to come off....

As a lot of people had finished the race when we were directed off to our second loop I ended up having to run through a very busy town centre which was really weird as the first time found these roads we're shut to traffic.. This is where I had my fall ... I stumbled coming off the pavement by a roundabout and was heading towards the floor big style but there was a taxi there and I fell onto his front wing and bonnet... I don't know who was the most shocked me or the taxi driver. Luckily this stopped me heading the floor but I felt like I jarred my legs. My quads really hurt from this point and i was starting to struggle. My pace dropped and I started to find it hard work... On hindsight I think the first lap was far to fast.

This is where Judith comes into the story.... I picked her up and asked if I could run with her...I think I become quite a comedian when I hurt (my quads were so tight and on fire)and I was having quite a laugh. We overtook a cyclist in fact we overtook a fair few runners. Judith's wheels feel off at 24 miles and I slowly lost her. My quads were so tight like I was on the verge of getting cramp but never did. The last 3 miles involves 2 big hills and I had to zip up the man suit good and proper... I'm not sure how I managed these last miles totally on auto pilot and the tweets I was getting from Simon and other twitter members kept me going as did the thought of the bottle of bubbles in my fridge.

At last the finish line in sight and although I was disappointed that it wasn't a sub 4 but it was a PB IN 4.08.03. That was a tough hilly course and I have never ran a marathon in so much pain as I did today. I learnt a lot about myself today and realised that despite the pain I kept going. I did swear a lot and was maybe a little vocal on the hills but it got me through.

The funniest moments happened after the race especially after trying to get out the car and into Tesco express doing the funniest walk EVER.

I can't thank my mum, Nick and all you gorgeous lovely people who sent me messages through Facebook and twitter that really made a difference. So thank you soooo much xxxxxx