Regina Runs Far

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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from SusanB. in I can not make pre- and post-WO timing work   
    I think you just need to play around with different foods and timing.  I don't have a morning timing issue like you do, because I work for myself and I have the ability to wake up and take the time to make a good meal here at the house, except for early long run mornings.  My issue is that once I leave the house for various appointments and my 2-aday workouts, I might be on the go all day and not make it home or anywhere for a good Meal2, and Meal3 will be at home, but often very late.  So, I tend to make a good  breakfast, and pack a little cooler full of various foods to eat throughout the day as I am on the go.  I love starchy vegetables as leftovers:  parsnips. sweet potatoes, rutabaga, carrots.............and I also like leftover chicken or pork or steak.  It is more difficult for me to get in the good fats on the go, but I will open up a can of tuna or chicken and mash it with avocado in a container, but I must have time to stop the car and eat it.  Hard boiled eggs have been good for me pre WO or really anywhere.  Post WO I have tended to eat sweet potatoes, and don't feel like meat right away, so need to work on that.  My big downfall is that Meal 1 is usually around 7:30 or 8am, and then sometimes I don't eat Meal2 until 1 or 2, and Meal3 until 8 or 9............so there can be snacking in between.  Sometimes Meal2 is eating while I drive around, so not enough veggies.............sugar snap peas and raw carrots plus other portabel items.  I think it just takes preparation, making enough food that tastes good cold the next day and is portable, and packing food for the day.  Good luck, and I hope you find the right mix for you! 
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from laurab in Alternative to Coconut Water for Long Runs   
    Electrolyte capsules, easier to carry and take with water.  I use coconut water for my really really long runs for variety but for a marathon I use just water and the capsules (Salt Stick brand is what I use).  As far as fueling, I'm still working that out.  I'm on Day 21 and I have been able to successfully fuel whole30 stayle up to 20 miles, but after that started to bonk, feel full and have GI distress.  You should be ok for 26.2
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Are Prunes Acceptable and Question about Larabars?   
    I am lucky because all the compliant Larabars have cashews and I'm allergic!!!!  I do keep an RX Bar in my car in case I am gone hours longer than expected (it happens bc I am a Realtor).  However, I pack a big cooler of food if I'm going to be gone all day..........whatever leftover meat we had the night before cut up in a container, suger snap peas, cut up raw veggies, almonds, hard boiled eggs, apple, orange, sweet potato (yummy the next day even cold).  I am still tweaking how much food I need when I leave the house after breakfast and don't return home after WO 2, but I am making a sincere effort at packing real food.  I know canned tuna and canned chicken are not ideal, but they make them in "to go" cups now do don't need a can opener.  I made this new thing where I mixed the canned chicken, avocado, cut up cucumber, tomato, radish, pepper or whatever veggie is sitting around, handful of raisins and voila.........a mini meal I can pull over and eat in 5 minutes on the go. I found organic prunes and raisins with no sugar added..........but I try to eat with restraint. Right now I'm working on less fruit and almonds and more veggies, proteins and fats........
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from ladyshanny in January 26th (and nearby dates) Support Thread   
    Hi everyone!  My boyfriend and I just finished Day 11.  We are both doing pretty well, and in high spirits.  We started without much preparation, because we decided there would never be a "perfect time."  So, we didn't plan out enough meals, buy enough food, or prepare for how hungry we would initially be.  The first few days we ate three good meals, but I was always hungry, tired, no energy, bad workouts........so, I gradually increased my meal size, and added different combinations of things to them, plus tweaked my pre and post workout snacks.  By Day 8 I was more or less not hungry very often, and energy levels are feeling great. My boyfriend wants to lose weight, recover better from workouts, and have a more consistent energy level.  I don't have weight to lose, but want to have a better energy level, less moodiness and stress, better sleep, and possibly better athletic performance.  He feels like he is losing weight pretty quickly  I feel my general mood is better and I am less stressed.  My sleep and energy are great, and my running is decent, although it can be better  I feel I am getting used to eating all sorts of delicious real foods at any meal..........EG I used to feel that I would not eat eggs at dinner, or no veggies at breakfast, or no meat at breakfast, but we had pork chops with our eggs a few days ago, and veggies with anything, and I even put stuff into zip locks when I'm super busy at work, and I'll be munching on chicken and sugar snap peas while driving around.  This is such an interesting learning experience.  I cannot wait to see what the next 19 days holds for us.  
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from DebW in Starting Sun Jan 25   
    Hello everyone.  I started on Jan 26, so this is Day 15 for me.  I loved reading your posts, because I could identify with many of them.  Week 1 was so hard for me.........hungry all the time.  I am an endurance athlete, and I workout all the time at high intensity.  I also don't love to shop or cook, so I have been getting by and staying compliant by keeping it simple.  So, sometimes I don't get enough food, b/c I  just don't want to eat one more egg, or one more piece of chicken. I also think i eat too many almonds and too much fruit.  I'm tweaking and figuring out pre and post workout meals, plus breakfast, which is tough for me.  I like eggs and veggies, but prefer to have fruit with it.  Mostly I miss wine!!!!  My energy level is good and now my workouts are good again, and my mood is great!!!!  I think for this week my goal is to try some new foods, add some spices, and try out a few new recipes, so I don't get bored.  If I get bored, I'm likely to revert to fruits and nuts.  I do  love munching on raw veggies, so that is good!  I'm also drinking too much coffee, b/c I like a comforting ritual.  Have a great day! Halfway there! 
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from ladyshanny in January 26th (and nearby dates) Support Thread   
    Hi everyone!  My boyfriend and I just finished Day 11.  We are both doing pretty well, and in high spirits.  We started without much preparation, because we decided there would never be a "perfect time."  So, we didn't plan out enough meals, buy enough food, or prepare for how hungry we would initially be.  The first few days we ate three good meals, but I was always hungry, tired, no energy, bad workouts........so, I gradually increased my meal size, and added different combinations of things to them, plus tweaked my pre and post workout snacks.  By Day 8 I was more or less not hungry very often, and energy levels are feeling great. My boyfriend wants to lose weight, recover better from workouts, and have a more consistent energy level.  I don't have weight to lose, but want to have a better energy level, less moodiness and stress, better sleep, and possibly better athletic performance.  He feels like he is losing weight pretty quickly  I feel my general mood is better and I am less stressed.  My sleep and energy are great, and my running is decent, although it can be better  I feel I am getting used to eating all sorts of delicious real foods at any meal..........EG I used to feel that I would not eat eggs at dinner, or no veggies at breakfast, or no meat at breakfast, but we had pork chops with our eggs a few days ago, and veggies with anything, and I even put stuff into zip locks when I'm super busy at work, and I'll be munching on chicken and sugar snap peas while driving around.  This is such an interesting learning experience.  I cannot wait to see what the next 19 days holds for us.  
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from akbuckey in Larabar   
    Thank you.  I need to go look for some of these bars for my 45 miles of running between Sat and  Sun this weekend.  I'm just really not sure what to eat for two long runs back to back, followed by going straight to work until late both days.  I'm sure as I get further along and read more recipe ideas, I'll learn some concoctions to make for long workouts, but I just don't have time to do that before Sunday's 30 miler, and I don't want to be passed out on the trail somewhere.  Yes, there are true emergencies where I go from one appointment right to the next, and there's not time to prepare food or go to the store.  I have been packing a lunch box every day, but I have honestly been eating more than I thought I would, so I always run out of food in the lunch  box before my day is over and left arriving home tired and famished.  
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from akbuckey in Larabar   
    I ordered some RX Bars, yayyyyy!!!!  I'm going to some of the more specialty grocery stores tomorrow if I have time between runs and appointments..........weekends are crazy for me.  Marathon High, volunteering and 14 mile run with the kids followed by 5k leg of the Wolfson's Childrens Relay, then 2 customers, and theatre tickets in the evening......I hope I get to buy some compliant fueling options for Sunday's 30 miler in between all of that, which starts at 6am. I made it through Day #5..............Good night!!!!
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from VolChick in W30...really?   
    Yayyyy..............so excited.................fueled successfully before, during and after my 12 mile run yesterday.  Eggs, veggies, fruit for breakfast.........banana just before the run..............leftover sweet potato cut up during run (was surprised how good it tasted), fruit, lean meat, almonds, more fruit, coconut water after the run.  I had a few stops after the run and I didn't get home where I could have a real "lunch" until about 3pm, so I probably snacked on too much almonds and fruit from 12-3, but I stayed on plan and felt good on the run!!!   Excited to try a slightly longer run today!!!
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    Regina Runs Far got a reaction from jjo in W30...really?   
    Hello there. This is an interesting string of posts.  I am a newbie to Whole 30, Day #3, but an experienced endurance athlete, and overall, I eat a fairly healthy and balanced diet, drink a lot of water etc etc.  I decided to do Whole 30 with my boyfriend because we both wanted a metabolic reset/detox to feel better, have more energy, sleep better, fewer mood and energy swings, more mentally alert, better athletic performance, fewer injuries due to inflammation etc.  He has about 15# to lose, but I am at my goal weight. We each have triggers we want to work on, prove we can do without, learn other things to have instead of them................he loves chips, crackers, fruit snacks, ice cream.  I love wine and cheese and sometimes french fries. Neither of us likes to cook or have to shop ad nauseum for exotic ingredients, but we think we can follow this if we keep it simple and support each other.  
     
    It bothers me when people are so judgmental of others' short comings in Whole 30. We are all different, individuals, with our own strengths, weaknesses, and journeys in life.  We all have different financial and time constraints. We all have different goals for this program and our lives.  Our bodies are all different, and some of us have worse sensitivities to certain foods.  My boyfriend is intolerant to many legumes, but he tolerates dairy ok.  I tolerate dairy and legumes ok, but several nuts give me issues. 
     
    I'm going to give this program 100% and follow the rules.  However, if I slip up and borrow a few shot bloks from a fellow runner because I'm about to pass out on the sidewalk during a 30 mile run, or if I wake up so hungry that my choice to get through breakfast and make it to work is to have a few slices of non compliant bacon or eat oatmeal............I'm not going to beat myself up, nor do I feel I am a fraud for posting on FB that I am doing the Whole 30 program.
     
    I feel pretty confident that I'll make it 30 days, feel great, try some new foods, have more energy, see improved athletic performance, health, better sleep etc etc.  But, if I mess up, I'll still consider it a success for the positive changes I do see.  I think I'll just be happy knowing I could give up wine for 30 days, and keep the wine levels lower in the future.  
     
    I'm sorry for the rant, but I think my point is to go easy on each other.  We are all on our own individual journey and here to support each other and exchange information.  
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    Regina Runs Far reacted to ladyshanny in Sex with Pants II   
    Hi Regina,
     
    It is definitely NOT SWYPO to take foods and prepare them for simple grabbing. Something that would constitute "sex with your pants on" with those same simple ingredients would be "Banana ice cream" whereby you process the crap out of a frozen banana until it resembles ice cream.  That is a big no.  A banana pre-peeled and placed into a baggie is totally fine.  Does that distinction make sense?
     
    Whole30 can be as absolutely bare minimally simple or as gourmet complicated exotic as you personally want it to be.  It's using those simple ingredients to create those "food type things" that are not permitted that we refer to as SWYPO.
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    Regina Runs Far reacted to GFChris in W30...really?   
     
    The reality is, if you're going to follow the rules 100%, that means following every single rule for 30 consecutive days. If you choose to have shot blocks, non-compliant bacon, oatmeal, or other off-plan food along the way, you're no longer doing a Whole30.
     
    If you want to maintain your weight on your Whole30, you may find this article helpful. 
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    Regina Runs Far reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Fueling for 100 Miler and long training runs.........   
    With a 100 miler a month away, I would advise against you starting a Whole30. You need to allow time for your body to adapt to using fat as fuel and almost everyone has a minimum of a couple of weeks of extremely low energy (in regards to running/pace). 
     
    Your Whole30 deserves its own time without the demands of serious training. The reset is absolutely 100% worth it. But I'd advise you do it during a time you are not training for a big race.
     
    That being said, I fueled the Vermont 100 almost entirely on Whole30 food this past July, so it doesn't mean it can't be done. My friend Katie (her blog posts here) took to it almost right away with very little time to adapt. But I think she is in the minority.