Lately I’ve been incredibly focused on two things, running and losing weight. Up until yesterday I was doing pretty good at both. I’ve lost 30 pounds since January 1 and I’ve steadily increased the speed and amount I can run. But that all came crashing down yesterday morning.

It happened at mile two of my 2.5 mile run yesterday. I had been struggling with the run from the start. I was breathing hard and my form was jerky and got ragged after only a mile. By mile 2 my body started talking to me. It told me to stop running and I did. I walked the half mile back to my car. I was mad more than anything.

You see, I knew what was going on. That day I’d had about 20 oz. of water, 1 bag of Cheetos, 1 small bag of cookies, a large cup of coffee, and half a bag of pork rinds. That ladies and gentlemen is the junk food/starvation diet I’ve been living on since January. Well, not exactly that, but you get the idea. It’s utterly ridiculous and it’s going to have to stop. I put a post on the Nashville Striders forum asking what I should do. I went to bed thinking about how I needed to change my eating habits.

I got up last night and stopped at Sonic to get a combo meal to eat on my way to work. At that point I still hadn’t eaten anything since the pork rinds and I needed something in my body. I was sore and aching and basically malnourished. The food made be feel a little better, but it was still more junk food. The Striders gave me the ‘ol Michael Pollan, “Eat food, mostly plants,” or as one poster put it, “eat stuff that grows.” I knew this already, but sometimes I need a kick in the pants to help me out. Another poster told me I needed to drink a gallon of water a day. This is also probably good advice since I consistently weigh 2 lbs less after running than I do before.

Up until now I’ve only watched how much I’ve been eating. From this point forward, I also need to pay attention to what I am eating.

And so that this post has a happy ending, I ran 4 miles today at a ridiculously slow pace and finished strong.

Training update: Exercise (yesterday): Ran and walked 2.5 miles in 33 minutes and 24 seconds (13:22 pace) Exercise: Ran 4 miles in 56 minutes and 01 seconds (14:01 pace)