Day 27 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Gluten Free! No artificial sweeteners! Dairy free!

The end of the challenge is coming and it’s getting harder to stay motivated. I think partly is lack of good recipes which are filling (I miss my greek yogurt) and partly because I have lost the resolve (thinking about sweets again and fast food).

Free lunch at work today… I tried to be good. Wasn’t very successful.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Coconut Grove Yogurt (with only natural ingredients)
  • Homemade Granola: Oats, Chia seeds, flax seeds
  • Mixed Greens, tomato, carrot, zucchini, cucumber peppers, sunflower seeds, roasted pumpkin seeds (evoo)
  • White rice
  • Chicken and Cashew Thai
  • Veggie rice wrap/roll
  • Tofu, broccoli*, cauliflower*, carrot
  • Nectarine*
  • Cliff kits organic cherry and pumpkin seed bar
  • Larabar
  • 40 oz of fluids (water)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Bacon
  • Mango* coconut milk rice
  • A bite of some rice noodle with light red sauce on it (Thai)
  • Oil roasted Mixed nuts

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit: 2
  • Veggies: 3
  • Legumes: 1

* Foods that fall under FODMAP.

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Day 26 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Met my water intake! Gluten Free! No artificial sweeteners! Dairy free!

Wow, only 5 days left. Today was the toughest day. I wanted sweets and it crossed my mind many times. Hence the chocolate chips and popcorn. I was seeking something.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Quinoa, peanut butter (no added sugar), banana, strawberry puree
  • Mixed greens, tomato, 1/4 avocado*, pasture raised eggs
  • Cantaloupe
  • Bananas, 1/2 avocado*, peanut butter (no added sugar)
  • Cucumber
  • Nectarine*
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water & tea)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Bacon
  • Semi-sweet morsels (sugar)
  • Roasted mixed nuts (oil), dried cranberries* (sugar)
  • Popcorn* (long ingredients list)

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit: 6
  • Veggies: 4
  • Legumes: 1

* Foods that fall under FODMAP.

Day 25 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Met my water intake! Gluten Free! No artificial sweeteners! Dairy free!

Yesterday, my doctor told me about FODMAP. I’ve been having some typical issues that come with a high fruit and vegetable diet, so she suggested I do a little food elimination to determine what triggers it. I’ll put an * next to any food I eat that is on the “do not eat” list from Stanford. It’s interesting that most FODMAPs put green peppers in the do not eat list, but Stanford allows them (it’s not even in the moderate use list).

Today, I woke up hungry and ended the day hungry. I went out to lunch with folks to a Mexican place and only ordered guac and chips, then only ate half.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Coconut yogurt
  • Nectarines*
  • Homemade granola: oats, flaxseed, chia seed
  • Raw Almonds
  • Guacamole (avocado*, tomato, lime, cilantro, ???)
  • Tomato, onion*, cilantro salsa
  • Celery
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apple*
  • Cucumber
  • Peanut butter (no sugar)
  • Black grapes
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water With lime)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Tortilla chips (unknown ingredients)
  • Homemade trail mix: roasted nuts (oil), dried cranberries* (sugar) and semi-sweet chocolate morsels (sugar).

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit: 4
  • Veggies: 2
  • Legumes: 0

Santa Rosa Marathon (#1)

There was very little social media lead up to this event because I had my doubts about finishing. That a DNF was entirely possible given the training the past month and my injury status. So it’s understandable that my friends didn’t know it was my first full marathon!

It’s a pretty phenomenal feat. I am still pinching myself because it feels like it was a dream. It is definitely not something to take lightly and think you can finish without training. Deep respect for the 26.2.

The race started a little below 60 degrees. I started in the back of the pack (at the finish line) and chatted to a couple people as we left the streets of Santa Rosa and entered a park.

I’m delirious when I have to get up at 3am to make it to a 6am start. I started in the back near the finish line.

Along the course, I started talking to a woman who kept leap frogging with me. She was doing intervals too. So I made a new friend, switched to her intervals around mile 6 (90 seconds run/45 seconds walk) and we ran to mile 25 together. It was great to have a distraction from the miles. I bet my mood would have gone south had she not been there to talk to.

The weather was overcast until about mile 24 when the sun started to peak out and it started to feel a little more like 70 degrees.

During the run, my right foot swelled and I had to loosen my shoe. I loosened it 3 or 4 more times and even at its loosest the top big toe joint was still pushing on shoe. My left Achilles starting hurting around mile 14. My back was tight during the run and I stretched it a couple times at aid stations. I did my usual high knee kicks every once in a while to keep things loose.

The course was pretty with all the vineyards around that were pumped full of grapes. It made me very excited to run the Healdsburg Half with my sisters next year when the fall leaves will be turning.
 I had a 1/2 banana on the route, along with my two packs of chews and I drank Gatorade plus a cup of water after mile 20. There was an aid station every 2 miles, which was awesome! I drank water at every aid station except the last one. I started drinking two glasses because I could feel the thirst. In previous races, I never drink at every station and rarely stop at stations to drink for halves. I ate two chews every 2 miles after mile 4. I didn’t use the porta potty along the course.

We slowed at mile 17 then by mile 24 I was pushing the pace again – I was ready for the race to be over! With a blessing from Carla, I took off. Luckily, we had just caught up to her husband so she had company for the last couple miles.

At mile 25, after I had given up hope that I’d see the NP tribe along the course… thinking that they had gone off to brunch with the other finishers. I was on a walk break and fairly tired then I heard someone calling out my name. It took a decent amount of coaxing and two tribe leaders flanking me on both sides to get me to run again. We ran to the finish together and I found my last and final wind.

The photographer at the finish wanted me to raise my hands. It wasn’t going to happen. I was spent.


There was no food at the end. No bagel. No banana. No milk. No foil wrap (not that it was needed). It was all gone except for watermelon and bottled water.

Never try anything new on race day. Except I did.

  • I had oatmeal breakfast cookies, which were similar ingredients to my typical morning meal before a race (additional egg whites and banana).
  • I also wore two pair of socks, the outside layer being compression socks. I’ve never run in compression socks and never doubled up my socks.
  • Also, I pinned snack baggies to the front of my skirt, put my chews inside them and flipped the baggie inside between my underwear and the skirt. This worked out well for grabbing my chews on the go.

Post Race Assessment:

  • I have some sore spots. Some new spots creeped up during the run, but nothing that kept me from completing it.
  • After the race, the right foot, left Achilles and knees received brief ice.
  • My back and groin received ice on the 20 min drive to breakfast.
  • My right knee hurt the most on the drive home – the one stretched out for the gas and brake.

Retrospective:

  • I would change my morning caffeine to decaf. My pee was bright yellow after race and was thirsty half way through the race.
  • Otherwise, I think fueling was decent.
  • Definitely liked the baggies pinned on the front of my skirt. There was one point where it started to chafe my leg but adjusting the baggy fixed it.
  • Having someone to talk to while running the race definitely made it feel like a breeze.

Outfit Report

Fuel Report

  • Morning Of: Oatmeal Breakfast Bars: ½ c oats, 1 banana, 1 tbsp honey, ¼ c blueberries, 2 tbsp slivered almonds, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 2 egg whites. 1 cup cold caffeinated tea
  • During: 2 packages Pro Bar Bolt one with and one without caffeine; water; Gatorade after mile 20 aid stations; 1/2 banana.
  • Right After: Muscle Milk; black grapes.
  • Later after race: gf waffles with peanut butter, almonds, bananas, blueberries and syrup; water.
  • Tried eating but body said NO!: I looked at the picky bar in my bag and decided to forgo it.

Soreness/Injury Report

  • Pre-race Injury: The weekend prior my right calf seized which kept me from running the full mileage the last week.
  • Taped: Both knees, groin, hamstrings, calves, shins with KT tape. The PT put arch supporting tape on both my feet.
  • During: Left achilles, right top of foot, twinges of pain here and there in my right calf and right shin. My back was tight. Toward the end of the race my glutes were burnt out.
  • Post Race: Did not stretch after race.
  • Day after full: Calves were fine and so were shins. Top of right foot was achy and stiff. Left Achilles hurt when wearing shoes. Groin is a little sore. Iced knees and Achilies and top of foot.
  • Two days after race: Bottom of right foot stiff. Left lower IT Band sore. Top of right foot was achy and stiff. Left Groin is a little sore. Achilles and knees were slightly sore. I was feeling phenomenal otherwise, and wanted to go run a couple miles. Iced knees and Achilies and top of foot.
  • Three days after race: My right foot felt like it was being pinched of circulation and that it would go numb at any moment. The PT said my right leg was entirely swollen and did electrodes + ice. I also ice massaged that even and the next day.

Course Elevation

The race directors said it was a flat course; Nike plus said the elevation was 524ft.

Santa Rosa Full Marathon Elevation Map

Santa Rosa Full Marathon Elevation Map

Day 24 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Met my water intake! Gluten Free! No artificial sweeteners!

Today is day after my first marathon so I’m ate the left over unclean foods to “get them out of the house”.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Homemade Salsa verde
  • Pear
  • Banana
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Mixed greens, tomato, avocado, pasture raised egg
  • Lentil pasta
  • Homemade pasta sauce with extra veggies
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Flax tortilla chips (long ingredients list)
  • Bacon
  • Gf beer
  • Gf pasta

Not clean foods today:

  • GF Waffle (2 bites)
  • Syrup
  • GF Zucchini bread

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit:
  • Veggies:
  • Legumes:

Day 23 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Met my water intake! Gluten Free!

Today is my first marathon so I’m not eating clean today.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Watermelon
  • Oatmeal Breakfast Bars: ½ c oats, 1 banana, 1 tbsp honey, ¼ c blueberries, 2 tbsp slivered almonds, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 2 egg whites
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Black grapes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Corn on cob
  • Small nectarine
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water & caffeine tea)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Peanut butter
  • Potato Chips

Not clean foods today:

  • GF waffles
  • Syrup
  • Pro Bar Bolt chews
  • Muscle Milk
  • SOS
  • Gatorade

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit:
  • Veggies:
  • Legumes:

Day 22 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Met my water intake! Gluten Free!

Today is day before my first marathon so I’m not eating clean today.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Pasture raised Eggs
  • Black grapes
  • Mixed greens (half spinach)
  • Tomato
  • Pear
  • 100 cal pack of raw Walnuts and almonds
  • Corn on cob
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water & lemonade)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Grilled Chicken from fast food
  • French fries
  • Diet Lemonade (splenda)
  • Bacon

Not clean foods today:

  • GF banana pancakes
  • Syrup
  • GF Zucchini bread

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit:
  • Veggies:
  • Legumes:

Day 21 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Met my water intake! No refined sugar! Gluten free!

Way too much fruit today, but better than eating those donuts that were in the break-room at work! There was this 3 ingredient pancake recipe (gluten free!) tonight that I had to try.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Quinoa, peanut butter (no sugar), strawberries, banana
  • Cucumber
  • Mixed whole fruit: pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and melon
  • Plums
  • Apple
  • 1/2 Tolerant lentil pasta and 1/2 Gluten free pasta
  • Homemade pasta sauce with organic ingredients and extra veggies
  • Mama Chia – Strawberry Banana
  • LaraBar – Pecan Pie
  • Sweet potato
  • 1/2 corn on cob
  • Banana pancakes: banana, eggs, cinnamon (that’s it!)
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water & decaf tea)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Yogurt butter

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit: 7
  • Veggies: 2
  • Legumes: 1

Day 20 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: Met my water intake! Good amount of veggies!

Arguing with someone prior to and while waiting in line for free ice cream leads to eating said free ice cream. A breakdown in my challenge, but looked at it as a ‘test run’ for this weekend. I have concerns about how my body will handle my ritual day-before race fueling (carbo loading) of gluten free pancakes with syrup, and gluten free zucchini bread after 20+ days of low sugar. I bet these sugars the day before the race will help me sleep well the night before my FIRST full marathon!

I’m backing off of the legumes and the broccoli/cauliflower because I need my system moving freely over the next two days.

Zoodles are amazing. It was fun to eat and great knowing that it contains more vegetables, nutrients and water than pasta.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Quinoa, peanut butter (no sugar), strawberries, banana, slivered almonds
  • Black grapes
  • Carrot
  • Salad: mixed greens (half spinach), zucchini, carrots, sunflower seeds, homemade vinaigrette (evoo, balsamico, lemon, salt and pepper)
  • White rice
  • zucchini, basil, tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, EVOO, salt
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water & caffeine tea)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Dried cranberries (sugar)
  • Full gluten chocolate chip cookies (2)
  • Soy mint chip ice cream

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit: 2
  • Veggies: 4
  • Legumes: 1

Day 19 of 30 day Eat Clean Challenge

Victories: No artificial sweeteners! Gluten Free! Met my water intake!

I’m going to stop eating diary greek yogurt (and continue to stay away from other dairy) for the remainder of the month. I’d like to know if my sinus problems are because of the diary.

Clean food consisted of:

  • Oatmeal Breakfast Bars: ½ c oats, 1 banana, 1 tbsp honey, ¼ c blueberries, 2 tbsp slivered almonds, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, 2 egg whites
  • Black grapes
  • Laurabar – Cocnut cream pie
  • Broccoli, coliflour, carrots (organic)
  • Baked Salmon salad: Mixed greens, carrots, cucumber, avacado
  • Carrot
  • Pear
  • Celery with peanut butter (No sugar)
  • Carnitas, onion, corn tortillas
  • Chicken, onion, corn tortilla
  • 64+ oz of fluids (water & caffeine tea)

Not-so-clean foods today:

  • Wine
  • Dried cranberries (sugar)
  • Hummus olive tapenade (long ingredient list but no sugar!)

Total Servings (estimated):

  • Fruit: 4
  • Veggies: 5
  • Legumes: 2