Hey – now that I have your attention!
It has been almost 3 weeks since I found out that I couldn’t eat wheat. At that point I had to make some decisions on how to detox. I decided to use the slower and longer method that would take several weeks rather than the quick method of 7-10 days. The quick method would cause me to lose about 7-10 pounds. This would probably cause more harm long term due to the training I am currently doing for the Minneapolis Marathon. The slower process will probably serve me better over the long term.
Since stopping the intake of wheat, I have seen some dramatic improvements – mainly the decrease in headaches, the bloating and some other gastric issues that have been problematic are subsiding, overall I am feeling better and I am running faster! The down side is that because I am taking longer to detox, my body is continually battling toxins, i.e. wheat and it is always tired. I am also picking up distance with my running. All this combined sometimes makes for difficult days. A tired mom can lead to less patience, a shorter fuse and being just exhausted at the end of the day. But there is progress and I think that I am almost through the detox process. It takes a lot longer than one anticipates!
It has been amazing to see how much difference it has made in my running – I am consistently hitting 9 minute miles on my long runs and 8-9 minute miles on the shorter runs. All this means that if I can continue with my training and do some more training runs with a race coach – I might be close to a qualifying time for Boston! That is enough motivation to keep my body clean and work hard on the training!