When Spring was approaching, and also my 1st running of the Boston Marathon, a few of my yogi friends signed up for a nutrition-based cleanse. Much like spring cleaning, this temporary change in eating paves the way for ridding the body of toxins which have build up over time. The end result, among other things, is a re-setting of one’s sensitivity to hunger, more energy, improved sleep and, for some, weight loss. I was intrigued but felt that the timing could possibly jeopardize my marathon goals. I opted out, but planned to sign up in the next go ‘round.
Not surprisingly the next session fell during my training for another endurance event: my century. I began to mull over the pro’s and possibly con’s taking this on now, during the peak of my training. With the cleanse in consideration, it occurred to me that I always seem to have a big event, therefore training, on the books. This is who I am; it’s my norm. So, why not play around a bit with food if only to broaden my awareness of healthy food choices?
I thought back to the days immediately prior to Boston. YaYa and I stayed with a friend who is somewhat of a vegan chef. We ate amazing vegan meals cooked by him and his fabulous girlfriend. And I didn’t give it a second thought when I toed the line in Hopkinton. Furthermore, I didn’t pay a price for it either.
I signed up.