It’s time for a Transformation Tuesday post (my last one was over a month ago). As stated before, these side by sides help remind me where I’ve come from and where I’m going. The journey of health is just that, a journey. There’s no end game. Instead it’s one day at a time, one decision at a time.
Can you believe I am celebrating my 5 year anniversary as a No Meat Athlete?! Yes, 5 years of rethinking meal options. 5 years of trying to eat more plant-based foods. I’ve thought about reincorporating meat back in my diet, but for now I am happy continuing on the journey of meatless eating. (For more about my journey becoming a No Meat Athlete, read THIS post.) Trust me when I say I still struggle with food. I have a monstrous sweet tooth as well as a big problem with overeating. But again, I am on a journey. I have to remind myself it is not perfection I seek, but progress. One day at a time, one choice at a time and all by His strength.
One of my favorite January races is the Frost or Fog trail run located in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, California. It is a fantastic race to help show me my level of fitness at the start of a new calendar year. This year I had the great privilege to run “virtually” with runner Jenna Powers of 40bibs.com as she ran the Dubai Marathon. She is running 40 races this year to celebrate her 40th birthday. She is also gifting 40 bibs to fellow runners in the running community. I, fortunately, am one of those runners.
As a runner, every year you hope to get faster. I am slowly realizing, however, that if you don’t put in the work, then you can’t expect to get faster. (One of my goals for 2017 is to finally add in speed work.) With that being said, this year’s Frost or Fog 10 mile trail run was three minutes slower than last year’s run. I will, however, accept my slower speed and walk confidently knowing that I gave it my all, got out there, and moved my body!
The first race of 2017 was the Hot Chocolate 15k in San Francisco! This was my first Hot Chocolate run and I had the privilege of pacing this race with Beast Pacing. My 4:50am running partner, Kelly, joined me in San Fran for this weekend of fun! Our first stop after a 2.5 hour drive to the City by the Bay was the expo at the South San Francisco Convention Center.