Opposite of marathon confidence, gluten intolerances and running accomplishments!

They arrived.  A beautiful pair of purple Brooks Launch 3s made it just in time for me to put about 20 miles on them before race day.  That is my favorite way to do it.  I like my marathon shoes to feel fresh/new/bouncy but to also have them broken in just a touch.  A fun new color makes things even that much better on race day.

Utah cooled down quite a bit Thursday and we had some rain so we got out the fall clothes for the kids.  Andrew calls Brooke’s green jacket a ‘Janae coat’ because it is something I would normally wear;)

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Andrew and I woke up feeling not so great again—> we’ve had some sort of bug take over our bodies.  Yesterday was better than Wednesday but running was still out of the picture.  It was fun to go as the whole family though.

It’s always a great confidence builder when you feel exhausted after a short walk just a few days before your marathon ha;)  BUT I always seem to get sick before marathons.  I think my body is pretty tired from all of the training and my immune system goes down the drain.  Josse is even sick too with a sore throat right now.  Before Boston last year I had some weird sinus infection but it magically disappeared the morning of the race.  I’m just happy that whatever we have right now is happening this week and not next week.

‘Trust in my training’ is the phrase going through my head most often right now.  A few days off from running is a-okay and it won’t make a difference in my race.  It takes about 7-10 days of missing our runs and then “the body starts to lose some of those hard-earned physiological gains you have made.” (from Hansons Marathon Method).

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Beretta took a swim for a while.  Her energy levels are amazing.  She has two modes—>  play crazy hard and move at 90 miles per hour or be asleep.    Sometimes I feel like I am just like her in that way.

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We spent most of the day just hanging out with the kids.  Brooke’s really into playing school lately (she is the teacher… it must be in her genes:) and I’m learning all sorts of new things.

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Knox and Andrew were playing Star Wars:

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The kids were pretty excited that a fresh watermelon made an appearance at dinner tonight.  Brooke held up this piece of watermelon to tell me that it looked like a TRAPEZOID to her (I had no idea she even knew that word?!).  We were pretty dang impressed.

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And for a few random things before we part:

*Andrew bought a bunch of Saltines for while we aren’t feeling so hot and he filled me in on one of his favorite snacks—> Saltines, peanut butter and honey!

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*I started checking out the weather for next week.  The marathon is next saturday so it looks like we’ve got a low of 59 and a high of 88.  I’m really glad that Josse and I tried to do most of our long runs later on in the morning so we could train in some heat.

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*I can’t think of anything much better than these little Swig pink sugar cookies.

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*How I forgot until yesterday to add this song to my marathon playlist, I do not know.  I’ve listened to this during pretty much every marathon I have ever done.

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*We started Stranger Things on Netflix last night… always exciting to start a new series!

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I am SO sorry it has been so long since our last round of running accomplishments! I WOULD LOVE if we could start this up again.  Please send a picture and your running accomplishment to runningaccomplishments@gmail.com and I will post them (and a link if you want) sometime that week (usually Thursday or Friday if that is okay:)

You guys are amazing!

SUSAN!!!!  “This past Saturday (09-17-16) I completed my Lifetime 100th Marathon at the Indy Women’s Half & 5k.  I completed my first half in 1997 and then one in 1998 & one in 1999 but didn’t do another one until 2008 and then one more in 2009.  From there, things sort of just took off.  I did 4 in 2010, 4 in 2011, 9 in 2012, 17 in 2013, 31 (yep- 31!) in 2014 and 17 in 2015.  I should finish this year with 23 making my lifetime number 110.  I’m 51 years young and not a fast runner but I love the camaraderie out there and the encouragement among the running community.  I’ve met so many fun and fantastic people along the way.  It was extra special that the Indy Women’s folks made me feel like a big deal leading up to and on race day.”

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Tara rocking her HRG shirt with a chocolate lab!!!!

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STEPH (her friend Kara wrote this about her) “My amazing and determined friend, Stephanie Lefkowtiz completed her first Ironman on August 21,2016.  Steph trained so hard for this race in the dead heat of the summer, never skipping a beat or making an excuse for missing training.  All of her hard work paid off as she finished the 140.6 miles in an impressive time despite treacherous conditions that even the pros could not handle.  She finished with a huge smile on her face and she is already thinking about the next race she can tackle.  We are all so proud of her and she motivates us to push harder.”

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Amy!!!  “I finished the San Francisco Marathon which was my third marathon.  This one was a particularly challenging one for many reasons. I have a 16 month old, work full-time, own a business with my husband and was recently diagnosed with narcolepsy.  I think this race was more of a point of proving to others that I can be super mom and do everything.  Well, it definitely tested determination and mental/physical strength.  Training went well but with having a kid in daycare means you’re prone to all the illnesses they bring home so I was sick more often than well during training and including race morning.  This time around I focused more on HIIT training, weights and getting those long runs in.  I didn’t hit my time goal that I wanted but I loved every minute of the race and felt stronger than my other marathons.  Sometimes you have to cherish the fact that you had the courage to start/finish this crazy journey:)”

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Ellie!!!  “I’m the kind of runner who hates days off, is terrified of getting out of shape, and can’t stand rest!  So when I was in a car wreck two weeks ago and suffered a back injury and a concussion, it devastated me that I was barely allowed to walk or stand, let alone run.  I rested and watched HGTV like a champ, and what I’m even more proud of is that on the 28th, when I finally was cleared to work out, I started with a 30 minute walk.  I know this is kind of the opposite of a ‘running’ accomplishment but I’m proud that s the crazy runner I am, I was able to force myself to rest and let m y brain heal.  I even dropped out of a race! While I did lose a bit of fitness and muscle mass, I know letting my brain heal will help me in the long run!”

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A few of my friends have recently found out they have a gluten intolerance… so I have been meaning to ask you guys if you have any gluten problems?  How does it effect you?  What type of diet changes have you made?  How does it effect your running?

In general… what type (if any) of nutrition changes have you made over the last few years (nothing to do with the post but I’m very interested in this… sorry)?

Have you started any new shows lately? Anyone else watching Stranger Things?

Hottest race you have ever done?  Coldest race?

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I found out I was gluten intolerant through testing last year. Since going gluten free, I had to spend a lot of time focusing on my nutrition and healing my gut. It’s been a year now and I feel so much better!

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I am so so glad that you are feeling so much better Megan. An unhealthy gut is the absolute worst! Hope you have a fabulous weekend Megan!

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I’ve been really sick for a while now and I had a cat and recently and my doctor feels that I have celiac’s disease which means gluten is a no-no. I also just started running in the Brooks launch But then my running became sidelined but I can’t wait to run in them again. You will love stranger things it’s awesome

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Oh girl, I hope you get your gut issues and your running issues better asap! Thinking about you:)

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I’m pretty sure I meant cat scan

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Adam and I finished Stranger Things a couple of weeks ago. I think I might be the only person in our generation that didn’t like it :(. I thought the ending was great, but to me it felt like a lot of the early episodes dragged on without anything exciting happening. I think I am in the minority with that opinion though! Looking forward to hearing what you think at the end!

I’ve done a lot of hot races since I live in south florida, haha. I really think the worst though was the year I ran the Portland Marathon and it was 80 degrees. The second half of the course just doesn’t have a lot of shade at all, and I am a slow runner so it was just hours of being in direct sunlight feeling my skin burn!

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I just started watching Black Mirror on Netflix and it’s very creepy but good! Love British shows!! Hope you guys feel better soon! I felt run down earlier this week but slept it off. Have a great weekend!!

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Love the Janae jacket, by the way! :) I’ve been trying to eat a lot more vegetables lately (I LOVE veggies) and cook more, especially at dinner. I just learned how to cook this year, so that part has been kind of challenging, but I’m trying to make sure I eat better foods and fuel myself more with the good stuff. But I still eat a lot of cookies and candy–I’m not sure I can change that. :)

The hottest race I’ve ever done: The start of the race was 101 degrees. Talk about NOT fun.

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I found out I was gluten intolerant my sophomore year of college right before the xc season started. People always say that it must be so tough but honestly it was the best thing to happen to me. After years of being underweight and injured, I finally started training stronger and injury free. The doctors think that my intolerance likely caused joint inflammation which contributed to my years of joint / tendon injuries. I also always say I by no means eat less carbs- I just eat a lot of oatmeal, rice, and gluten free bread that is just slightly more expensive and less tasty :) But pb on top solves that!

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Nutritional changes: Over the last year, I’ve increased my iron intake (food sources only, not pills) by a lot. I did this because my doctor said I was anemic and at the same time I was planning to hike a 14er in Colorado. It turns out that iron deficiency can worsen altitude sickness, and I didn’t really want that in my life. Now I eat spinach at least three times a week (nonheme iron) and beef twice a week (heme iron, which is more easily absorbed, but I don’t like to eat a lot of meat, so I stick to the small 3 oz serving). I could write a lot more on this, but that would be boring, so I’ll stop now. You’re welcome.

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I just visited my doctor and asked for a blood test,just out of curiosity, what my iron levels. Turns out they are pretty non-existent!!! And I really don’t like vegetables…so I appreciate any and all advice!!

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I don’t have a gluten intolerance, however I’ve been told to steer clear of them because of my hormone imbalance. For me it was SO hard because carbs are everything (true Italian coming out of me). Luckily if I have a little gluten it’s not the end of the world and I am ok. However, it’s definitely a challenge when eating out, eating with my boyfriend, and just being cautious. There are a TON of options though at Whole Foods that it’s made the transition a lot easier!! My hormone imbalance + gluten was making me gain weight and effect my digestive system, so it’s well worth the change in diet for me!

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What kinda foods do you find make you feel better? I don’t have a gluten intolerance either but have hormones that are out of whack and finicky digestive system. Do you take probiotics? Any other types of supplements that help?

Thanks!!

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I take probiotics and ginger supplements, and tumeric supplements to help my digestive system and inflammation! I recommend UltraFlora probiotics that you keep in the refrigerator!
Also, I recently started doing this soooooo I’m still learning haha, but I definitely buy gluten free bread, wraps, etc. when I can. And also, for snacks Whole Foods has a ton of gluten free snacks such as sweet potato chips, rice and bean chips and they make me feel so much better than other snacks did! I had no idea that hormones were affected by gluten so it really has made such a difference even in these past few months. I had pizza last night and my stomach was not happy one bit.

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Very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ll check out the supplements you suggested! I’ve never actually tried the GF wraps/bread before but have always been curious about them. Sounds like they’re pretty good!

Thanks again and have a great weekend!

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This year I’ve been working on changing my eating habits and have tried a few different “diets”- Whole30, Paleo, and now vegan. I’m sticking with vegan and even got my husband on board which has been amazing! I’ve been feeling so good lately and I’m happy about the lifestyle changes we’ve made as well :)

I’m too afraid to watch Stranger Things, but I just watched the premier of This is Us and it’s SOOO GOOD

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I’ve heard that This is Us is so good… putting it on my list now! I’m so so happy that you guys found the best route for you and your diets. Seriously, that is awesome!

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hahaha love the shout out Janae, thanks! i trained for my first marathon through ice/snow/rain with long runs as cold as 20 degrees and then on marathon day it was an unseasonably warm 80 degrees!! needless to say, I DIED from the heat :)

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Sorry you guys aren’t feeling very well. Hopefully you’re right and the “forced taper” will just be a good way to rest up. I’m sure you will be all healed up by race day.

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i had a bug this week, too. hope you feel better soon!

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I have celiac disease, which is an auto immune disease, so no gluten AT ALL for me. I found out almost three years ago. Gluten free and “gluten intolerant” are kind of a trend right now. If you’re having issues I would absolutely recommend going to a GI dr to get tested. There are so many other things that have similar symptoms. Getting the right diagnosis is key. I cried when I was first diagnosed because bread was my life. But I feel so much better now and I know I’m not poisoning my body and I’m lowering my risk of intestinal cancer so it’s worth it. I have tons of tried and tested recipes that are amazing. It’s nice that restaurants have so many options now, but I have to be careful that it’s truly gluten free. Going gluten free has completely changed my running. Without going totally tmi, I would load up on carbs (gluten) and then go run hard. And I would feel like death and have horrid stomach issues. When I found out it made perfect sense, I was poisoning my body and then pushing it to extremes.

The other thing is our wheat is sprayed with roundup. That’s a poison. China has banned the use of round up on their wheat. But not the good old US of A. This completely blows my mind. It’s no wonder people are having more gastric problems!

Also, it’s important not to go gluten free before being tested, you need to have gluten in your diet for the tests to be accurate.

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Regarding the statement wheat in the US is sprayed with round up (glyphosate) is not true.

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Hmmm, everything my GI dr had me read says otherwise. While I’m not saying spraying is a cause of anything, I do think it’s something we should be aware of. In fact most recent articles say they (farmers) spray 14 days before harvest, but that it’s completely safe.

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http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/roundupwheat.asp

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I LOVE the new Launches. I’m due for a pair myself :) I hope you feel better soon. Can’t wait to hear how the race goes next week!

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I have a bit of a gluten intolerance and it mostly flairs up in IBS and it can cause some major tummy issues while running, so I have tried to cut back a lot and I stay away from it before long runs/races. Sugar and soy seem to have the same effect on me as well.

We are finishing up Breaking Bad and we just started Stranger Things.

I think the hottest race I’ve done has been low 80s and the coldest was probably in the 50s. Sometimes I’m really glad that I live in California!

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I love Brooke’s little floral shirt!

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Loved Stranger Things!! Several of our friends told us it “we had to watch it” so we got a free 30 trial on Netflix to see if we liked it. We binge watched all episodes in 5 days and loved it! It is a little creepy to watch – especially when your backyard backs up to the woods (turkeys, deer, etc. are our “pets) and your puppy cries out at 2 am and needs to go outside. There was NO way I was going outside and even my husband was a little spooked to go out – but he took one for the team. Interested to hear your thoughts on it!

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My mom has Crohn’s Disease (amongst other things)– which means my doc’s keep a close eye on my digestive system. I’ve had to be screened for lots of things so I’m wired to keep a pretty detailed log of foods that make my tummy go “no thanks”. I’ve also had to do an intolerance test to see what foods I’m sensitive to (which is different from allergic… and the symptoms can sneak up on you!!). This was a three month process that was carefully monitored by my specialists — so it’s not an DIY situation.

Turns out, I have sensitivity to dairy (in large doses), eggs (yolks more than whites, if I have more than a day), soy (which is in EVERYTHING it feels like)… but I also react when foods are too greasy!

A dear friend of mine (who has been diagnosed with Celiac since she was 15) can describe just how severe symptoms can be when you’re allergic to foods VS my less severe reactions due to intolerance/sensitivity. **She’s been taken to the ER with bleeding due to a reaction! It’s nuts.

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Not gluten-intolerant but a few years ago I had to go to the doctor because I got so dizzy I couldn’t make it up the stairs. Turns out I was protein deficient so now I have to be careful to get enough protein.
This wasn’t an official run but I once went for a run at around 10:00 in the morning along the river in my town, which is usually fine because it’s 5-10 degrees cooler along the river than everywhere else. But that day is was in the nineties but to make matters worse, there was a massive amount of smoke from forest fires which turned the air into the grossest, muggiest thing you’ve ever seen. Breathing was twice as hard, it was hot and humid and I hated every single step of that run.

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The coldest race I have ever done was a half marathon in Colorado in December 2013. We had one of those polar vortex things and the temperature had been in the single digits all week long leading up to the race. The temperature stayed somewhere around 8-11 degrees for the entire race, it snowed on and off throughout the race, and we were running on icy, snowpacked trail. It wasn’t easy but it was my most memorable half for sure!

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Oh my gosh stranger things was so good!!! You’ll
have to force yourself to not binge watch all at once. Have you watched This Is Us? It’s a new series on tv. It’s so good too!! Reminds me a lot of Parenthood which I LOVED and think you did too. Yahoo for stg!! I’ll be there too-hope to meet you!

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I’m gluten intolerant too. If I eat it my digestion stops, I get stomach pain, and my endometriosis flares up. I’ve been 100% gluten free for a couple of years now. I used to allow myself cheat days, but it eventually got to the point where the pain just wasn’t worth it. Changing my diet has been so good though, as it has made me have to learn a lot more about nutritional values and what works best with my body. It doesn’t have to be expensive either, as there are a lot of things that are just naturally gluten free (fruits, veggies, rice, meat). I also now have a massive spice collection, as we do our own blends and don’t really ever buy prepared sauces anymore. It’s really not that hard once you start it up! The hardest parts are when you are traveling and trying to eat out, and also trying to deal with servers at restaurants who don’t believe gluten intolerance to be a real thing. Also, finding a good source of gfree donuts is also hard! I finally found an AWESOME gfree bakery, but it is 45 min away and across the American border, so I can’t go again until my baby’s born and we have his ID (due date’s tomorrow!)

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Can you tell me how your endo flares up? I’ve been thinking there might be a connection between my diet and the severity of my endo flares (causes horrible leg/nerve pain that ruins my running). I’ve had two surgeries and done Lupron and am still hurting, so I’m looking for alternative solutions!

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It makes the pain around ovulation worse when I’m eating gluten, I also have worse bloating at any time during my cycle, and specifically during running I get more frequent stomach cramping. I also am now suspecting that it has effected my ability to absorb iron, as my levels have been chronically low both before and during pregnancy. Currently adding back iron supplements and seeing improvement in energy, so I’m hoping that will help my running performance when I start again post partum.

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I actually went gluten free this year because my extremely low iron levels! My body basically stopped absorbing iron and it majorly bagged my running. A nutritionist recommended that I get rid of gluten along with taking an iron supplement because it was most likely causing inflammation in my small intestine (where iron is absorbed). I’ve been gluten free since may and I feel WONDERFUL and back to my old self. I even ran 20 miles this morning in prep for my upcoming marathon!! The hottest race I’ve ever done was last year in Savannah, GA. It was a Rock n’ Roll marathon and 100% humidity and around 100 degrees. I majorly struggled (but I still finished :) Good luck with the rest of tapering and I really hope you feel better!

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I adore stranger things. That is all.

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I have celiac disease and was diagnosed about 8 years ago. I know now that all of the stomach problems I had as a teenager (turning 50 this year) was celiac. As a teenager and early 20’s my mother took me to the hospital several times, always saying we weren’t leaving until they could tell us what was wrong. We always left eventually without a diagnosis, and just trying something new. My brother was severely malnourished and severely anemic and finally after 9 months of testing him for different things he was was diagnosed with celiac. Six months later I had the biopsy which was also very positive. All of my brother’s kids have it and one of my daughters has it (diagnosed with blood test, not the biopsy). So I have been gluten free for 8 years. Now that my body is finally rid of it all if I have anything, even a small piece of bread, within the hour I am throwing up. Going gluten free was easier for me because my brother paved the way. He decided he wasn’t going without anything and he’s an awesome cook, so he just figured out how to make everything gluten free, and I got his recipes. It’s been a little harder for my daughter who is now 16 and dating, just because of the restaurant factor. She doesn’t have near the symptoms or reaction I do, but is very worried about not being able to have kids. My boss was told that definitely the reason she couldn’t have kids was because of undiagnosed celiac and not eating gluten free. That sent my daughter into a panic, so she’s very careful. I’m proud of her for not caving. Her friends and their moms all keep GF food at their houses so she can eat too when they’re there. The gluten free craze has definitely helped us true celiacs because there are so many choices now. It can definitely be expensive, so we shop around. Natural Grocer’s prices are awesome! I have always been extremely thin (like my brother) but the rest of my family has struggled some. Now eating a gluten free “diet” I realized last March I had gained 30+ pounds. I started counting calories and have lost 25 pounds. I eat all of the same foods as everyone else, just a gluten free version, bread and pastries and all, hence the 30 pound weight gain :) The only thing I truly miss is Twizzlers. PLEASE someone come up with gluten free Twizzlers!!!!

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My friend had one baby premature and her placenta was black, they took it in for testing but couldn’t figure it out. The two pound baby beat the odds and is a beautiful sixth grader now, but my friends second pregnancy was with twins, and she lost them both and her placenta was black as well. They did tons of testing and finally found out she has celiac disease. they finally were able to to find that it was because of her celiac disease. And since going gluten free she’s grown two inches! I miss licorice so much!

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I need advice/help from AMY!!! As a mother of two under 3yrs old, I work full time, husband works full time and we have a recent new venture of flipping houses we have started. I would love a day in the life from Amy to see how she has figured out to train and workout with everything she has on her plate. The only thing I have time to do is a quick 30 min workout at lunch. The rest of my days/nights are all kiddos and work. Even if I try to do anything after their bedtime I am so exhausted I can’t push through. I probably only average about 5 hrs of sleep a night as it is because of my 5 mo old not sleeping thru the night. And I wake up at 4:30 just to get me and kids out the door in time. I NEED HELP!!! :)

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Hey Jennifer! I will email Amy and ask her to email you:) My opinion about this all is there is a time and a season. You are already beyond super woman with all you are doing and the fact that you are even fitting in a 30 minute workout during lunch is incredible. Rather than thinking you should be doing more fitness wise I think you should be congratulating yourself for what you are already doing. I am sitting here thinking WOW… Jennifer, is sure rocking it with everything she has on her plate. But this is just my opinion. Maybe in a few years when your kids are older and sleeping better you will be able to fit in more for your workouts but honestly, girl you are rocking it with where you are in your life right now. YOU are amazing!

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Hi Jennifer!
Amy here :) So flattered you wanted to reach out to me. I’d love to chat more with you! You are doing an amazing job getting a workout in with all you have going on! It was so hard training for a full and I’m not sure I would do another full until kids are a little older. I was lucky to have a very supportive husband through this otherwise it could not have been done. My long runs were done early (4:30A) Saturday mornings so I could be done by 8/9AM and be home with the family. We have a yellow lab so he was my running companion so that helped with the motivation and added safety feature :) One thing I learned is spreading myself too thin was not a good idea – I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything but it put my body through a lot of stress.

Janae – Thanks again for posting my accomplishment and you have my permission to send Jennifer my email address :)

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omg I love Beretta so much. And I do have a gluten intolerance! It affects me just like lactose intolerance would. I avoid gluten about 98% of the time – the other 2% being special things like trying Indian Tacos for the first time! Or eating lunch in a bar in a town of 67 where “gluten free” is a foreign language. Haha

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Stranger Things = awesome! We have also been into The Blacklist, Person of Interest and Hell on Wheels… i love tv even stupid shows i get sucked into… my husband on the other hand takes a lot to be impressed and these four all all in is top 5 (the fifth being Greys Anatomy… duh)

Nutrition I did the 21 Day fix and now pretty much just follow that plan in my everyday now (maybe a little more loosely on the weekends and not at a deficit any more). There are tons of recipes that give you the container counts and it is just a super easy way to stay on track and eat clean. It has kinda become second nature.

Hottest Race I have done is the Foot Traffic Flat on Sauvie Island in Oregon, it was on July 4th of 2015 and they had to move the race times up because of the heat… i did the half but i felt bad for the full people! It was one of those days that it was like 80 at 6 am (which is not typical in Portland) Coldest i guess was Thunder Road in Charlotte it was my first race… it really wasn’t that bad it was in November which in NC is actually pretty nice. I had a few friends who had done it in previous years when it was in December i think and they said it was brutal.

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Stranger Things is SO good! I have 2 episodes left to watch. I always get sick before a big race too. I hope you feel better soon!

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We watched the whole first season of Stranger Things within 3 evenings this week! It’s so addicting (and a little creepy). We compared it to a Goosebumps book

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In the past couple of years nutritionally I have had to take out most of the meat and dairy I used to eat. Doc’s orders.
Sorry you are not feeling well! But so nice to be during your taper!! hahah “Janae coat” had me laughing out loud! AH new shoes are the best!!!!

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I have gluten intolerance. Was diagnosed at 15. My symptoms were migraines, digestive issues, low energy, hair loss, etc etc. it had been going on for a while so when they figured it out, my body was in bad shape. Years later, I decided to start eating gluten again (stupid, I know!), and it made my running much slower and because my body had to focus on what the gluten was doing to it, it couldn’t put the energy it needed towards repairing my muscles and I had far more injuries and less energy. Now I’m strict about it again and running is wonderful!! It’s not something you can “cheat” on, because every little cheat damages the intestines and so one may not feel the symptoms until they are pretty damaged, then you have to take time off and severely limit your diet to let them heal

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Brooke is so cute with her braids! And I loved to play school when I was a kid :)

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I wear the Brooks Launch 3, too! Love that shoe Wore it for NYC and Boston Marathons, Yours are prettier than mine, I had to settle for the fugly black and seafoam option :(

You will ROCK St, Georges, girlie.

The hottest, most hellish race I’ve ever run was the Mayor’s Cup this summer. 100+ degree heat index…awful for us East Coasters:
http://www.masteringrunning.com/blog/2016/8/16/2016-philadelphia-mayors-cup-race-recap

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I recently eliminated dairy from my diet after contracting a rather nasty bug in Colombia that ended up giving me an intolerance. It’s made a huge difference to my skin and digestion, although it’s a bit of a pain in the butt!

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I went gluten free about one year ago. I was constantly tired and felt foggy in the head, regardless of how much sleep I got. Went off of gluten and very quickly regained energy – thereby making running and working out that much better. At first it seemed difficult, but there are plenty of options for gluten free foods and eventually most things taste pretty good.

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Trapezoid! That is awesome! :D

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Hottest race – Wineglass Marathon in 2013. I think temp was into the 80s by the end, but it was also SO HUMID. Just miserable.
Coldest – Richmond in 2014. I don’t think the temperature went above 35 degrees.
My fingers swell in the humidity so I would choose cold over hot.
Best of luck next week!

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My son, who is 19, insisted that my husband and I watch Stranger Things. We liked it. Loved it when they’re in the library looking up newspaper articles on microfiche. I told my son the library index was our Google and had to explain the microfiche to him. He thought it was pretty funny to hear my husband and I reminiscing about the 80s while we watched it:) Anyway, one year we were vacationing in the BVIs on a chartered boat. It was my last week of training before my taper and there was literally sometimes no place to run. So I didn’t. I think that was for my 15th marathon. It was totally fine. Again early this year I was sick a few weeks before my marathon and again couldn’t run for an entire week. Again, race went totally fine. You’ll do great!

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I took gluten out of both mine and my husband’s diet to help combat chronic inflammation. (wheat leaves me feeling exhausted – after sleeping 9 hours I’m still shot). Since there are plenty of other carbs to eat I haven’t noticed a negative effect. I have less stomach issues so that’s the positive. (plus if you are feeling awful and take out the offender running + everything else will feel that much easier).

I stick with gluten free oats, black, red or brown rice, quinoa, sorghum, millet. or a sweet potato when I need a carb boost. Occasionally I have brown rice pasta when I have a pasta craving. I remind my husband and clients, it’s a wide and varied food world out there. There are plenty of things to still enjoy. Fun fact: you can pop sorghum like you would popcorn. (and popcorn is also gf).

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Hi Janae, I really recommend the book “Grain Brain.” Even if you don’t cut out wheat or have a gluten intolerance it’s just interesting to learn how it can affect you. I did cut it out for awhile and noticed I felt less hangry. All in all, it has made me much more conscious of what I eat. I eat more veggies now for sure and healthy fat. The only reason I went back to eating bread, toast in particular, is that I run a lot better on starchy foods. If I eat toast before I run I feel good.. and if not I’m dizzy.

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We watched the first episode of This is Us and LOVED it!! Definitely check it out!

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I’m inspired by your last running accomplishment- I hope the whole resting period really helped her! Really sucks when you have to take some time off from running-. I haven’t ran since last Wednesday and it is literally killing me. Mentally and physically! I just hope that my knee feels better soon… it was my first attempt at running on a treadmill at home (the last time I ran on a treadmill was almost 2 years ago) and bam, my knee was hurting so bad I couldn’t go run after that.
Reading your post- 7-10 days of non-running will affect the physical level kind of got me super worried and nervous….I’m really scared to get back out there on the road but I know I have to!
We also just got a puppy (2 months old) and it is just like having a newborn. Waking up almost every two hours to him whimpering and whining to let him out of the crate to go potty outside.

thanks for sharing the running accomplishments- they are definitely inspiring!!!!!

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Check out the Low FODMAP diet for those with tummies who don’t do well with gluten.

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About 5 years ago I went Dairy free. Tests never showed I am “allergic” or intolerant but my body tells me otherwise. My husband has celiac disease and all four of my children have the gene for it. So about 8 years ago we all went gluten free. I didn’t need to but now when I eat it I get super bloated. I also did the Whole 30 challenge. Ever heard of it?? It was a life changer for me unfortunately now when I eat any starch my stomach is not very happy with me. Training for this half marathon has been hard because I crave carbs at the end of my long runs and just need that huge bowl of popcorn!!! Ya know what I mean?
BUT…. I feel so much healthier and the IBS I was diagnosed with 5 years ago is gone when I stay clear of these foods.
Feel better and I hope your race is as amazing as you are!!

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I learned earlier this year I was pre-diabetic, so have adopted a more LCHF approach (low carb high fat). It is really hard to not eat carbs, but the alternative is out of the question.

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Thay sugar cookie sounds amazing right about now and I am going to have to try andrew’s snack. That is some thing I think I could get on board with.

One time when anna was about Brooke’s age she pointed to something and and told me it was a parallelagram. #ThankYouPBSkids

Stranger Things is amazing! Enjoy!

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I was diagnosed gluten intolerant while pregnant with my fourth baby. I went gluten free for five months then introduced natural yeast (sourdough) back into my diet and became obsessed with it. I can eat anything I make with my starter, using wheat flour (or spelt or whatever I want) without ANY digestive upset. I focus on gut health a lot and add in good things for that too. I am the crazy bread lady and teach classes on how to bake with natural yeast. It’s good for diabetics too!

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