Drug addiction is a powerful disease. It affects millions of people around the world. The initial decision to take drugs is an individual’s decision. But after time, powerful drugs can become addictive and have long-term effects. When the choice is made, drug users can enter into rehabilitation centers to cleanser their body of the toxins. A person can spend months, maybe years, to break free from his or her addiction. Many nights are spent fighting the demons that have held them captive for so long. This process is known as withdrawal.
There is a drug that you don’t hear discussed too often, but it can be found in your local supermarket: it’s called sugar. If you have been following my Instagram stories, you have watched my 12-day journey into my cleansing. It has been the longest two weeks of my life. In my mind I conjured up the idea that I had a relationship with sugar. The relationship seemed a bit one-sided. I felt like I needed it and maybe it needed me. Even though I know I don’t need it, I still want it. A few weeks ago, in an earlier blog entitled, “I have an Addiction,” we discussed my old love for fast food. What we didn’t talk about was my sugar obsession.
After viewing a photo of myself running the New York Road Runners 10K in Queens, NY, I noticed that I looked a bit round around my thighs and stomach. I asked myself, are the extra pounds too much to carry for 26.2 miles?
Two years of watching vlogs, reading blogs and articles, I know that yes, I am going to have to drop some pounds in order to achieve my Boston qualifying goal. It's funny, how many runners believe that their weight does not play a part in their BQ goals. It's scary. I want to make sure that everyone understands that this is not an attack on body image. This is not a campaign to look thin or promote some stupid diet. But let's put it out there, do you see any 500-pound runners qualifying for the Boston Marathon? No. There are so many runners that will tell you your weight doesn't matter. It's bullshit. Listening to them will have you chasing a dream that you will never achieve if you don't make sacrifices.
This post is giving light to the fact that in order to qualify for the Boston Marathon, running is not the only road to get there. We must take into account the other factors that come into play such as: diet, cross training and weight. Weight is something that no one wants to talk about. As soon as someone mentions weight, a black hole appears out of nowhere.
During a conversation with Josh, I could sense his hesitation when referring to my weight. He seemed scared. He seemed to tip toed around the topic. If you know me, you know I don’t tip toe around anything. Something's need to be said. Out loud. As we talked, I noticed his guard came down and the real deal came out. I am in good shape, but I would have to cut a few more pounds and cut down on the junk food to obtain a race weight.
Race weight is the ideal weight runners should be at to achieve their highest peak of competiveness at their particular age. Every runner has his own ideal weight. Race weight is determined based on your age, weight, gender and sometimes your race. Unfortunately, your body weight will affect your performance as a runner. The lower your body mass index, the faster you will be able to run.
I miss candy and the sweets. It has been almost two weeks since I have eatten a bag of candy or guzzle a pack of Gatorade. Yes, I like to eat two bags of candy a day with a side of a few Snickers bars. It works faster than coffee. The first few days were the hardest. I like to eat clean, but sitting at a desk all day candy gives me that extra pep in my step.
The sad thing is that it is everywhere. On sale—the gas station, supermarket and at the corner vendor station. There is even free candy at my job sitting-on the table in my office’s kitchen. This bowl gets refilled every week. Everywhere. Sugar is one of the most powerful drugs in today’s society. It’s so powerful, you don’t even know you're an addict.
Right now, I feel good. The cravings have calm down and I've found other ways to keep myself happy. I have lost a few pounds. Not a race weight, but I can feel the difference. I want to be able to cross the finish line in a few months and know that I did everything I could to make the BQ dream a reality. I will do what I have to do to get there. I don't give a shit. Play time is over.
Week 7 Training Provided by Josh Maio
Tuesday- Maintenance miles
Wednesday- Happy 4th of July. Rode in the community bike parade 3 miles AND 32,000 steps at Kings Dominion.
Thursday- Maintenance miles
Saturday- Fartlek Saturday
Sunday- morning service Church of the Long Run
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