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No more dairy for these girls

Posted on Feb 16, 2011

I like  milk. Ice cold, preferably straight out of the glass container.  Half and half, yes please, with or without coffee.  I probably have given Ben and Jerry’s CEO a nice retirement by now based on my consumption of Phish Food alone.   Now  I recognize how revolting this is for an athlete’s palate… Whatever. I figured I was working out enough to enjoy a bit of this every now again.   This past November I got news that changed everything.  It turns out Eva is milk/soy protein allergic.  Since I was feeding her via the superboobs, I was told by her pediatrician to give it up, cold turkey or continue to watch her projectile vomit on everything in a 2 foot radius.   I nodded my head in agreement and committed to making this change. I left his office  not sure the full implication of what I agreed to and then maybe a tear or two was shed on the way to the car.

After a thorough purging of the refrigerator (partitioning off milk products in a corner for JB alone), I started my search for satisfying milk replacements.  Everything with the labels coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk, soy free,  and dairy free were purchased (thank god for Whole Foods).  Suprising to me is that within about two weeks, not only was Eva doing better, I was feeling better too. I credit the dairy free movement for getting rid of the last 8 pound of prego weight. I noticed a happy baby and happy runner in me.  You know if you have an irritated gut from milk, let me tell you. Especially while running.  That feeling did subside with this new diet change.  I don’t think my running improved in a drastic sense by any means.

So here are my new favorites: almond milk by Silk, almond butter by Martha Natha, Coconut bliss frozen dessert, Rice milk “cheese”, Hemp protein powder blended with berries and rice milk and coconut milk creamer for my morning coffee addiction.  And by the way, milk is in everything (casein, whey, sodium caseinate)… start looking at labels and you will see this challenge is intense.

Will I ever do dairy again… probably at some point..Don’t addicts get a chance to fall off the wagon everynow and again? I  really do miss good cheese. But this non-dairy lifestyle is also very addicting.  It feels a little cleaner and lighter on the gut and my baby is happier without it.  Boy what we mommas will do for our babies.  I hear this is just the start.

My new obsession

 
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Back out there

Posted on Feb 9, 2011

Yes, its been quite a while since the last blog post. But I have a legitimate excuse.. or a few at least. Cliff notes version of the last 6 months: Pregnant and running still, very pregnant and getting compelling looks to stop running, overdue almost 2 weeks and shuffling, 30 hours of labor during which I walked probably 6 miles and then finally, Eva LaRue made her world debut on 9/23/2010.  Then we planned to move to Reno to be near family.

Seeing Eva’s face for the first time was the most extraordinary moment of mine and JB’s life.  Giving birth made running 100 miles seem comparatively simple and easy.  But what’s funny, is now that I am training again for my next 100, running long distance seems very hard.  I get out there and wonder what I am doing and how to do it. I just put one foot in front of the other and try to find the joy that I know I get from the run.  But my confidence is zero. I reminisce about being in shape and cruising through the trails.  And so here we are- one crazy circle of pain.  Ha.  Half in part because I am only sleeping about 2-4 hours each night. For the last 4 months.  Eva is apparently an insomniac like her momma… not good for anyone in the house.   We are all cranky and sleep deprived, yet blissed out on the fact that we love Eva so much. 

Three days after Eva was born I walked 4 miles in Golden Gate park. I felt like my bladder was going to fall out on the pavement. Sorry for the gruesome details. But its true. Yikes.  So I went slow and added a little distance at a time and did my first real run 3 weeks post partum, much to my physician’s horror.  My first 10miler was at 6 weeks post partum. It has been slow and upredictable since then.  I am still running low mileage-if I get 40 miles a week, its been a good week.  I have races on the calendar and so the question is now, how can I manage to ramp up my training so as to not totally suck this year of running.  That will be the prevailing question.  That and how can I manage to work a full time job, keep Eva fed (breastfeeding and running with these ample boobs is another post altogether) and get her laundry done and oh, try not to eat freaking fast food for dinner.

How do the ultrarunning mom’s do it? Please send suggestions…and maybe some coffee.

Either way, glad to be back out there, even if its slow and a bit tedious for now.  Next up is my 21 mile run in Auburn this weekend to prepare for Way too Cool 50 k in about a month.

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