Running + Thai Food = Very Bad Things

Apparently things have to happen twice before they become fact.  This is not uncommon, and I will use my children as examples.  R is very allergic to peanuts (and tree nuts).  She had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with her cousin 3 years ago and was fine.  4 months later, had a cookie with some peanut butter and ended up in the ER having difficulty breathing and now has to stay away from all nuts (and anything made near nuts).  My son M was given amoxicillin as a baby, and broke out in pox all over his body.  A year later, the doc prescribed it again (not sure the reaction was related to the med).  He broke out again, so now it’s off limits.  I’m guessing this is standard practice – if it happens once it’s a coincidence.  Twice, not so much.  So is now the case with me and Thai food.  I have an absolute love of Tofu Green Curry.  The ONLY curry I’ve ever found I like, and it’s fabulous.  If you read way back to my posts in January, I mentioned eating Thai food the night before a race at Fort Story.   The race where I stopped at mile 1 and threw up.  I had a sneaky suspicion it was the Thai food rearing it’s angry head, but didn’t want to condemn one of my favorite meals.  Alas, two times is the charm.  I had Thai for lunch on Wednesday, then went for a run 4 hrs later.  Just as last time, I made it nearly a mile before losing my lunch in the neighbors lawn.  After staggering home and lying on the kitchen floor for 20 minutes, I came to the definite conclusion that I cannot eat Thai food if I’m going to run within 24 hrs.  So here is my dilemma.  I’m going to be running pretty much every day until the marathon….which means NO THAI FOOD FOR 6 MONTHS.  I’m am very saddened by this realization.  I think I’ll have to tell D that for my 37th birthday dinner (which is 9 days after the marathon), that I want Thai food.  A lot of it.

Yesterday’s run was on the treadmill.  It was 99 degrees, and while I really want to train in the heat so I have no surprises in Chicago – especially given last year’s events – I didn’t think that level of heat was smart to run in.  Of course the run felt easy since the ground is actually moving for me, but I only felt like I cheated a little bit.  I’m hoping to do today’s run outside this evening, but based on the kids’ schedule, it’s likely to be 8pm or later before I get out there.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll get up early and go down to First Landing for a group run.  It sounds like a good idea now…but involves waking very early on a weekend – so I can run, get home, and get cleaned up before R’s 1030 swim lesson and A and M’s 1215pm TKD evaluation.  Not likely 🙂

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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