Oh hi again!! I realized I haven't posted this year at all even after wanting to post more often. Things are going really well. My running is fast(for me) and the swimming is coming along nicely. On January 29th I ran the Robbie Burns 8k and fell in love with the course, the distance and running again. For a while I had been struggling then just before Christmas things started getting faster and faster. Where I was running 10min/km before I am now averaging 8.5min/km and sometimes even faster than that. In the Robbie Burns run I even did a kilometer in 7:48! That is amazing for me. I feel good and strong.
Yesterday marked 6 months without refined sugar and I credit my faster running to that. No refined sugar means less processed junk food, which means better overall nutrition. Better overall nutrition means better physical fitness and faster running. I have learned a lot over the last six months. There is quite literally no fast food restaurant that you can eat in without getting sugar. Even a salad with grilled chicken has added sugar at McDonalds. It's even in table salt!! I am certainly much healthier now than I was when this started. I feel better, stronger and happier.
As far as swimming goes I managed 750 metres last weekend in about 38 minutes. It's not fast but I am doing it and feel stronger every time I get in the water. I can't wait until it feels easy though. I plan to work on speed once I have the technique down. I don't think I am doing too bad but I can only think of one thing at a time or I get caught up in things and end up choking on a mouthful of water. Swimming is a much more mental game than running that's for sure.
I've also been on the bike a few times at the gym. I am really just going for time and movement right now. Once the weather warms a little I'll be able to pull my bike out and really get training on it.
Six months sugar free and seven months (or less) until my first triathlon!! This year is shaping up very well so far!