Yesterday afternoon after deciding NOT to have the Reese's I was dying for an afternoon run. Despite the fact that it was 23 degrees I bundled up and hit one of my favorite routes and decided to do a quick 2 miles. When I said quick, I didn't know how quick it would actually be.
Considering I usually average a 10-11 minute mile (12 when I'm running long), I reached the end of the route and was completely blown away by what had just happened. I tuned the rest of the world out, turned some Maroon 5 up, and just got into the zone. It felt liberating and so refreshing to get into this run even though my fingers were freezing. Amazing things happen when you fuel your body with real food.
This past month I've really been dialing in on my nutrition. I've been trying to fuel my body with real, whole foods (my favorite really) in order to see what else I can accomplish. After eating as clean as possible (only cheats being Quest bars when I'm trying to get in more protein) I'm blown away by how my body was able to move at this pace relatively easily. I've been reading SuperLife by Darin Olien: The Five Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome. I was looking for a book that would give me more insight on how our incredible bodies work and this book was just the ticket. Amazing things happen when we fuel our bodies with real, unprocessed food. While I may have missed out on the few moments of bliss the Reese's would have brought, I know I've gained so much more. I'm so glad I resisted a moment of instant gratification, but more on that later. :)