Just a little over a week to go before the big race. I ran 10 miles yesterday morning, and it was actually kind of easy. Who is this living in my body? It can't be the tired old bead maker who hauled herself out of her studio last February and barely made it 10 steps in those new running shoes before having to walk for five minutes just to catch her breath. At the time, I thought maybe I could get in shape by September, but I wasn't totally sure. I'm amazed and relieved to see for myself how much control we have over the condition of our bodies.
I'm quite sure I wouldn't have come this far on my "old" diet, and that this super healthy, whole foods, plant based thing I'm doing now is the perfect fuel, at least for me. I agree that every body is different, and that we all need to discover what works best for us. But the one thing I truly believe is that no body needs meat or dairy or any animal products at all. Some might get away with eating these things for a while, but I honestly don't think anyone needs them. And from my own experience these last two and a half years, there's no better way to feel your best and do your best than to get friendly with the plant food kingdom.
After all these months and all this work, I actually feel like I'm ready to run a half marathon. As Chevy Chase so eloquently put it in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, "I wouldn't be more surprised if I woke up in the morning with my head sewn to the carpet." Of course I haven't actually done this race yet, but even if I don't make it (which to me is not an option), I'll know how far I've really come, and I'm feeling really good about it.