I’m an UltraRunner! Leona Divide 50k 2015 Race Recap

As per usual, it takes me a little while to collect my thoughts and write my big-deal race recaps. I attempted to start writing this recap earlier but I wasn’t quite ready yet, but I am now :).

Sean & I had been taking about my running a 50k for a while, we had originally thought about running the Black Canyon 50k in Arizona on Valentine’s Day.  I was really considering it for a while until after my not so fun experience in Vegas and subsequent low mileage in December.  There was no way I would be ready for a 50k in February and Sean was running the Sean O’Brien 100k the week before.  So we looked for another race and after looking for a while we decided that Leona Divide was a good choice.  It was between the LA Marathon & Mountains to Beach so I should be in better shape than in February.

And interestingly enough, the Leona Divide 50 mile race was Sean’s first ultra as well back in 2013 so it was fitting that it should be mine as well.

So the LA Marathon came, I did decently on relatively untrained legs, then I got sick with a mild version of the flu.  Being sick knocked me out of running for a good week and even after that for the next week – 10 days, my asthma and lungs were not cooperating.  Also during this time, I moved to San Diego.  I set up my home office and got acclimated to working remotely, basically it was a busy, happy but stressful time.

In the weeks after LA, Sean & I would run on a lot of trails.  I would battle with my body, that wasn’t happy with my nutritional choices, the hills and just plain fatigue.  I did not feel prepared at all.  Especially when running 10 miles on the trails was the farthest I’d gone in about a month and it felt hard and exhausting.  I contemplated dropping out but I knew no matter what, I could do it.  There was a 14 hour time limit and even if I had to walk most of it, I could do it.  Now, I didn’t want to be out there anywhere near 14 hours, but it did make me feel a lot more comfortable since there wouldn’t be any racing the clock like in Las Vegas.

And finally, the week of the race arrived.  I don’t typically do a traditional taper any more since we are pretty much always running, but I didn’t really run that much prior so I just did my normal routine.  Sean & I ran together on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, then drove up to Palmdale on Friday afternoon.  OMG, what a long and traffic filled drive.  I have determined that I’m not a fan of being in the car for over 2 hours anymore – lol.

We finally made it up there and went looking for a place to carb load.  I love to eat pizza before I race, but we were having a hard time finding a decent pizza place so we ended up at Olive Garden, which is not a bad place to carb load :).

The next morning we were going to have to pick up our packets at the start so we set our alarms for 3:30am to leave the hotel by 4:30am at the latest.  I set out all my gear and then headed to bed.  There is a lot more to think about when you are running an ultra – you are able to have drop bags with whatever you might need along the way.  I had two very cool drop bags, love my lululemon bags.

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We drove about 30 minutes to get to the starting area, it was chilly by the time we got there, about 42 degrees.  I wasn’t really prepared for super cold in the morning, I had my track pants & jacket for when we walked down to the start but I forgot my hat and gloves, oops.  Fortunately they weren’t needed once we got started.  Last year, Sean said it snowed a bit around mile 5 – 6, thank goodness that didn’t happen this year :).

So we got our packets, picked up our shirts and other race swag and then headed back to the car to warm up for a little bit before going to the start area.  When we got back to the starting area, we were going to hit up the restrooms, there was a huge line, however, we got super lucky, because the port-a-potties arrived just as we got back so we were first in line and for probably the first time ever, got to use freshly cleaned port-a-potties, which was really nice.

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It was time to get in line at the start area.  They made a bunch of announcements that I couldn’t hear but basically they were saying, stay hydrated & fueled.  There were 3 aid stations, one of which we would pass 3 times.  And most importantly, they were not stopping cars when you had to cross the street so to be very cautious and pay attention.

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So after all that it was time to go.  We made our way up the first hill on the road before hitting the trails.  The first 3-4 miles went really well, we started climbing a bit around mile 4 so there was some walking before we hit mile 6 and started running downhill, which was awesome, although it was pretty steep in mile 7, which was our fastest mile at 8:51!  Not too far after this we would hit the first aid station, Bouquet Canyon, which was the 50k turn around and where the 50 milers would keep going.

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Photo from Howie Stern

At this point I was feeling pretty good.  I refilled my bottle with Gatorade, took off my long-sleeve shirt and we headed out again.  We were heading up the hill, running when we could, passing people coming down the hill so we would stop and let them go before heading on.  It was between miles 11 – 12 that things would start taking a turn and some burnt toast moments would start to derail me.

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At one point, I tripped over something and lost my footing, which would end up with me pulling something in my left hip. And this was the time when we hit the steep hill so we walked a lot during this point.  Towards the middle of this section, I started to feel sick, very very nauseous.  I tried drinking more Gatorade and having a ProBar Bolt chew but it just made me feel more like I was going to be sick.  Sean gave me his water and took my Gatorade saying that the water would be a lot better for me.  We kept going, and were on a downhill starting at mile 13 so I walked & ran until we got to the next aid station.

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I would have loved some Ginger Ale, but they didn’t have any.  I had a small cup of Coke, a piece of watermelon and a few potato chips thinking maybe I needed salt and then we headed off.  The next 7 miles were the toughest of the whole race.  First it was pretty hilly at the beginning, my stomach was not happy for most of this time – those potato chips were a really bad choice as well as the Coke most likely and then I tripped a second time.  This time I totally pulled a muscle in my back and I could feel it lock up to the point where if I tried to run, it would just keep tightening.

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I was a mess, but I was determined even if I had to walk I was going to finish.  Poor Sean stayed with me the entire time, running a little bit and then stopping to wait for me, then running.  At this point it was getting warmer and it was soooo dry out, I wasn’t feeling any sweat at all.  We finally go to the downhill to head to the next aid station at San Fransquito Rd.  I was just running down the hill taking it very easy.

We got to the next aid station and I ate about 8 pieces of watermelon, which was pretty much the only thing that I could eat without feeling like I was going to throw up, filled my bottles with water and ice and then we headed off for the last part of the race.

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We fast hiked up the hill and then started running again.  I was feeling better for the most part.  We ran then walked then ran some more.  About 2-3 miles from the next aid station, I started getting really tired so we walked a bit more.  We finally after what felt like a long long time got to the last aid station.  They were out of watermelon 🙁 but I did try a boiled potato which seemed to be a good fit.  At this point there was just 2.6 miles left.

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A few of the 50 milers were dropping down to the 50k at this spot and one guy asked us if we were dropping, to which we were like uh, no we are almost finished we’ll get there.  We took off, I ran as much as I could and then we got to some hills, which I’m not ashamed to say I walked.  I was so so tired by this point but determined to finish!  We got down to the road and started running down.  I stopped to walk a few short sections and soon we were seeing my car and the finish line was almost in sight!

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When we got close there was a girl with a cowbell saying that this was the last turn and there it was – the Finish Line!!  Sean & I crossed the finish line, hand in hand.  We gave each other a quick kiss and then got our medals.

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Finish-line Photos by Stphanie Plomarity Photography.

And I was now an ultra marathoner!

Our official time was 8:03:26, which was an average of 15:35 per mile with over 4,000 feet of climb.

Run-down:
Pros:
*My feet felt great – I wore my Altra Superior 2 shoes and I had no issues with my feet. They were super dirty but there was no pain, just a little fatigue :).
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*The volunteers were amazing! Thank you all so much for being out there to keep us hydrated, etc.
*Sean staying with me the entire time.  He crushed the 50 miler the year before in under 10 hours so for him to stay with me for the whole race even though I was crazy slow, was huge. I love you, babe!
*The course itself was amazing, it was well groomed, the vistas were beautiful and it was fun being out there!

Cons:
*My nutrition, I need to really work on this.
*Feeling sick most of the race, not a good feeling.
*Not feeling confidently trained.

Things I learned…I am so capable of this, I just had a few mishaps, i.e. Burnt Toast Moments, that I think I can avoid next time. And there will definitely be a next time.  I love being out on the trails and I can’t wait for my next race.  There are a few things that I need to do to ensure a better experience.  First and foremost, I really need to dial in my nutrition.  I really need to figure that out because it’s been an issue as of late.  Secondly, I’ll train more appropriately for the race, with more long runs out on the trails.  I already have another 50k in mind for the fall so while I am so very proud of myself, I am ready to go out there and have an even better fully trained experience!

Wedding Planning: Cake Tasting

I don’t talk a lot about things outside of running, but Sean & I have another very exciting event coming up at the end of July.  Our wedding!!!  We are super excited and when Sean had to come to San Francisco for a work conference, we felt like it was the perfect time to get in a little wedding planning as well.

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Let me preface this with a little back story.  When I lived in Orlando, I spent 6 years as a wedding planner, planning over 250 weddings.  It was a lot of fun, I worked with so many amazing couples and vendors.  There are times when I miss it, but it was also stressful and took up most of my weekends which can limit the long run/race schedule significantly.

But that being said, one of my favorite parts of course was when I had the opportunity to meet with a cake vendor and get to experience what my couples got to experience when they went to the shop to pick their cake.

Sean & I have picked a very us venue for our reception.  We went to The Plant Cafe at Pier 3 after he proposed for lunch and then again the next day.  When we decided that we were going to get married in San Francisco, I contacted them and they #1 had availability and #2 were surprisingly reasonably priced for where they are located.  They are an organic restaurant that uses 100% organic and local ingredients, including organic produce, free range organic poultry and sustainable seafood.  This is how we like to eat most of the time, although we do on occasion get off track ;).

The only thing I was a bit concerned with was the wedding cake.  I could get my cake from The Plant or I could get it from another cake vendor and pay a cake cutting fee.  Hum…well as long as it was a good cake, I figured that since it went towards our F&B minimum I wanted to go that route.

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As you’ve probably seen, Sean & I both have a huge sweet tooth and we really love amazing desserts so we had high standards for our cake.  I spoke with my event manager and asked if we did the cake with them, if we could do a tasting.

I’ve been to a number of different cake tastings that are done in a lot of different ways.  Some of the bigger bakeries don’t really give you the option to pick flavors.  Some have it set up with pieces of cake, dollops of filling and buttercreams.  Some make tiny individual cakes.  Our event manager basically just left it up to us as to what flavors we wanted to try, which was a little surprising at first.  I was expecting to get a list of flavors and then maybe if there was something we wanted that wasn’t on the list we could add it in.  They can make both vegan and non vegan cakes.

She did send us a list, after I asked, of different flavors that they had done in the past and again told me that the pastry chef could make anything that we wanted.

So we picked the following, non vegan flavors:

Lemon Raspberry*
Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Ganache & Buttercream Frosting
Peanut Butter & Chocolate*
Almond with Peach Compote & Earl Grey Tea Buttercream
Salted Caramel*
*These were selections that Sean & I picked that were not on the list she sent over

We got to The Plant this week, it was beautiful down by the pier when we got there, and our event manager brought out the cakes.  They were super cute, little mini cakes with a dollop of frosting on the top.

The chef had made 6 for us to try which was even more than I was expecting.

What we tried…
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1)**Peanut Butter Sponge Cake with Raspberry Jam & Peanut Butter Buttercream
2) Chocolate Sponge Cake with Caramel Ganache & Caramel Buttercream and Sea Salt
3) Chocolate Sponge with Whipped Chocolate Ganache & Vanilla Buttercream
4) Almond Sponge Cake with Peach Compote & Earl Grey Buttercream
5) Peanut Butter Sponge Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Filling & Chocolate Buttercream
6) Lemon Chiffon Sponge Cake with Raspberry Jam & Lemon Buttercream
**Extra cake that was made because she had the ingredients on hand

And our thoughts…Yum, Yum! Ok well really, we were surprisingly drawn to different flavors than we were expecting.  I love lemon cupcakes and I really thought that was going to be my favorite but I was a little disappointed.  I think it was just a really light lemon flavor and some of the other cakes were so much more vibrant.

A little note, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate so I didn’t really care for the Chocolate Cake with the chocolate ganache.  But the chocolate cake with caramel and the sea salt – Amazing!! Getting the little kick of sea salt at the end is always my favorite part and this did not disappoint at all.

The Peach & Almond cake was good, it was a different type of cake with a different texture, the almonds were more of a rough chop which made it interesting.  The peach compote was the star of this cake.

The cake that was by far our favorite was the Peanut Butter Sponge Cake with the Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter Buttercream!  I’m so glad that she added this one on at the end because it was truly amazing.  They use an organic peanut butter which gave the cake a nice texture, it was a little oily due to the oil in natural peanut butter, which made the texture almost that of an olive oil cake, which both of us love!!

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So now, we just have to decide if we want to have just one flavor for the cake or 2 since we’ll have 2 tiers.  Decisions, decisions…

Thank you to The Plant for giving us the opportunity to try out some amazing dessert.  It was a lot of fun and I’m really glad we were able to partake in one of the best parts of wedding planning :).

My Favorite Running Things – April

I’ve decided that it’s time to share some of my favorite things.  I tend to be very brand loyal when I find things that I like but that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to try new things.

Here are a few of my current favorites…

Altra Running Superior 2.0 Trail Shoes 

Winner of the Editor’s Choice Award from Runner’s World .

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Ok, yes, I am an Altra Ambassador so I am a bit partial, but really these shoes are amazing.  They are super light-weight and work in all sorts of terrain, I’ve even had to wear them to play softball.  I’m going to wear them for my next trail race and then I’ll do an official review.  

The Probar Base bars in Cookie Dough

Yum!!!  I ordered a sample box of these before I moved and I love the taste.  Most of the time protein bars have a weird taste to them and are full of all sorts of weird ingredients, etc.  These are plant based with 20g of protein in them.  These are a new favorite.

The ProBar, Base, Protein Bar, Vegan, Cookie DoughMy Camelbak Quik Grip Insulated Podium Quick Chill water bottle.

Sean got me started using a hand held last year because holding your hydration = drinking more.  I drink a lot more now than I ever did while running, as evidenced in my last 2 marathons where I’ve refilled my bottle at least 2-3 times throughout the race.  This fits my hand perfectly and isn’t too too heavy.  You can also fit some gels and a lip gloss in the pocket.

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Hip stretches – this is a weird one, I know, but ever since I ran the LA Marathon I’ve had super tight hips.  I’ve started doing various hip stretches, mostly yoga style poses, and while it’s still going to take a while to work, I’ve been noticing a lot of improvement.

IMG_3965 IMG_3966There are so many products, exercises, foods, etc out there that it’s hard to find a favorite sometimes.  I’m sure I’ll find something else and these current favorites will change, but that’s the fun of trying new things.  I’ll never be bored, that’s for sure :).

What are your favorite running things?

 

Suja Fresh Start Juice Cleanse

Last week, the Monday after I moved to San Diego, Sean & I started the week off by doing the Suja Fresh Start Juice Cleanse.  We had been eating a lot of unhealthy foods on the weekends and while we were eating well during the week, it was adding up and making us, well me especially feel not so great.

As the saying goes, you can’t outrun a bad diet – lol.  I don’t think I had a horrible diet but just a combination of a lot of travel, eating out and too many desserts were taking their toll.

So we decided on a Juice Cleanse to start us off.  We picked the Suja Cleanse after a lot of research and looking at various cleanse, pretty much because it was the most inexpensive.  Juice cleanses are expensive and we don’t have a juicer or the time and patience to do it ourselves.

Suja is made here in San Diego, so even though it is a national brand, it is still a local business and they sell the 3 day cleanses at Whole Foods (at a discounted price from their online store).  The Whole Foods prices was $129.95 + tax and the Suja online store price was $162 + $36 shipping.

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Each box includes 3 of the following 16 oz juices that are to be consumed in this order:

1) Breakfast – Glow (Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Collard Greens, Peppermint & Spearmint Tea & Spinach)

2) Mid-Morning – Fuel (Carrot, Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Lemon & Turmeric)

3) Lunch – Purify (Carrot, Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Beet & Lemon)

4) Mid-Afternoon – Fiji (Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Collard Greens, Lemon, Ginger & Spinach)

5) Dinner – Green Supreme (Apple, Kale & Lemon)

6) Dessert – Vanilla Cloud (Almond Milk, Honey, Coconut, Cinnamon, Vanilla & Nutmeg)

They recommend starting the day out with a cup of hot lemon water so I did that all three days, mostly because I like to have something hot to drink in the morning.

Here is my recount of how it went & Sean’s will follow.  We wanted to give you both a male & female perspective on how this went.

Day 1: Mon, Mar 23
Started the day with a cup of hot lemon water around 7:15a
Juice 1: Glow around 8:00a
I have a weird taste in my mouth, not sure if that’s from the juice or from having been sick. I’m not really feeling very energetic – more sleepy.

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Juice 2: Fuel around 10:15a
Tasted better than I was expecting since I’m not a huge fan of carrot juice
It’s been 2.25 hrs – I’ve really been fighting off the whole blood sugar dropping issue – trying to drink more water but it’s not really helping the hunger issue

Juice 3: Purify 12:50p
I don’t really like beets but it’s not too bad taste wise. I’m just so hungry…
Hum… It’s been about 45 minutes….since I finished this bottle. My ears are feeling hot and I’m definitely sleepy.

So bad but I took a little nap on my lunch break.

Juice 4: Fiji 3:15p feeling really sick – Sean and I are talking about eating real food to get us thru, we are so hungry.

Juice 5: Green Supreme – 6:15-30p – this one made me feel kinda sick – it tasted fine but I think my sugar was so low it was like a shock to the system.

Sean got home around 7ish and we went for a short 2 mile run. My legs felt so sluggish and by the end of the run, I was exhausted. This juice has a bit more calories, 220 vs the others that were under 200 for the bottle.

Juice 6: Vanilla Cloud – tasty and somewhat filling. It says to drink 3 hours prior to bed for proper digestion but I was so exhausted, I think I fell asleep about 20 minutes after I finished mine. I slept relatively well and didn’t feel hungry so that’s good.

Day 2: Tue, Mar 24
Started the day with 2 cups of hot lemon water

Juice 1: Glow around 8:30a I took about 45 minutes to drink it. I’m feeling a lot better today, so far anyways. I’m not feeling like my sugar is dropping every 5 seconds.
More hot lemon water – just because I like it 🙂

Juice 2: Fuel around 10:45a
It’s noon and I’m feeling like I have a lot more energy than yesterday
I still want food but it’s not quite as bad.

Juice 3: Purify 1:20p
I’m hungry and my stomach feels like it’s going to start growling. I still have more energy than yesterday but I really want to eat something more substantial.
It’s 3pm and I’m getting a little tired, I feel like I should have a snack
I ended up eating a ½ of a small sweet potato around 3:45p. I’m not sure if it really did anything for me.

Juice 4: Fiji 4:15p I wasn’t super hungry so I guess that the sweet potato helped a little but I needed to get the juice in so I could have something before Sean & I go for our run this evening. There isn’t a lot of time left to drink the last 2 before I go to bed.

Juice 5: Green Supreme around 7:30p I drank this after my run with Sean and then about 30 minutes later I drank Juice 6 Vanilla Cloud and promptly fell asleep lol.

Day 3: Wed, Mar 25

Started the day with some more Hot Lemon Water – I like having something hot to drink in the morning and since we didn’t have any green tea at the time.

Juice 1: Glow 7:30a.  It’s almost 9a and I’ve got a headache, I’m feeling lightheaded and a little hot & cold (fluish)

I’ll be honest, after this I got distracted with work and stopped writing my experience.  I drank a lot more green tea and all my juices.  Around mid-day, I did eat a half of an avocado and I drank my last green drink on the way to my softball game.  Sean & I drank our Vanilla Cloud after our run about 8/8:30pm. I felt a lot like day 1 on day 3 – weak and run-down.

IMG_3738 And we are done! Yea!

They recommend starting back on real food slowly so I started Thursday with an energy bowl from Jamba Juice, then a half an avocado & baked egg, a bowl of cereal and then for dinner, we had avocado salads, miso soup & a California crunch roll from the local sushi place.

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I exercised every day while on the cleanse, I ended up losing 8 pounds, I’ve since gained back a lot of it, but I was super weak while exercising.  Running 2 miles seriously felt like 15 and I had to force myself to run every step.  Even after starting to eat real food again, I’m still dealing with the calorie deficit to a degree.  I am extremely lucky to have a fast metabolism and I eat small meals all day long so this was a huge shock to my system, especially after having been sick the week before.

I had always wanted to do a juice cleanse and I am really glad I did it so I could experience what it was like.  Would I do it again?  Maybe for a day.  But I don’t think that it would be good for me and my body to do this on a regular basis.  Not only do I need more calories, I love food.  Drinking juice here and there is fine, but it’s so not the same.

Sean’s take 🙂

In preparation for our Suja 3-day Fresh Start juice cleanse, I decided to buy the Suja 3-day Essentials Fresh Start cleanse available exclusively at Costco the week prior. The Costco version consists of 3 organic juices (a spicy cayenne lemonade, a mega-green juice, and an almond-banana milk) per day and a recommended mini meal plan to compliment or supplement the juices. The beauty of the Costco option is that it’s extremely reasonable to tryout at $30 for 9 juices, a $10 investment per day.

I successfully ramped up with the Costco Essentials plan, and each day I supplemented the 3 juices with a big healthy salad from Green Spot Salad Company which I ate for a late lunch. After my ramp up period, I flew out to Phoenix for the big move. Jenny and I enjoyed some solid meals over the weekend before starting the full cleanse, and we picked up our 18-juice kits from Whole Foods on Sunday. I should note that for folks living in San Diego, the Hillcrest Whole Foods has a ton of the Suja kits in stock, even though it was clear that a lot of kits had recently sold.

 So, I’ll skip over all the amazing details Jenny has already covered about the juices and their contents. I did take some photos of each day as I went, so I’ll let those to the talking. In general, I really enjoyed the cleanse. I definitely did feel like the first day was the toughest as I’d skipped coffee and had what I can only assume was a bit of a caffeine deprevation headache. On the second and third days, I wanted to make sure my calorie intake was slightly higher as I had additional activities planned in addition to daily runs with a boot camp on Tuesday and a softball game on Wednedsay, so I supplemented on those days with one small salad consisting of organic mixed greens, spinach, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, corn, red peppers, sprouts, jicama, avocado, and apple. I did not add dressing or egg or bacon or any other protein that I might have normally. We were allowed to eat raw veggies as part of the rules of the plan so I definitely took advantage of it.

Day1 

The juices were all very tasty. I love green juices and the overall variety of the 6 different juices. My favorite was probably the 2nd juice each day which had a carrot and pineapple base. My least favorite was the 3rd juice of the day due to the beet, although I will admit that it was relatively subtle and still very drinkable even if you are not a fan of dirt flavor, err, I mean beet flavor… haha.

Day2 

Although I did feel the calorie deficit each day (enough to cut roughly 5-6 lbs), I really did feel energized and in a healthier state with each day of the cleanse. My goal was to really bring some focus to my eating and fueling strategies, and I could definitely see myself doing  this plan monthly or even trying out a longer juice plan in future. I love chewing my food, too, so having the raw veggie salad was a saving grace. For a bit of back story, I’ve been eating large salads daily since 2013 and am a huge salad person. I will also comment that doing this cleanse really does make “real” food taste amazing once you add that back in, so if you’re bored with the tastes in your current diet, this could really reset your taste buds. 

Last Day!!  

I admit that I did miss my normal caffeine infusion in my diet, so I supplemented with some black tea and that was actually quite nice. Tea was technically also allowed as part of the plan as were the raw veggies, avocado, sweet potato, and broth. I do have a small vanilla creamer addiction which I normally add into my coffee. It’s a habit I’m trying to cut back on as I know the partially-hydrogenated oil in there is not ideal. I did end up using one teaspoon of creamer in my tea on days two and three. I did manage to refrain from eating any desserts that were brought into our office on the first day… apple pies and home-made stuffed cupcakes… OMG that was tough. I, did, however, manage to wrap up a cupcake and save it for Thursday after the cleanse was done.

Ok, that’s it. I’m starting to write a book here. I would like to thank Jenny for sparking the idea for us to try this cleanse out together. I’m so happy that we did. 🙂