This Runner's Trials

Tummy turmoil, solved? And other questions answered

Posted by runnerstrials

One of my favorite bloggers, Lizzy, “tagged” me to answer some questions. I usually shy away from games like this and FAQs because… well, I think I’m pretty boring :) Truth.

But, one of these FAQs was something I planned to blog about this week, so you’re getting the answer to that plus 4 other facts about me.

1. What do you like most about blogging? It’s no secret that my favorite part of blogging is my wonderful friends. Blogging helped me connect with like-minded, awesome friends here in Charlotte and all around the country.

Well, that’s the answer I would have given you before last week. I always assumed I stumbled into blog land to make friends. But now I see why I really found blogging: I just found out I’m lactose intolerant.

Before you get all concerned that these two facts have nothing to do with each other, hear me out.

My favorite food group is dairy. Hands down. A year ago, I would have said I could not live without it. Then I stumbled across blogs and met friends who try to follow a vegan lifestyle. I had no idea people chose to not eat dairy before this. In the past year, I’ve tried many vegan recipes and- gasp- enjoyed them.

I’m not thrilled about my diagnosis at all. Pizza and ice cream were seriously my two favorite foods. But I’m trying to keep things in perspective. I thought my husband was going to die this past weekend, but instead he survived the Ironman. See? Things can always be much worse.

How did I come to this diagnostic conclusion? My doctor encouraged me to stop eating dairy. I did, to an extent. I still had yogurt every other day, milk in my coffee, and pizza the night before my marathon. I was then told to cut out all products that contained milk for a week. It took me four days to get better. On the seventh day, I had yogurt and got really sick. A few days later, I had what was possibly my last slice of cheese pizza and spent the night in the bathroom :( Blood tests also showed that nothing else was wrong with me.

2. What is your perfect Saturday?

Hmmm, that would totally depend on the season. Let’s pick summer because summer rocks. A long run followed by a nice beach day with my BFFs and hubby. If I could do that everyday, I’d be one happy- albeit skin cancer’d- girl.

3. What is your favorite meal to cook or eat?

If you couldn’t tell by the absence of food posts on my blog, cooking is not my thing. But I heart baking. Especially Christmas cookies. I bake 12 to 15 different kinds each year.

My favorite food to eat used to be pizza. But now I can't have that anymore :( So I'll go with nut butters.

4. What would be your ideal workout?

Running a half marathon on a flat course on a 60 degree, overcast day :) Oh and I’d obviously PR and place since this is “ideal” land.

My second favorite workout would be a sprint triathlon… on a flat course ;)

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you move?

I’m from NJ. My family is in NJ, my BFFs are in NJ, the Giants, Surf Taco, world’s best beaches, and most wonderful areas to run are all in NJ.

But I have always wanted to live in New England. It’s one of the few areas of the country that every time I travel there, I never want to leave. On a recent trip, my mom and I spent the entire drive home trying to figure out how we could move there. Seriously.

I’m not hating on Charlotte. I am truly very happy here and do not see us leaving in the near future.

I want to hear your answers to these questions :) More importantly, does anyone have lactose intolerance? Were you eventually able to tolerate some milk products?

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