Embrace the suck and be inspired

I love my Feed Zone cookbooks by Allen Lim!

I’m a huge fan of Dr. Allen Lim of Skratch Labs. Allen Lim is a sports physiologist. He was a speaker and a sponsor of CampWILD, the endurance training camp I ran for adults with diabetes as part of the company I owned for 6 years, TeamWILD Athletics.

If you’ve ever exercised with me, you know what a huge fan I am of Skratch Labs products and cookbooks. Every year, when the season gets going, I start making training food from scratch to eat when I’m out doing long bikes or runs! Just this week, I ordered more energy chews to eat on my upcoming long runs and bikes.

A few days ago I got an email from Chris Carmichael that highlighted a podcast one of the Carmichael Training coaches, Hillary Allen, an amazing ultra endurance runner, did with Allen Lim. I’m not a big podcast listener, however, I prioritized listening to this one.

WOW!!! If you’re an endurance athlete,or want to be an endurance athlete, please take 40 minutes and listen to this podcast. It is worth the effort to listen.

Allen Lim is funny and super smart. This podcast is educational, fun, and a reminder of how vital it is that we pay attention to what feels good to eat, and what doesn’t feel good to eat. I appreciate that Allen reminds us to be self aware. Take time to notice what your body likes and doesn’t like. It pays off.

With Allen Lim a few years ago here in Minneapolis!!

Woven throughout the podcast chat, Hillary and Allen talk about the importance of mantras and how valuable positive thinking is when you’re an endurance athlete. A few key things Allen says in the interview:

Embrace the suck.

I love this one! It means, as I understand it, instead of avoiding everything you hate, embrace it. I’ve found when I do that it makes it exponentially easier to move through the suck, and really enjoy the 1% magic. I’m a lover of magic!!

Sometimes a positive lie can be better than a negative truth. 

This resonates with me. It’s how I have survived so many layers of difficult times. It’s ultimately why I, over and over again, tell myself uplifting and powerful self stories.

I have found that it’s harder to change how somebody eats than it is to change their religion.

People generally don’t ask me for too much food advice, but I have noticed the truth to this statement! Again, another testimony of how wise Allen Lim is!

On that note, please take time and listen to this podcast. It takes a few clicks, but I promise, it’s worth it. You’ll be glad you did! For sure, please let me know what you think of it!!

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