As you may have read in my last post, I had my first glutening and it took me out for the entire week. Since I wasn’t able to get my runs in it got me thinking about celiac disease and marathon training. I was out for a full week; I was able to walk towards the end but for about five days I couldn’t do anything. I went to work, came home and crashed.

I am already having a hard time wrapping my head around running 26.2. I want to. I want the challenge but sometimes I start to doubt myself. I seriously hopped aboard the doubt train while glutened. Running is really a mental game and I often find myself losing.

I know to be careful and watchful of gluten but accidents do happen. The final weeks leading up to a marathon I will need to be extra vigilant. I will not miss my chance to prove I can run 26.2 because I ate gluten.

But there are 16 weeks of training leading up to worry about. 16 weeks. 4 months. That is a long time. I want to make sure I put in my best effort in order to finish the marathon in under 5 hours. I already know I miss a few week day runs here and there due to scheduling issues; I do not want to miss a long run and subsequent workouts because I had gluten.

I do not want to be laid up on the couch when I could be out running. What do you do to beat the mental roadblocks to running? Do you have an autoimmune disease that affects your training? How do you deal with it?




Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.