This week began with something I look forward to every 4 years, the Track and Field portion of the Olympics. While I am a bit torn on the Rio event because of numerous doping scandals, I still can’t help but be glued to my computer or tv for coverage to watch some kick-ass ladies compete. I am a sucker for the 1500m, 800m and steeplechase, and want to watch every heat. However, being someone who has run 12 marathons, the Olympic Marathon always pulls at my heart. Sunday, I was like a kid again sitting 2 inches from the TV screen, cheering, screaming and gasping while watching Shalane, Amy and Desi compete with pretty incredible finish times. I can’t wait for even more exciting races this week.
Now, on to what you came here for...
This week’s workouts included:
This week’s random thoughts:
I had a busy week with tons of workouts, a long run with so much climbing and a weekend of playing tourist with family that was visiting. Usually by the end of a long training week and personal commitments, I am pretty pooped and starving, and lately we are talking hangry level. The great thing about this week though, is that my eating seemed to be pretty in balance with my energy because I didn’t let myself reach that dreaded hangry point.
Hangry: when you are burning so many calories, and you are so hungry that you can become angry. Yes, this occurance is pretty typical at this point in my training, as I push a bit harder in my workouts, and run longer miles. Eating during training season can become it’s own sport. The key to “winning” this hunger challenge is to keep the extra calories you are craving and consuming mostly healthy options. It is soo easy to overeat everything in sight at this stage, and as a result can be counterproductive to your training. As a runner, I know it is easy to eat the entire pizza after a long run, and I will admit, I love rewarding myself with a great post run meal. The trick though, is too not talk yourself into believing you can eat the whole pizza every night while you are training for a big event.
You need to balance your reward meals with other great foods that keep restoring and fueling your body, especially if you want to recover properly. I am by no means a nutritionist, and completely encourage a Sunday donut, but I have swung the pendulum both ways. There have been plenty of training cycles where I don’t pay attention to what I am eating, and don’t get a nutritional balance to my meals. There have been other times I didn’t eat enough, lost weight and my muscles suffered because of it. This training cycle, I am trying to manage this constant hunger by keeping a supply of my favorites in my pantry. This includes the following:
Those of you that know me, know I could go on and on about food. I love eating and I love enjoying the food scene here in LA. Do you have a favorite food, or snack that I need to try? I am always looking for new recipes, meals or latest healthy snack.
Check back next week, I’ll be sharing another list of favorites. This time, it’s what I listen to during my long runs.