Today’s Workout – Recovery
Total Mileage: 8.01 miles
Total Time: 1:16:05
Average Pace: 9:30 min/pace
I am quite impressed I continued my early morning workout again this morning. Today was more of a recovery day than anything else, but since I stick to the treadmill in the wee hours of the morning I opted for a small progression run to keep interesting.
Mile 1 – 9:41
Mile 2 – 9:31
Mile 3 – 9:23
Mile 4 – 9:05
Mile 5 – 8:57
Mile 6 – 8:49-8:41
Playing with the pace helps me keep my mind off the monotony of running on a treadmill and makes it go by much quicker.
The treadmill I run on early in the morning is in our “study/office” and since we have two cats that like to drive me nuts for food in the morning, I have to shut the door. After about 30 minutes it gets CRAZY hot in this room so every morning I get quite a good sweat session in.
I got home from work and decided to run 2 more miles SUPER easy and slow. My legs had been hurting throughout the day and I wanted to make sure they were recovered for my speed workout tomorrow morning.
I just ran an easy 2 miles at a 10:00 min pace followed by stretching and foam rolling.
Today I have been thinking a lot about fueling for running. I have never talked about it previously on the blog but I have had a hard relationship with food. Running in some ways complicates it because it really causes my appetite to go through the roof at times.
I have had to learn the hard lesson (10 added lbs) that even though you run a lot that doesn’t mean you can eat everything you want. The last time I ran a marathon I ate absolutely everything I felt like and when I felt like it, no second thoughts. I didn’t gain a whole lot of weight, but I didn’t get in the shape I needed to be in either.
This time around I am doing things differently. Yes, I give in some nights to foods that aren’t necessarily good for me – like last night I had a wonderful cup of frozen yogurt, my favorite food on the entire planet.
I make choices on what and when I eat foods. I don’t just eat for the sake of eating anymore, I eat at the best times and mostly choose the better foods to fuel my runs. I eat to help my body be the best and perform the best it possibly can.
The most important thing I’ve learned is that food is a balance. If you restrict everything you eat and never enjoy things you will be miserable and most likely you won’t perform optimally. You need to focus on finding a HEALTHY BALANCE and letting yourself enjoy things at times.
These are the rules I try to follow:
1. Eat primarily for fuel.
2. Eat at the right times.
3. Pick healthy choices.
4. Let yourself have a treat now and then.
5. Don’t obsess.
They are simple rules, but they really help me find a great life balance when it comes to fueling and eating.
What is your favorite food to eat to fuel your runs?