Why hello there!
I am so happy Wednesday is here. We have a quick trip planned this weekend to the beach and it is long overdue. You know when those trips come at just the right time? This is one of them. It also helps that I finally have my husband back on the weekends!
I started off with 9 miles outside this week. I refused to have another non-running start to the week.
I’ve had a pretty busy week so-far. Work has gotten pretty crazy (in a good way) recently, which I hope to share more about with you soon! In the small 4-4.5 hours after I get home from work and before I go to bed I have been trying to pack as much in as possible.
I am pretty excited about this gem though! We finally splurged a bit and bought a desktop computer for me! I have a laptop, but we’ve been looking into getting me a desktop for a while and finally got to the point where we could pull the trigger.
All in all I’d say it has been a pretty good start to the week!
I have gotten a couple emails lately about how I fuel for my running. Most of you may notice that I don’t talk much about food on the blog. Mostly because I am not an expert in that field, so I’ll leave that to those that really know what they are talking about! However, I felt like it was time to give you all a bit of an update so I’ll share a little bit of what has been working for me (disclosure).
Since my original post (almost a year and a half ago) when I opened up about the struggles I have had with food, I have made some pretty large strides. I’m not always perfect (who is!?) but my mindset has changed and that has been the biggest thing for me!
In total I’ve gained about 10 lbs. since then. While I won’t say that has always been easy for me to swallow, I’ve come to accept it. I still want to tone up more than I am now, but I am happy with how far I have come in my running and my body is in a much better place!
I’m in a bit of a tricky time where I want my body to be at an optimal place for running performance while also getting it slowly ready to be in a good place to have children one day. Those don’t always go hand in hand but I’ve been working towards it.
Here are some of the things I’ve been focusing on when it comes to fueling:
When I examined my diet a while back I realized I wasn’t getting enough healthy fats. It wasn’t on purpose, I just wasn’t paying as close attention as I probably should have been to the exact nutrition I was putting into my body.
I have made it a focus to make sure I am getting a source of healthy fats and every single meal I eat. It varies depending on what I feel like on what exactly that fat is, but every meal needs to have some portion of healthy fats in it.
I really think this has made a huge impact on how my body feels and how I perform.
Obviously we all know that protein and carbohydrates are important for running. I eat them every day, but I change around the amounts depending on the type of run I have.
For example, Tuesday after my workout I focused on getting a breakfast that had a bit more protein but still included carbohydrates and fats. I up my protein intake slightly on the days I do a workout in the morning.
On the days where I run easy, my breakfast is about the same but I try to focus on getting more carbs in during lunch and dinner to prepare for my workout the following day.
Timing is something that I am still playing around with. I don’t think there is a set answer for when you should eat what. I change things up if I feel it’s not working. I think this is something we all have to experiment with until we learn what works.
I do know that since I go to bed earlier to get up at 4:00, I have to make sure a majority of my food is in early enough so that it has digested and doesn’t cause stomach issues for my run.
Sticking With What Works
During the week I eat a lot of the same things. The main reason for this is I know that it works. If I have a workout coming up the next morning, my go to dinner is always pasta (anywhere from 1-2 servings depending on the workout) with tons of vegetables and avocado for fats. If I feel I need a little something more I will throw in some protein, usually chicken, on top.
My stomach is notorious for messing up on me, so I have to be very careful. If I try to throw something different at it, it usually doesn’t end up well.
Nothing is Off Limits
I believe that the moment I put limitations on our food, is the moment that I begin to fall back into a mindset I don’t want. While I try to eat 80% clean and whole foods, if I want some candy or frozen yogurt then I am going to have it.
I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today and I am not going to let any foods set me back to where I use to be. I allow myself to eat what I want, in moderation.
If we can’t enjoy ourselves, then what’s the point?
Judging Off Performance
For years I judged my progress off what the scale said. It was a never ending battle and most of the time left me feeling depressed and frustrated.
I now judge myself off of my running performance. If I am not getting the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that my body needs then my running performance is going to suffer. I fuel my body with what it needs to perform at its best. Of course I pay attention to my weight some still based on how my clothes fit. Eventually if I did gain too much weight, it would begin to hinder my performance.
I’m running faster and staying healthy and that is what matters to me. I was 10 lbs lighter but I was unhealthy, much slower and lacked energy all the time. To me, every pound was worth it!
So there you have it. Just a little update on how I try to view fueling my body for running. I’m in a much better place than I have ever been. We all have our days, but I’ve begun to focus on the important things in life and now the number on a scale.
What do you judge your progress by?.