I went back to tracking my food, not just to ensure that I’m eating clean, real foods, but to track what makes me feel good and what doesn’t for my runs. My long runs really aren’t that long yet and I’m finding that I’m having a hard time getting in enough calories. I’m also finding that with the wrong foods, even the day before, that my GI tract will protest and I’m having to do my runs with my glutes clenched. haha! What happens when my runs get even longer?
Then to top it off, I have a hard time getting enough calories in when I’m eating very clean. Yesterday it took me all day to even anywhere near 1,200 calories which is really low. What’s funny is I ate almost twice as much protein as I needed but didn’t come anywhere near my carbs. I guess I took the need to have more protein a little too seriously.
I’ve also been quite successful in reducing my amount of added sugar. I’ve even taken my favorite bowl of oatmeal and taken the sugar out of it. Honestly, you can’t taste the difference. But my runs are starting to be more than an hour on Sunday and the only thing I can stomach to eat before I go out is a sandwich thin with a little almond butter. I think that’s a whopping 150 calories. I think I may need to add some sugar in the form of some Clif Shot Bloks (finally remembered which ones I was looking for).
Here are some other foods that I researched and found might help me up my calorie intake and possibly not disturb my stomach…
- Sweet potatoes
- Mixed berries
- Dark Chocolate
- Mixed greens
There are other things that I’ve found on several running food but they are foods that I already know upset my stomach. Such as dairy products. Other foods I just don’t like and I’m not likely to force myself to eat them, such as beans.
It’s funny how training for this half marathon is making me think more about my body than I ever half. For now, I’m putting away all my “diet” books and just focusing on eating to run. And not anything prescribed either, every body is unique and following the diet of someone else may not work for me. Sure, I’ll take ideas but if it doesn’t work for me then I’m not going to force it. I hope I get this figured out in the next 14 weeks!
Do you track your food? If you’re a runner or other athlete, how long did it take you to get your diet right for your sport?