Random Thoughts on Eating for Running

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?

eating for running

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…

  1. Bananas
  2. Almonds
  3. Eggs
  4. Sweet potatoes
  5. Salmon
  6. Mixed berries
  7. Dark Chocolate
  8. 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?

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My #SweatPinkSummer

One of the things that I’m working on is becoming more involved with the affiliations that I have. You know the ones listed at the bottom of the blog. That I applied for and was so thrilled about. But I’m not sure what I’m doing there, how to make my way. So I thought that I would make more of an effort to do some of the different challenges put out there. And actually keep up with them. Because we all know that’s a challenge for me. Ummm…yeah, hence the name challenge. So welcome to my #SweatPinkSummer… SweatPinkSummer

  1. Favorite Summer Snack = fruit
  2. Favorite Workout Gear = Polar Heart Rate Monitor, Flipbelt, yoga mat, Apera yoga bag
  3. Summer Vacation = a staycation here in St. Louis!
  4. Celebrate July 4th
  5. Favorite recovery stretch or pose = crescent pose
  6. take a hike = ran 3.21 miles through tree-lined streets
  7. favorite way to #sweatpink = Pilates (although yoga is starting to get there)
  8. favorite book = whatever I’m reading; now it’s The Body Book
  9. #sweatpink with a friend = roller skating with Izzy
  10. favorite summer activity = swimming!

So there you have my #SweatPinkSummer…. What’s your favorite summer activity?

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Some Thoughts On Deep Belly Fat

Last week I was listening to Dr. Marina Kurian on Doctor Radio and she had a guest speaker on. I totally forgot his name which is weird because he’s on all the time and I really like and respect him. Scratch that I rarely call my children by the correct name so it’s really not that unusual that I would forget the name of a total stranger that I listen to on the radio once a month. If you also have this name recall issue, I highly recommend that you call your kids by your pet’s name. They get used to it. Back to the story….

Some Thoughts on Deep Belly Fat

During the show they talked about deep belly fat. This is the fat that you can’t necessarily see, even thin people can have it. This fat is deep inside, around your heart, lungs, liver, and other organs. While it is good to have some to cushion your organs, too much can cause things such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia and some cancers. The reason that I bring this up is because I have issues with deep belly fat; hence, my issues with high blood pressure and my last hernia was actually from excess fat pushing where it doesn’t go. Stupid fat.

One of the things that took me by surprise and was exactly the opposite of what I thought was when Dr. errr…Jeffrey (haha…yes, that’s really my cat’s name. I totally don’t remember the dudes name) said that low card diets are best for people with deep belly fat. For Realz, for Realz?

Here’s the thing; you know I’ve recently read the Whole 30 book (but I’ve yet to actually take this head on) and am learning more about being Paleo but truth be told, I don’t like protein. Sure, cows are adorable and I know they feel pain as evidenced by the hideous screams I hear from the neighboring farm when a cow is giving birth but that’s not why I don’t eat red meat. I just don’t like it. Another case in point, I don’t like beans and Jason can’t have them anyway so that works out just fine. And I can only eat so much chicken and turkey. Fish…now that’s another story. But I guess I’m just surprised that my body craves what it shouldn’t have. Or have I just trained it to like carbs?

Some of the things I’m doing are saying no to white breads, cereals, and crackers and reducing/eliminating added sugars. I still need to get my fruit intake in check because I can pretty much eat my weight in fruit. Every day. I’m also working on increasing my veggies (still). I like veggies, I just feel like I’m wasting them when I cook so many and I’m the only one that eats them. I’ve also eliminated most junk foods, I still drink my crystal light and I’m working on taking it out but I guess I’m just not ready yet.

Hopefully these little changes will add up until I reach the point that I can go off medicine and see my grandchildren get married, and maybe even get a glimpse of my great-granchildren. And if I score a rockin’ bod along the way…bonus!

Do you have issues with deep belly fat? Were you aware that a low carb diet is better to get rid of visceral fat? Do you or will you call your children by your pet’s name? 

Sources: WebMD, Livestrong, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Harvard Health Publications, Mayo Clinic

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