I was reading an article recently about common mistakes that runners make. One of the mistakes listed was “eating whatever you want.” Guilty as charged.
There are days (mainly on the weekend), when I try and justify my cheat meals by factoring in how much I ran that day. Even worse, I give myself extra wiggle room if my run involved hills.
This weekend in particular, I had an 8 mile run (flat). I went home and Sean made me scrambled eggs, tomato salad, and sourdough toast. A couple of hours later we split an entire bowl of pomegranate seeds. Then we went to smashburger (no fries!) and split a boba passionfruit tea. I went to my parent’s house and had a bite of cake that my sister made. Then for dinner, Sean made a veggie stir fry with vegan beef tips. We coupled that with two generous glasses of wine, 2 glasses of whiskey, an Irish car bomb, and a beer. We topped the night off with a Del Taco run. This was definitely way more than the 800 calories that I might have burned on my run.
I get very anxious on race weeks. I focus on my hydration, try to stay injury free, and diet – race week diet means no gluten and no sugar. Unfortunately, anxiety makes me crave sugar and with sugary treats comes gluten. I wind up in this endless cycle of poor race nutrition and regret it during my race.
I am a work in progress and I acknowledge my downfalls.
Now, if I could only learn to say no.