About three weeks ago, I started training for my first marathon. A planner by nature, I spent a while researching training plans, drafting possible schedules and reading books, blogs and articles about running. Armed with knowledge and a training plan that (I hope) fits my life, I laced up my shoes and got started. I’m also incorporating strength training into my routine to prevent injuries and protect my body.
I’ve noticed over the last few weeks I’ve felt hungrier (probably due to the increased exercise) but I also find that I’m getting more relaxed in my food choices. I figure, since I ran 8 miles, it’s okay to eat the extra chips, big bagel, second helping of dinner, etc. Hmmm. Anybody else ever feel that way?!
My body doesn’t handle sugary foods well and fortunately I continue to stay away from those types of food. That said, I’ve been reaching for extra helpings or foods that don’t leave me feeling healthy or satisfied (processed foods, refined grains, etc.) because I’m busy and hungry. I know my body performs better and definitely feels better when I eat vegetables, fruits, protein and whole grains. However, I’m struggling with finding ways to fuel my body (and new workouts) while balancing life (great relationships, a full-time job, exercise, church responsibilities, etc.). I’ve read many blogs and know others struggle with the same concerns but have great strategies to eat healthy in a hectic world. I would LOVE to know your nutrition tips!
*What are your “go-to” meals?
*Do you have any tips for making weeknight meals easier?
*What are your favorite pre-workout and post-workout snacks?
*How do you stay motivated to eat healthy?
*Do you notice a change in your appetite when training for an event?
*How do you ensure you are getting enough food to train without eating empty calories?
Any other nutrition-related training tips would be appreciated! Thanks!