The Other 1/2 of the Training Puzzle: Fuel
I was reading Run Less, Run Faster (again) on my subway ride downtown to teach class this morning when I came across this:
“Runners who train vigorously and assiduously are often not willing to be as disciplined with their eating habits. We are convinced that they fail to reach their running potential because they are not properly fueled for their training.“
I’ll admit, I somewhat fall into this category. Overall I’m a pretty healthy eater, but I also drink a glass of wine most nights of the week and could stand to eat fewer brownies.
As intensity heats up and mileage increases during marathon training fueling that gnawing hunger with healthy foods becomes a big challenge. So far during this training period I’ve gotten away with being a bit sloppy in my food planning and with cooking at home, but I’ve reached the turn around point where I realize that honing in on my eating will help me reap the rewards of all that hard work I’m doing while in my running shoes.
Also from Run Less, Run Faster:
“We have seen runners in our training studies improve dramatically with improved nutrition as much as with dedicated and smart training.”
How I’m Feeding My Runger:
- Adding Sun Warrior protein powder to my post-run smoothies.
- Pinning recipes that I will actually make.
- Spending time planning out meals, shopping for ingredients, then carving out time to cook.
- Filling my plate with a double servings of greens.
- Adding in sweet vegetables to dinner to help control my sweet tooth.
- Reducing vino intake.
What do you think? Is that first quote from the book accurate? Are you more disciplined when it comes to your eating habits or your training habits?