This is one of those things that a lot of people don’t really want to hear. Anytime I say it aloud, I’m met with “oh, please” or eye rolls or an explanation of how “lucky I am.”
It never occurred to me how much food is required to fuel the body. But the last month or so of workouts have been a little brutal. From what I can track and tell, my daily workouts burn anywhere between 1000 and 1500 calories. With my base calorie requirement, this means I need to be eating between 2500 and 3000 calories. Now, I could eat some french fries and call it a day.
But when you’re trying to eat only healthy food, that’s a heck of a lot of calories. Take lunch today for instance, in order to achieve 850 calories, I included pasta with basil pesto (which was a majority of the calories, honestly), an egg salad sandwich (2 hardboiled eggs and 1 tbsp of wasabi mayonnaise) on olive bread, and a spinach salad with balsamic vinaigerette.
I think one of the most shocking things running has taught me is how little I used to eat on a daily basis. It was never with the intention of “dieting.” I always just thought I was choosing healthy foods at small portions.
I realize now that I need to learn to space my eating out and to time it fuel my workouts. Some weeks I do really well, and other weeks–like last week–I fail pretty badly. The fatigue that results is unbearable.
My experiment for the week is to track my food during the work week (when my workouts are the hardest oddly) just to make sure that the final 7 weeks before my race are not an utter disaster.