The Nutrition/Food Part of Marathon Training
Why is foam rolling such a pain in my ass? Oh yeah, because I have a sore glute. It’s nothing serious, just your run-of-the-mill tightness that needed to be worked out with this torture device:
Adam and I used to share this nice soft foam roller but recently he bought this super hard monster to take care of business – ouch!
Today is the day that I run my 5K time trial! I already know it’s going to go really well because I finally parted with $12 of my hard earned dollars and bought Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. I’m going to listen to Bad Blood on repeat and GET IT DONE: 36:51 is the time to meet or beat so that I can set 5:59 as my goal for Chicago. That’s about a minute faster than the 5K PR I set back in December, but also about on par with the fastest 5K I’ve ever run during training.
One of the components my new coach has been stressing is proper nutrition. This is such a shaky subject for me since most people know I battled an eating disorder for a long time. I never think about calories in/calories out and I just try to not to think about food choices as little as possible. This may be one reason why I eat the same things almost every day, who knows…
I’ve recently realized that I spent a lot of years thinking about what I was eating, and now I’ve spent the last couple of years doing my best to not think about what I’m eating at all. Neither one has really worked out “the best” for me, although I would say right now I am happy with where I am at on my journey.
The last couple of days I’ve been thinking more about what I eat. I enjoy a good piece of fruit as much as anyone else:
And I also enjoy a tasty cupcake too:
Sometimes I make green smoothies:
And sometimes I make pepperoni pizza:
If I’m being honest, Adam and I eat out quite often. Probably much more than the average couple. Could we cut back? Sure. Will we? Probably not. It’s something we just like to do and it’s convenient.
I could make healthier choices when I eat out though, and this training cycle I’m going to try very hard to do that. Instead of thinking, “I ran 15 miles today, EAT EVERYTHING” I am going to try and listen to my hunger cues better.
Last year was my first time in the marathon rodeo ring, this year I know what to expect. It’s time to look at all the things I could have done better last year, and put those things into place so I can meet my goals this year.
But first…. that 5K time trial. Here we go!
How do you deal with runger? Do you carry healthy snacks around with you? What are your favorite on-the-go snacks?