One of the biggest challenges in my training has nothing to do with the physical act of running. I struggle week after week with fueling myself for the milage. There were a few days after long runs where I ate multiple dinners and even one day when I had three separate breakfasts. On two occasions now I’ve had dinner with John and made the trip to Subway just hours later because I can’t get enough to stop the starving monster in my stomach.
I know many people would think this was an awesome problem because it’d allow them to indulge in more sweets without the guilt, but it doesn’t work that way for a runner. Although the calories in ice cream and chips and salsa might help me consume the calories I need, my next run would feel terrible. Sometimes it feels like a lose-lose. I definitely question my sanity and if it’s worth it.
I finally found a breakfast that works for me before running double digits: two pieces of toast with jam and a banana. In addition, I eat energy chews while I’m running (every four miles or so) and even drink an entire Gatorade. I’m trying my absolute best, but I can’t stay ahead of it. It’s a daily battle that seems extra difficult this week. Only allowing myself one run this week, I’m hoping some time off allows me to refuel properly.