There’s this thing that happens to your body when you train to run a marathon. It’s called Runger. Runner + Hunger = Runger. And it’s a very real thing.
During peak training, you’re running more than ever. You’re burning more calories than you normally do. And, unless you’re an elite athlete, you’re not used to doing this much exercise.
Translation: you need to fuel accordingly.
Refueling with carbohydrates and protein within 30 minutes of workout replenishes depleted stores of energy and helps to repair muscles tissue faster. Additional fruits and veggies help to maintain a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals in your body while you’re pushing yourself to your physical limits.
A few ways to make sure you’re keeping up with your body’s needs:
- Keep a food journal along with your running log.
- Eat when you’re hungry.
- Eat calorically dense foods like whole grains, meat, and legumes.
- Eat the rainbow at every meal.
- Eat a small snack between each meal.
Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and eat a bowl of cereal during peak training weeks. It happens. Just don’t make it a habit, rather, for emergencies only.
Whatever you do, feed the beast. If you starve it, you’ll never get out of your runs (or race!) what you’re working so hard to achieve.
Dieting has no place in marathon season.
Now go out and run!