One of the best and worst things about running is the hangry factor.
Not familiar with it? Here’s a very scientific definition from Urban Dictionary:
I fall into this camp. All. The. Time. Marathon training just makes it worse. I honestly feel like I can’t find enough fuel for my body… and I’m only a few weeks in, still building mileage up.
Many people think that since they are marathon training, they can eat whatever they want… they’ll burn it off. But this can result in weight gain. After all, your body is working hard but it doesn’t give you the right to indulge on everything you want. The important thing is to find healthy options that give you the nutrition your body needs to make your muscles stronger and more efficient.
At work, this can be really tough — especially if you don’t pack enough for the day. This one of my major issues… I pack snacks and a lunch, but just not enough of it. So by time 4 p.m. comes around, I have eaten all of my snacks and don’t have anything left. When I get home at 7 p.m., I snack like crazy… but then dinner is in an hour.
You would think after 13 marathons… I would have this down! I have learned though. For one, just snacking on an apple isn’t enough. It’s important to have a balance of carbs and protein so that it can help you feel full for a longer period of time. Some of my favorite snacks are:
- Apple with a handful of almonds
- 15-20 grapes with Babybel cheese
- Animal crackers with string cheese
- Greek yogurt with fruit (<– I don’t eat this much anymore because after The Plan, I learned it doesn’t react well with my body but it’s a really good option)
I’ve started to learn to pack an extra fruit in my bag just in case. I feel like those are good calories that you can always have a few more of, compared to if you are adding in more carbs or snacks with higher calorie content.
The one thing I’ve struggled with recently is going out with friends. This is going to sound so weird because I am logical and know that I need to eat — even if others aren’t. I mean, not everyone runs everyday — let alone marathon training quantities. But there’s something about being out with a group of people and being the only one who has to eat. It makes me feel slightly piggy. Is this crazy? Does anyone else feel this? And how do you get over it?
What are your favorite snacks? Do you have severe hanger issues?
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