The more miles I run, the more I worry about gaining weight!
run•chies [run-chees] n: the overwhelming, gotta-stuff-my-face feeling experienced by runners and athletes alike, typically characterized by a desperate need for carbs, sugar and fatty goodness ~ from “The Runchies Blogger”
I’ve seen other runners refer to it as “Rungry”
It is true that running burns more calories per hour than any other cardio exercise. I have taken a huge chunk of fat off my body by a good diet and running which I am grateful for. But let’s talk about the other side of that…..stuffing your face like a pig after a hard, long run.
Maybe I’m experiencing it more now because my miles per week are increasing and my body needs the calories to recover.
After I ran my last half marathon in April, I couldn’t eat enough for the following 2 or 3 days.
I’m still a few pounds under my original goal weight but I did want to take off a few more pounds to aid me in my 26.2 mile quest….but with my appetite today, I don’t see that happening.
I did read and posted about it from “running experts and coaches” that an average sized woman should eat 2000-2500 calories per day during the marathon training.
I have also read that it is typical that someone training for the marathon may gain weight. What??? I don’t want or need that.
At the present, I still try to stick to a 1300 calorie diet per day but that’s net meaning that if I burn calories, I can eat more. That’s one of the “secrets” of my 130+ lb weight loss. That’s how running helped me. If I set my calories at 1100 per day and I burned 300 running or other exercise, I could eat 1400 calories a day and still lose the weight. That was my simple formula for losing weight. If I indulged in a Cadbury egg, I’d do something to burn 150 more calories to stay within my goal. I am a big proponent of wearing a heart monitor while exercising, gardening, mowing…etc to get a more accurate calorie burn count.
I really want to take off a few pounds. In mid June when I start my structured training, I was going to increase my calories to ~1700 calories.
So far, I have eaten all but 300 of my days allotted calories and it’s only 5 pm and a Friday night….what about dinner, what about a glass of wine?? HA!