Hungry Hippos Run Fast
This is me precisely 30 minutes after my speed session this morning:
It’s amazing just how much hungrier I suddenly find myself these days. It’s like a light switch was flipped on. My body hit 11 weeks pregnant and BOOM my body also turned into a carb-craving fiend. I mean, worse than marathon training. It’s crazy! Add a little speed work into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for serious hunger pains. I’m doing my best to not whale up:
- Reach for the fruits and veggies first and make sure to have them readily available on demand. check. done.
- Get outside and away from the fridge!! Get busy getting active.
- Drink a full glass of water before meals. check. always done. (I personally consume around 4 liters of water a day based on my activity level. I’ve always been a notoriously thirsty runner but now it’s even more so!)
- Take a daily multi-vitamin. done. I bought some five-thousand dollar vitamins from our local Food Matters market but I think they make me feel way better than the generic brand at Walmart.
- Don’t wait until you’re past hungry, hungry. oops. This causes you to overeat and overeat quickly.
- Graze on good-for-you snacks. almonds, apples, broccoli yada yada
- When all else fails eat an extra nut butter and apple-butter sandwich. check. done.
At the end of the day even all these tips I’ve typed up and all the articles I’ve read still don’t help and I still find myself hungry. I’ll admit I am terrified of gaining weight. Running brought me into a healthy mindset with food, body image and well-being. And I’m so thankful for this sport. However, it seems nothing I do right now can ease the hunger and ease the fear of turning into a lazy slob. It’s amazing how my mind keeps trying to drag me back into high school feelings of insecurity. #hormones
I’m doing my best to continue focusing on what makes my body strong. As far as my “workout” at 11 weeks pregnant the speed part becomes becomes much shorter with more recovery time. I see no reason to push myself to exhaustion or even get close to toeing that fine line. So why do I still run any kind of speed work? Because it keeps me strong, motivated and burns the extra ice-cream calories. 😂 But, really though… 85% of my running is now very easy. Today I only ran 4 x 400 meters (my workouts used to include longer warm-ups and cool-downs and be 800 meters to 3 mile repeats at a more intense pace and sometimes less recovery time.) with 400 meters recovery jog in-between. I started this workout at my recent pregnancy 5k pace (6:40) and whittled down to my goal pace for next year (6:08). Each lap felt faster and stronger despite the dense fog. Working on growing a healthy baby, keeping my sanity and maintaining fitness is what it’s all about!
How do you deal with the “rungries”? Are you a grazer throughout the day or a gorger at meals? Do you struggle with weight, body image, food?
PS-I’m pregnant. Not broken. 🏃🏼♀️🤰🏼
13 Jun 2017 / runpinkjess / 2
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