A couple of pictures from the race this weekend:
My new New Balance 1225’s have arrived!
I’m heading to the gym for weights tonight but plan to break them in tomorrow with a 2 miler indoors (new shoe test run) followed by 4-5 outside.
My eating has been rather interesting over the last month or so. Normally I try to strike a pretty good balance of proteins, fats, and carbs although I have a natural sweet tooth (really, I’ve had my DNA tested and one of the things it showed was a genetic tendency to favor sweets. Technology these days!) so my carbs are always a bit higher.
However, as I upped my workouts a bit to prepare for my races my appetite for carbs skyrocketed. They were all I thought about and my body couldn’t get enough of them. I usually tried to focus on complex carbs, although I always have a combination of simple carbs and proteins right after a workout for recovery/rebuilding purposes.
My carb cravings are still higher than normal although a wee bit better since I eased up from heavy workouts a week ago. It concerned me for a little while as I wasn’t too kosher with the idea of packing on a bunch of weight but my weight remains the same despite reduced activity and I feel better afterward. That tells me that my body probably just needed the extra fuel!
Today I’ve had:
– sprouted grain English muffin with natural apple butter
– 3 Laughing Cow cubes
– mug of coffee + skim milk
– sips of D’s Coke
– calzone with broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella, parmesan with tomato sauce
– small snack bag full of pomegranate seeds
– 2 squares Lindt 70% cocoa dark chocolate
I’m feeling pretty good right now. I may be borderline low on carbs as I leave now to hit the gym – can’t tell yet – but I doubt it will be too bad since I had that nice carby calzone at lunch.
I’d love to hear about other athlete’s experiences with balancing their food needs with increased activity.