Today’s post is a break from tradition. Instead of attempting to be useful, I’m asking for advice.
Four weeks ago I started doing the Parkrun on a Saturday morning. It’s a 5k timed run, and I’ve actually surprised myself at how fast I’m going (okay, so I haven’t yet quite broken 30 minutes, but speed is relative, I’m running faster than I have for about six years). However, there is a problem. I’M STARVING.
The run is at 9am. I get home at 10am. I then fixate on food until lunchtime – and pretty much for the rest of the day. Seriously, I was eating lunch at 11am this morning – I had a chicken salad (heavy on the chicken) – I was satisfied for about two hours (an hour of which I spent asleep – this fast running thing is also very tiring), now I wish to eat everything in the fridge again. And when there’s as much cheese in the fridge as there is normally at our house this isn’t a helpful thing to spend your weekend doing.
My gut feeling is I’m not eating enough prior to the run – this morning I ran on a protein shake, last week it was fruit and popcorn (slightly tragic but we hadn’t been shopping) but the really strange thing is, I’m also doing long slow runs on a Sunday. They don’t trigger this same unbearable urge for food. Last week. I didn’t eat before I ran, ran for almost five miles, got back at 11am and didn’t have lunch until 1ish and was happy as a clam.
Does this happen to anyone else? And if so, why do you think it is – and how do you fix it without inhaling the fridge or slowing down how fast you go? All advice gratefully received.