I was so glad to see yesterday’s post so well received. The comments and emails (which I am still responding to!) are evidence we can all relate to the topic of getting stuck, even if it’s through different life experiences.
Divorce may not be a weekly focal point here on the blog but please feel free to email me if you ever have any questions and, as similar post ideas come to me which I feel we can all benefit from in one way or another, I will be sure to share.
I really do love receiving your emails and I especially enjoy reading and responding to comments!
I thought it would be fun (and informative) if I addressed some of the most popular runner questions I receive by email since some of you may be out there wondering the same things.
I picked three runner questions to start with today and figure I can do this every so often, as the questions come in, so feel free to ask me anything!
1. What time exactly do you run every morning?
My average morning run time is 7:30 am which is immediately after my son leaves for school.
For my long runs, which happen most often on Saturdays, I usually begin no later than 7:00 am. (My son is not home Saturday mornings).
In the summer, I sometimes start a little earlier since the sun is up and shining well before 7:00 am.
I never run in the dark. I always wait for daylight and usually stay inside of my community (off main roads) for most of my runs.
2. Do you adjust what you eat when you run more/fewer miles?
This could be considered a complex question but it’s actually pretty simple:
The more miles I run, the more food I eat, especially in the morning.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and probably the one meal which sees the major increase in size when I run more miles.
Pre-run and pre-race standard breakfast – oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter. The amounts of each component may vary though depending upon my appetite or if it’s a race/long run situation.
My average routine run is now six miles. Last year, it was more like four miles.
Without even checking old WIAW posts, I know for a fact that I am eating more (especially at breakfast) to make up for what I am burning through those extra miles.
I do not need to lose weight and the last thing I need is to lose my period.
It’s super important to remember to eat more, the more you are running, to keep your energy balanced and your body healthy.
Even if you are looking to lose weight, you still need to eat and eat enough for your workouts because not eating enough will only hinder the process and slowly hurt your body (lowered hormone levels, loss of period, slowed metabolism, high risk for injuries…)
If you forget to eat more, your body will remind you in the form of hunger.
You will be beyond ravenous at some point (and low on energy) if you aren’t fueling properly!
I always eat before I run and then again within the 30-60 minute window following a run, regardless of how many miles I covered.
It’s absolutely essential if you want to feel your best and recover your muscles.
Post-run is just about always my favorite oatmeal, peanut butter, greek yogurt, and fruit.
I throw in extra of each ingredient when I run more than the average six miles OR if I am feeling super hungry.
Lately, I also add Skoop B Strong (protein powder) to the mix or use it in place of greek yogurt.
I never count calories. I find that just taking a bigger serving of whatever it is I would normally eat helps to balance the whole energy in/energy out the equation with very little thought involved.
And on days where I run less or don’t run at all, I do not eat less than average!
I am still hungry, my body still needs food and I like to think I am topping off my energy stores for the next day’s workout.
3. Which sneakers are you currently running in?
I love my Adidas Energy Boosts, I think I am on my fifth or sixth pair already!
They are my favorite running shoes without a doubt but I do rotate them with the Hoka Cliftons.
I honestly feel blessed (how pathetic am I that I consider this a blessing but I do) to have found two great pairs of running shoes that I can rely on every morning.
The Energy Boosts are my main pair, my go-to race shoe/long run shoe and then have the Hokas come in as recovery run shoes.
I very rarely wear the same pair of running shoes two days in a row which has definitely extended the life of both pairs of sneakers.
What I do want to talk about, perhaps in another post, is which running shoes work best for the treadmill and why.
I do believe there is a difference and we need to talk about it!
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Do you run at the same time every day?
Do you adjust what you eat when you run more miles?
Are you currently rotating your sneakers? Which do you wear the most?