Thursday, December 06, 2012
When I began running I did it with baby steps: C25K, a 5K, treadmill running at the gym, another 5K, some speedwork etc. I never paid much attention to the nutrition of it I just ran.
As my races got longer and I ran more often, I began to think differently. Before, I might have gone out for a party the night before and thought nothing of getting up for a race the next day. I attributed how I felt to the fact that sometimes running is hard.
Recently I finished my first 1/2 marathon (I'm still amazed I can write that). Training for that was a totally different experience. I followed the plan and I began paying close attention to nutrition - pre-race fuel, water, calories during the race and sleep. I could tell during training that those things made a big impact on how I felt while running.
Last weekend I had a 5K. I'd recovered from the 1/2 and I thought "what's 3 miles". I didn't go crazy but I didn't get up and have a good "running" breakfast before the race I just went for it. I. Was. Dragging!
It's amazing to feel the difference in my body when I treat it right. Now that I know the difference in how the two feel I can't go back and unlearn that. This means before races and long runs I will always pay attention to sleep and food. Yes, this means that my habits have changed, I may not go out as often or see the same friends for the same activities as often but I'm convinced it's a good change.