Monday, May 20, 2013
I am training for the oxfam trailwalker....which requires teams of 4 to walk 100km together in under 30 hours through the mountains. We went on our first long distance training session yesterday - we did 40km in 10 hours through the mountains. We were all pretty proud about this, and understandably very very tired as well.
I was presented with a bit of a quandary doing the walk. 10 hours of sustained walking is alot of physical effort, and I seriously doubt that the daily 1200-1500Cal range really applies in this situation...but how much more should i be eating? I decided to do a bit of balance...I kept the food healthy and nutritious to make sure i had the energy i needed to complete the hike, but in much larger portions .
Im really glad I did too....while my friends laughed at all my 'no cal food'....which last time i checked, nuts had calories lol...they had chocolate, caramel, puree fruit...all really quickly absorbed stuff...they died near the end and really were struggling. And more notably, today i feel fine, I am a little sore, but i dont feel exhausted. The other girls, due to having a day walking and consuming pretty much only sugar, feel terrble today. Its a nice feeling knowing there are cases where you can eat more, but also that it reinforces how much better you are from making healthy choices when you put your body under stress and you can compare the resiliance it brings you compared to less healthy options.