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Yes - good luck with your race!!!
As for being an eating Machine .... I can so relate to what you wrote. I find things go wrong when I come away from my reliable and normal routine.
If I want to get back on track I go back to ALL the things I've known to make a difference and literally do a kind of mental tick list. So I make sure I really am doing all the stuff I know works:
1) WATER! 3L per day - check
2) Protein breakfast - check
3) build in 2 morning snacks of fruit - check
4) Carb lunch - make sure I get all the good stuff in there that I love - check
5) afternoon - 1 fruit snack & 1 seeds/nuts snack
6) dinner - Yum, satisfying, filling, thoroughly MMMmmmmm
If I am really careful not to cut any corners or short change myself then I am usually able to get back into a good mental routine but if I skimp or miss out things then it does go wrong and all I think about is food.
Good luck in your race! I ran a 5k last weekend. I think that was part of the problem too. My mileage that week was very low compared to what it's been. I looked back to see what preceded my lowest weight, and it was my highest mileage week. So I know that now that my training is picking up again, I will be fine.
Be as you wish to seem.
I talk to myself a lot about the same kinds of things. When I feel like eating I try to rationalize with myself. When I really don't want to go that lst 2-3 miles I start making deals with myself to just get to the next-tree, block, stop sign, etc. I yell out loud sometimes when I start to give up. So I get some odd looks, but what the heck. I am also training for a 1/2 and coming off an injury. 2 weeks off completely....arrrrggghhhh! Got back to it last Saturday and I feel sane again, lol. I have a 4 mile race tomorrow for St Pat's day.
Don't set your limits until you have tested them...
Upcoming 2010 Races:
--2/14 Birmingham, AL Mercedes Benz full
--4/11 Martian Marathon
--4/25 Road Ends Trail 1/2
--5/1 Kenosha, WI Cheesehead Marthon
-6/5 Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame marathon, IN
-Rest...then figure out more
-10/10 Towpath Marathon
-12/5 Dallas Whiterock Marathon
-12/13 Run like the Dickens 10k
-12/31 New Years Resolution 8k-try for a 4peat
States completed: MI,
I have been trying to take my own advice lately about being patient and not panicking when my weight goes up a little. I have been in an eating frenzy lately, and feeling bloated. Part of me was saying I need to reduce my calories, and the other part was saying I am really hungry and I need to keep eating so I can train successfully for my half marathon. I am finally feeling better today and not somuch like an eating machine!
Be as you wish to seem.