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2/26/11 2:47 P

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That's because you're a lean, mean running machine.
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2/26/11 8:23 A

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Also, the general rule of burning 100 calories per mile is just that... general. The more fit you are, the less calories you will burn, and the lighter you weigh, the less you will burn. 100 calories per mile is for a 150 pound person. For example, when my BF was running at over 200 pounds, he was burning closer to 200 calories per mile. I burn about 55. :(

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2/25/11 5:07 P

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Thanks for all the great answers! I'll be sure to look more closely at what I'm eating and my recovery. It's so easy to get into the mindset that because I am running so much, I can eat anything. Not good. I went and picked up a bit more fruits and veggies so I have more choices at hand, other then granola bars and such. :) Thanks again!

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2/25/11 9:04 A

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I have to agree with MBShazzer in it what you eat that helps with the hunger. I just ran my first marathon a few weeks ago, and during training I lost about 10% of my body weight over 5 months, and was rarely hungry. If I was, it was generally at bed time, so I would have a small bowl of cereal to shut up my stomach enough so I could get to sleep. I never counted calories, and even had a daily piece of chocolate, and the occasional frozen yogurt and even chips. Overall though, my diet included lots of grains, beans and greens. I'm not a vegetarian, and my meat pretty much included chicken and fish.

As others pointed out, you must be sure to refuel within an hour after your run. The Recoverite is great; there are other recovery fuels out there, too, and as MBShazzer pointed out, chocolate milk is good. Just make sure the milk is low fat, not skim or non-fat. A little bit of fat is needed for your body to properly absorb the nutrients you need.

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2/25/11 8:53 A

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Hmmmm...I'm torn on this one. First, SparkPeople has a great calorie tracker that will work (coordinate) with your fitness tracker if you keep both up to date. The calorie tracker should give you a pretty good idea of the range you should be in. It is impossible to give you a number without knowing height, regular daily activities outside of running and weight goals (to drop a few or just maintain).

I run 63+ miles a week and swim somewhere around 3 hours a week and when possible put in another 60 or so miles on the bike. Still...with all of that I can over eat and gain weight. I have noticed this year that I do much better when my protein and carbs are balanced (meeting both goals) and I stay highly hydrated. My mistake in the past has been to eat when I should have been drinking more water.

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2/24/11 9:09 P

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I think 1900 is not enough for what you're running. Try increasing by a couple hundred a day and see how you feel - I think your body is telling you that it needs more! I run about 38 - 30 a week, and although I don't count calories, I would have to guess it's around 2200?? I let my hunger guide me for the most part, and some days I'm more hungry than others. Good luck!

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2/24/11 5:37 P

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First of all, congrats on the weight loss! WOWZA!!!

Next, I agree with Robyn... I do think that if you eat really clean, you can avoid a lot of the raving hunger. And KMJ brings up a good point about fueling properly before, during and after running.

I lost weight while training for both of my full marathons and I didn't really up my caloric intake all that much. What was key for me was eating clean (lots of high fiber grains and veggies - my fave was AGABAG, which stands for "A Green, a Bean and a Grain - grain was typically brown rice, barley or millet). Also, I invested in a recovery drink made by Hammer called Recoverite - I would drink a glass (it's a powder you mix with water) right after my run and it stopped hunger dead in its tracks. You could try drinking chocolate milk as well - the key is the carb:protein ratio, which I think is either 3:1 or 4:1.

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2/24/11 4:59 P

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I have been through the same thing when I was training heavily. I don't know what the appropriate number of calories to consume, but I have always worked on the philosophy that if you are physically hungry you should eat. Make sure you eat before running & eat within an hour of finishing. I also found that I had to start drinking energy drinks (very diluted) to make it through the entire distance. If you are craving salty junk food, you may not be rehydrating properly and energy drinks may help balance your electrolytes better than water alone. You are burning more calories and you do need to make some of them up to break even. My advice is to find healthy snacks, veggies or healthy proteins and you will feel better without the guilt that too often comes with eating crap.

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2/24/11 4:58 P

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I think the more important question is where are your calories coming from rather than are they enough. The longer my runs, the less processed and more nutrient dense my foods had to become, and the more care I had to take to make sure I was getting a good carb/fat/protein ratio.


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2/24/11 4:39 P

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I'm about 2/3rds into my HM training, and my long runs are now 10+ miles on the weekend. I am running about 20-30 miles each week. I try to stay around 1900 calories a day. But the last 2 or 3 days I have just felt hungry. Food that used to keep me full until lunch, no longer cuts it. My stomach is rumbling with in a hour it seems.

I'm not to worried about losing weight, but I certainly don't want to gain any. Although I wouldn't mind a few more pounds lost ;)

My question is are my calories to low, to high? I try to keep them the same everyday regardless of running or not. I've tried playing around with them and seem to lose weight when I eat OVER 2000 a day, but this seems like a lot?

Any suggestions on what to do? I'm always hungry, and I just seem to want to eat junk lately. Need to kick this hunger problem, so I can get my eating back to normal.

Should I be adding more calories now that my mileage has increased? This just seems to get more confusing as I go. The only thing that has gotten easier is the running ;)

Thanks everyone... I hope this made some sort of sense. :P


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