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How to eat like a runner...?

Friday, July 26, 2013

I'd love input on this, if anyone has some...
I've looked up the 'runner's diet'... (
ht-loss-eating-plan) But it looks a little...expensive.
I've been running faithfully, noticing the increase in stamina and distance over time. This week, I added in strength training (looked up exercises that supplement running nicely), and I'm hoping to see some weightloss...
Now I've just got to get back on track with counting calories.

I got out of the habit, and now I've got to get back on the horse, as it were. Not easy, as we all know when we start...and it feels like starting from scratch again. But I'll get it done. Now that I'm feeling fitter and fitter, running even longer than my bf on the treadmill (he outdoes me on distance, but his legs are like 3x the length of mine, so emoticon ), I've got more energy and my body looks and feels firmer... I want the weightloss. I want the clothes. And above all: I want the runner's body.
We all know that girl--the one jogging down the sidewalk in short-shorts and a sports bra (and MAYBE a tank top), ponytail flipping about behind her and everyone in eyeshot looking at her with varying degrees of envy...
I want to be that girl.

And there's no reason I can't be.
I just need to get into the food part of being healthy again!!
I can totally do this... A couple months ago, I nearly died every time I ran an 1.5-minute interval. I counted every second that I had to keep up a jog. Now? I'm running for 28 minutes straight and getting off the treadmill without being winded.
So, really. I've got no excuse...especially since now I know how to motivate myself! ('Oh, c'mon, just do as much as you can. Once you start, you know you won't stop! Now, look at that--you're way further than you thought. Tired?? You've got 8 minutes left, you've already done that three times over! Just do it, you know you can.')

Seriously though, if anyone has suggestions on good runner's diets/foods/meals/etc, I'm all ears!!
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    I'm with the others - I try to stay balanced, but a little carb heavier on running days because that seems to be what I need and the low end of my carb range isn't working for me right now. You could look into Paleo (I can't believe I just said that). I know a few people who are having good results on that and Simon Whitfield (Olympic Triathlon medalist) follows it.

    I don't because I just don't have that kind of dedication. Or I'm too dedicated to cupcakes and frozen yogurt.
    1725 days ago
    i agree with LGREGG07, i think as long as youre eating a balanced meal youll be fine. the program in the link you posted seems to be just that - a good balance of fats, proteins and carbs. you can create that balance without having to stick to a rigid menu, just track your food and pay attention to nutrients in foods that you enjoy and can afford. (and believe me, i hear you there. im always struggling in my finances, so there are a lot of great fancy health foods that i would love to try, but just can't afford.) until youre at the point where youre training for marathons, i dont really think theres any sort of special secret runners diet that you must follow for weight loss. definitely dont skimp on the carbs, but other than that...

    (im pretty much in the same place as you - remembering when 60 seconds left me feeling like i was dying, but i just completed the c25k program a few days ago. it didn't seem possible, but you never know what you can push yourself to do until you try!)
    1729 days ago
  • LGREGG07
    I'm not a runner, but I was/am a swimmer ( I say was because it has been too long since I've been in the pool, but anyways...). I think that if you eat a good balance of proteins/carbs/fats within your calorie range you should be fine. What works for your body is completely different from anyone else!

    Good luck (:
    1730 days ago
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