Who knew that this…
Would equal this…
After my awful, very tired, long run on Sunday, I knew I needed to get more carbs in. If I weren’t in a major training plan right now, maybe I’d be willing to have a couple of weeks of missing my mileage, but I can’t afford that right now. Despite eating what felt like a ton of food, I lost 5 pounds in 5 days when I went Paleo. While I do have about 5-10 pounds that could stand to go, I had no intention of losing weight like that. I know it was mostly “water” weight, but I have to think that losing it that fast was a definite indicator that I was just not eating enough carbs to sustain my running.
Enter the lowly sweet potato (and a can of pumpkin LOL). I pretty much added sweet potato to everything on Sunday. Monday morning I had pumpkin pie for breakfast. Ok, maybe there was no crust and maybe I made my grandmother’s pie recipe with coconut milk and no sugar, but it tasted like pie. Then, right before I headed out on my 7 mile run, I ate a banana.
Notice that I planned 7 and ran 11? Yeah, I was surprised too. (And so hungry afterwards that I barely took the time to wash my apple before I started eating.) It was not an amazing run, but it was a solid run. I ran a bit faster in the early miles than I would have if I’d known I was going to do 11, so the last mile was a bit of a trudge. But I love getting my long run in on Mondays and now I’m back on track.
21 miles over two days, 27.7 over three, 43 miles already in January 2013.
7 thoughts on “Sweet Potatoes FTW!”
that is FTW!!
Awesome! I eat tons of everything when I train hard and still the weight drops. I do feel without energy if it drops too fast. Eat, sleep, run is my motto. And then eat some more.
Keep up the good work! I can always tell when I’m not eating enough because I feel terribly sluggish on my runs. With that said, I sometimes find it hard to balance eating enough and also feeling sluggish from eating too much!
That’s great. It’s hard to get the balance just right when you’re training and training hard. But it looks like you’ve done it.
Great job on your running!
Thats the best when you plan a run and then feel great and run even MORE than planned! Go Mama!