Are you eating something filling within 20 - 30mins after the run (containing carbs and protein)?
If not then you will likely graze all day.
After my LSR I have Bergen Bread toast (low GI), scrambled eggs and smoked salmon (99p trimmings from ASDA) and a banana / yogurt / honey smoothie.
I'm then "back on track" and only need to eat as per normal that day.
Make sure that you are drinking plenty after your run. you maybe eating for the rehydration value rather than nutrition value.
try a smoothie. Today I had apple; mango; lemon juice (didn't have a lime but it was still lush) yoghurt and water - made 2 pints. this does me well. I have also had 2 cups green tea and now I feel fine. The garden beckons.
Running Kev - if I ate that lot I wouldn't need to eat for the rest of the dat LOL.
I find I am more hungry if I run too hard on the lsr or its over 20 miles or so...
Personally I think re-fueling is important so will eat if hungry, but try to run a little easier during the run so I stay in the fat burning zone as much as possible and therefore get less hungry. If you are ravenous it may be your using all your gylcogen stores and therefore your body is making you replenish them. Do you arrive back feeling completely wiped out?
Also agree that getting something down as soon you can is good - smoothies are ace as is toast and some fruit.
Tomorrow however, I will graze all day (I also eat more on my rest day for some reason)
Where are your jeans getting tighter? If you're doing more running then you shouldn't really be surprised if your legs (and maybe even your bum) get a bit bigger as they pack on more muscle, hence the jeans getting tighter.
The comments made about eating post-run are good, although like you I don't usually feel much like eating after a long run, so I have to force myself to eat something. Lining up something you really like or are craving for after the run helps, even if it's something a bit naughty you perhaps wouldn't normally have when you're training hard. Yesterday I had two bacon sandwiches after my 21 miler - I figure that they won't do any harm when I've just expended several thousand calories running.
Previously I'd eat a little when I got in from a long run or race, then fill up later when I found it easier to eat.
Of late I have learnt to cram lots of carbs in afterwards, mainly due to the fantastic spread of food available after the our XC league races. Sandwiches, sausage rolls, all good.
Glad you've found a solution, certainly good advice. I've been quite bad and hitting up the chocolate milk after a run, then grabbing something like a tuna roll or a handful of peanuts to make it a little more substantial.
I bet I'm not the first to say it, but well done for juggling wedding prep and a consistent training schedule - I wish I was that organised!
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