There are plenty of calculators about online which tell you how many calories you should eat given your mileage .... does depend on your size a bit but when I was in my 60-80mpw running + cycling days I think I was on about 4,500 calories per day and *still* lost weight - it physically wasn't possible for me to eat any more. 2,500 calories sounds ridiculously (dangerously) low for the mileage you are doing, so I'd agree with Cougie about the starvation mode thing.
Just for an easy ref:
- an adult woman needs about 2,000 calories per day for normal bodily functions to take place (like sh*tting, kidneys working, heart working, muscle repair, etc. etc.).
- Assuming you are a biomechanically efficient runner not carrying much extra weight, you'll be burning around 80 calories per mile that you run.
10 miles x 80 calories per mile = 800 calories burnt per 10 mile run.
Therefore, even at a conservative estimate, you should be eating 2,800 calories per day.
Um, it might be worth contacting a health professional with an interest in sports nutrition to have a chat about your diet?
Just done a quick 'lurk' and thought I'd come and say 'hello' - good to see so many familar faces still posting (plus some new ones!) although it doesn't really feel like I've been away as I'm still in touch with a lot of you via Facebook. Hope everyone is OK.
Hope the move goes well Cragchick, don't worry about not running, the last time we moved (an international move but pre-kids!) I didn't run for about a week as I never had a spare 20 minutes. In the long run (ho ho) it won't matter.
TurboTid - that's so sad, life is sh*t sometimes, isn't it?
We're still bumbling along ... currently potty training, where did the last two years go? Isabelle is great fun at the moment, and likes anything involving speed and danger. Running is going OK ... I ran a fell race on Saturday (missed a waymarker and did an extra mile ... bah ... so finished further down the field than I hoped), hopefully running another fell race just north of Buxton tomorrow night (really must find out where/distance etc...). Got a third place a couple of months ago and am now finishing in the top 50% in most races rather than somewhere at the bottom so finally feel I'm getting back to pre-preg standards! Think it's because after a winter of working silly hours and being ill all the time I am finally having a bit of time and space to train again!
Right, time to do a bit more work and then a quick spin on the bike ...
I did this one a few years ago and it's one of the best-marshalled races around - you'd have to try really, really hard to get lost. Would add that it's a 'long' 6 miles (more like 7 I reckon) and as it's a fell race there's no water stations so if it's hot you might want to think about taking some water with you.
Seem to recall that there were home-made cakes at the finish plus spot prizes, so worth turning up for!
For short summer races very few people take any extra kit with them at all BUT organisers can make this a requirement with no notice so you might want to bring it with you just in case.