Blimey, food is an amazingly complex topic, isn't it? My appetite has definitely increased over the last year, which has corresponded with my 5lb weight gain. I never used to get hungry on a run and even after long ones I had to wait a couple of hours before managing a slice of toast.
About a year ago I started getting ravenously hungry on even short runs, so I started having a light snack about an hour before - a couple of biscuits, a slice of soreen... I think that's where my extra calories are creeping in as breakfast, lunch and dinner are pretty good - cereal, oatcakes and fruit and then 85-90% vegetables for dinner. I think I might need to re-train myself to not snack inbetween meals.
Chunkyftg excellent advice on the scales. I once weighed my cereal and figured out I was eating 14g, half the portion! Hehe, that was a good day...
TinkerBEL, I haven't been tested for that but it sounds interesting. I try and stick to non chemically things (fresh food, home made bread etc) and I do feel better for it. When I changed my diet drastically about six years ago, losing 5stone over a period of about two years, I found that my asthma improved and my hair had new growth too - all for cutting out processed rubbish and increasing fresh stuff!
My mantra always used to be: "each treat has a 1000 calories". If I told myself that every biscuit, chocolate and marshmallow has 1000 calories in, I wouldn't have it. For me, each one does have 1000 calories as I can never stop at one. It's like the dark side - anger leads to hate, hate leads to something else... Isn't that right, Look ScottWalker and TIE Fighter?
Good morning, checking in after the soggy half marathon yesterday, as TIE Fighter's already said. Phew, that was wet! I never thought I'd be warm again after that, thankfully a good ol' hot shower and plenty of layers helped.
Super duper proud of Mr KS too, his first half marathon! He's currently in the 'thank goodness I never have to run again' stage. I predict that in the next few days he'll be looking for the next half, he wants a sub 2! He was only a few minutes off that so he was so close, he'll do it next time.
I am officially resting for at least a week. My body is going to thank me for it, although my brain might not!
That reminds me, Emmy, your friend never came back to me about my portion control issues/lack of willpower, I only just remembered! I am going to start going to a coach in the next fortnight or so, my friends have each seen major improvements in their running (10minute PBs and negative splits) with his help and guidance. Actually TIE, do you want to do that too?
Thanks TimR and all - I think you managed to sum up the issue in one word! Overtraining it may be. Boo. I hate resting. I've been more ill and more tired resting (running three times a week instead of running five and cycling and swimming) than doing. Ho hum.
Emmy - I don't specifically do an extra mid-training cycle race, but if the opportunity presents itself, I'll have a go.
KS - could it be a non-running-related physical issue? Have you had iron levels and stuff checked? And, before Dannir appears and suggests it, is there a possibility, shall we say, of the patter of tiny running shoes?
Orbutt - I do mix up my paces a bit so I do an efforts session with my club on Tuesday, tempo on Wednesday, Threshold on Thursday, parkrun on Saturday and then LSR on Sunday. I'm just not hitting those paces right now. You're right, of course - that was Paris peak. I just feel a bit nofeair because I've had six more months of training. Shouldn't I be faster than ever?! *cries*
Ha RR, no pitter patter but a good point about iron levels etc. The last time I had my blood checked I was told that my iron levels were exceptional and that I must eat a lot of red meat, even though I eat it three or four times a month at most, woohoo. I may use my Time Off Running in December to have a Dr visit. Ooh, if I could get to the triathlon doctor again, that would be good. He gave me antibiotics for my post Loch Ness. cold without a quibble.
Ah, pants. I now spend parkrun/races trying to work out who's wearing pants and who isn't. It's a bit discomforting but it is certainly distracting!
Ooh, interesting. I don't think the by pace plan suits me, personally. I did that for Loch Ness and to be honest, it just stressed me out. If I hadn't hit it exactly right on, the run was ruined. Worse than that, if the people I was running with were in any way (according to me), slowing me down or making me go too fast, I'd have a hissy fit.
I can definitely see where the benefit is, though.
Maybe for Bath half I'll do an effort or even an HR based plan...
Speaking of which, I have been down in the dumps lately. In March this year I ran a 16mile LSR at 9.10min/mil and was pretty much unphased. Last week I ran 12miles at just about 10min/mil, and it was horrible. I just can't seem to get out of this pace rut, I'm getting slower rather than faster. I know, I'm singing the same ol' tune (and that's partly why I haven't been here very often recently), but it's pretty hard to be rational and reasonable when it feels like I'm going backwards - figuratively and literally. Ho hum. I did manage to do a 10k in 55minutes on Sunday - 5 minutes slower than last year and it was super tough. I felt horrible all of the way round and my HRM was at capacity. Ho hum.