It’s Week 11 of Boston training and I am in full-on training mode. I average 55-60 miles a week and lift twice, adding in accessory and core work. My body burns through food like nobody’s business and I’m constantly hungry.
I’ve been reverse dieting myself through my entire marathon training cycle. (A reverse diet is the 180 of a diet. Instead of cutting calories, you slowly add, building your metabolism without gaining fat/weight. Marathon training is the perfect time; all the extra fuel helps performance, plus who doesn’t want to eat more?)
I’m currently at 2,053 calories a day, adding additional calories on long run days, which, for me, is anything 11+ miles. That may not sound like a lot, but for a bodyweight of 104-106 pounds, it is. I’ve also joined the 300 gram carb club.
As of late, my eating is sloppy. Actually, that’s an understatement – it’s been atrocious. I’ve given myself a free pass to eat like a toddler because hey, I’m marathon training! I deserve these cookies, and this cake, and that bag of gummy worms. It’s fuel, right?
I’m also not hydrating like I should. No joke, I drink about 60 ounces of coffee in the morning, sweetened with sugar-free syrups, of course. The water I do manage to drink is heavily flavored with Mio. Yes, the supremely unhealthy, chemically-charged liquid drink flavor.
I believe the key to eating, like most things, is moderation. I’m not a proponent of “eating clean,” whatever that means. Those two words actually make me cringe, but that’s a whole different topic.
While I do meet most micro-nutrients daily, my macros are so high I’m able to eat treats like crazy. This whole week I’ve had at least four Girl Scout cookies as a part of my well-rounded breakfast. Yikes. Confession: most days, I meet my micros with vegan gummy vitamins. VEGAN GUMMY VITAMINS. Even my vitamins are chock-full of sugar.
I work so hard to ensure my training is on point, and yet, I coat nearly every “food” particle in Walden Farms. I empty a bottle of Maple Walnut syrup every two days. I order them by the case. Ugh, so much fake sugar and chemicals…
Again, I’m not against using artificial sweeteners or eating real sugar. I believe in balance, but I’m at the point where balance doesn’t exist. I need a do over.
In an effort to clean up my diet, I’m embarking on a self-inflicted one-week “reset my taste buds” cleanse of sorts. Here are my personal parameters.
Let me set down my S’mores Girl Scout cookie so I can type this.
1. No added sugar – real or artificial. Bye, Walden Farms and Diet root beer.
2. No packaged food – unless it’s a whole food, such as a fruit or vegetable.
3. 100 oz of water daily. No Mio.
4. No white flour products. I have no problem with flour, just none of the white, processed shit.
1. Black coffee in moderate amounts.
2. Either a scoop of protein powder or faux meat (Gardein, MorningStar, or the like) to meet protein.
It’s only one week. I can do it, I think. After the week is over, I’ll assess and go from there. I’m interested to see if and how it effects my running, and my well-being in general.
Cheers to a healthier week! Oh, and I’m starting on Monday, naturally.