I think I have fallen into the comparison trap. I read several blogs. Okay, like twenty. I love them. Lately though, I have been struggling with eating enough and it is obvious (to others) and me that I am not eating enough. Honestly, I think that is why I am starting to see myself with running injuries. There has to be a link. Therefore, of course, I am going to step up my game. I am not increasing my breakfast amount, but I am increasing my lunch and my snackage. I am not much of a snacker, but I know that I need to be eating more plus some to gain weight. My goal is to gain five pounds before my race, which is May 29th. Knock on wood. I hope I can run it. You guys can hold me accountable.
Anyway, I do compare myself to others who blog what they eat. I guess I just assume that they only eat a salad for lunch I can too. I need more than that! I’m insane for thinking that I can fuel my body with a salad and loaded veggies. I see their portion sizes that don’t even cover the plate while my dinner overflows off the plate. I eat like two pieces of fish plus rice and veggies. I see other blogs who only eat a tortilla with humus and carrots. That’s their meal. Oh, and an apple on the side with a dab of peanut butter. That’s their dessert. My dessert is too much ice cream and maybe cake. Am I wrong? Am I eating too much? No. I am not eating enough. I need more protein and food in general since I have been lifting. Lifting weights uses more muscles thus burning more calories. I should be gaining weight, not losing.
I just feel as if some bloggers don’t eat enough. Oatmeal for breakfast… fine. Salad for lunch… that’s questionable. A 100 calorie bagel with humus for dinner… uh, no. Am I the only person who sees this on other blogs too?
Some blogs have been doing WIAW or whatever and I’m either like, “They eat a lot. That’s good. I should too.” or “They had a salad for lunch and dinner. Why do I eat so much?” I feel guilty, which led me to a low weight again.
During cross-country season, I weighed about the same as I did and possibly a pound less yet I was eating more. I had a pre workout snack, I ate a proper lunch, and I had a huge dinner. I didn’t eat dessert at the time. I don’t know why I assumed that I could back off on eating once cross-country ended when I’m still working out the same and more.
I don’t want to name names, but I feel like Hungryrunnergirl is the only person who actually eats!
How many calories should I be eating? I don’t know the exact amount, but I do workout for an hour and half and I can eat whatever I burned plus… what? Like, 1500 calories more? I don’t know. I should be in the 2000 range. Now this question isn’t for comparison, but how many calories do you suppose you eat a day? What is your biggest meal of the day? Are you snacker?
I’m just curious and also, with your answers, I won’t feel shame for eating a lot. I should consider myself lucky to be able to eat whatever I damn well please. I just want to run and not hurt!
By the way, my knee is not bothering me. It’s like behind my knee that hurts. It’s somewhat my upper calf area. I think maybe last Friday I was babying my foot too much so it effed up my knee area. Either that or it’s my Vibrams strengthening my legs extremely.
On a brighter note…
Monday I met Kara Goucher! She did a Q&A and a book signing. She sold out of her books though so I didn’t get a book signed up, but I will since i signed a list that guarantees me a book with her autograph. The Q&A was awesome. She had great answers. It’s amazing that she lives in NW Portland not too far from me.
This week went by fairly fast. After my breakdown on Thursday, I went to the gym on Friday and my legs felt like lead. I couldn’t run. It’s scaring me because I want to run that race on 29th. I have the endurance. I know I do. I just want to run without soreness and pain. Monday I ran for an hour then I was going to go another 30 minutes and my knee was area was like, “Hell no. You limp back to the gym.” Gosh damnit.
I will remain positive though.
2. Khloe and Lamar – Why is Khloe always talking in that baby voice?
What are you loving this week?
Do you fall into the comparison trap?
Ever had a ITB – iliotibial band syndrome – injury?
Any eating/running/injury advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you, bffz.
No honorable eats today, but stay tuned for tomorrow.