Hello friends! Today I decided to join with the very popular trend in the blogging world, “What I Ate Wednesday”.
On Sunday, I ran the Canmore half-marathon. The day after my long runs are usually my hungry days. I just cannot possibly get enough food in my body. This is what is otherwise known as runger.
Runger is challenging to manage. When you literally feel like you want to gnaw your arm off for some food, it’s difficult to eat healthy. I wanted to share today a day of my eats when I was suffering from severe runger and how I managed it.
Breakfast (7 a.m.):
Typical breakfast on a weekday for me is a spinach, banana, peanut butter smoothie with Vega One protein powder and of course, coffee.
AM Snack (9:30 a.m.):
By 9 a.m. I was absolutely starving. Usually my AM snack time is at 10 but I knew there was no way I was going to make it. I drank some water to fill me up while I did some work then finally caved and had my snack at 9:30.
My morning snack is pretty much always the same thing too. Plain greek yogurt with vanilla & cinnamon topped with granola. I had a Vector granola sample that I got from the Canmore race package so I used up half the package. I liked that the granola has added protein but it was mediocore in taste.
Coffee break (11:00 a.m.)
I had a Dietitian meeting at another facility. Around my work I have no interesting coffee places or restaurants, so I never go out. Whenever I go to a meeting though, I like to treat myself to a Starbucks on the way. I got my usual, Americano Misto with 1 pump cinnamon dolce syrup.
I was starving when I got to Starbucks and seriously oogled the loaves and muffins as I went by but decided against getting anything since I would be having lunch soon.
Lunch (12:00 p.m.)
I had homemade vegetarian lasagna with green beans. I don’t have a picture because I was in a meeting with my colleagues and I didn’t feel it was appropriate to start snapping photos of my lunch.
During my meeting my hunger kicked in again by about 2:30 but I had nothing to eat. Sometimes our body confuses hunger with thirst so I made sure I was drinking a ton of water and then had a cup of tea with some milk & sugar to tide me over.
PM Snack (4:00 p.m.)
As soon as I left my meeting I ripped into a mini cliff bar I had in the car.
PM Snack #2 (4:30 p.m.)
I got home about half an hour later and was starving again. Seriously, the runger was in full force! I made myself a snack of cucumbers with 2 laughing cow cheese.
Supper (6:00 p.m.)
Pork chop, baby potato “smashers”, corn on the cob & greek yogurt dill sauce.
This really hit the spot and for the first time all day I felt satisfied. Or maybe it was the glass of wine on the side that I didn’t get a photo of that made me feel so good. 😉
HS Snack (8:30)
One more time feeling hungry. I snack on apples and peanut butter often in the evenings. It satisfies my sweet tooth but this day I decided to treat myself and have my apples with cookie butter. I was not disappointed!
Looking back on the day I’m really happy with how I ate. When runger strikes it’s difficult to not want to eat crap junk food because it’s convenient and satisfying (at the time). This is why marathon training and weight gain often go hand in hand.
By Tuesday, my body was all reset so I must have made up my calorie defecit.