A question for athletes

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ElsieSoproni
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A question for athletes

So my boyfriend and his family are signing up for Ragnar this year and invited me. I REALLY want to do it and I said I would, but as I've started training I've found it's begun to upset my body's homeostasis with food. I'm havibg a hard time knowing what and how much extra I should be eating and when. I mean, we can't all be avoiding exercise forever. I workout regularly (I've worked back up to it), but training up to 17 miles in a day is different from regular, moderate exercise. The event isn't till September. I really want to do it (and for completely healthy reasons). My question is, what has worked for you?

beachykeen
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Honestly it's about listening

Honestly it's about listening to your physical cues. I just finished training and ran the LA marathon and had similar concerns. It was especially tricky since my form of purging was starving and over exercising. While training I made a conscious effort to listen to my physical cues. If I ate what I thought was normal and was still PHYSICALLY hungry I simply ate more. On my long runs (anything over 8-10 miles) I made sure to have a snack/protein bar with me to eat while I was out. At some point (I don't quite remember when) I started taking 2 bars with me and often had a smoothie as soon as I got home. I never paid attention to calories or subscribed to a specific eating plan. I just made sure I stuck with structured eating (especially important when you're embarking on a new training program) and made sure to not deprive myself. That was the most important part. Your body will tell you what it wants/needs, you just have to listen. I came home one time and was CRAVING a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I hadn't had one in years, maybe decades. But it was suddenly the most perfect food.
Hope this was helpful and good luck.
Feel free to PM me if you have more questions. I'm not on here much anymore but if I get an email saying that I have a message I will definitely get back to you.

ElsieSoproni
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Thanks, that helps. I think

Thanks, that helps. I think my problems are when I start telling myself I can have whatever I want whenever I want because I'm exercising a lot. And that is dangerous territory and completely ignores my physical cues. I'll try and stick to my structured eating plan except when my body demands more. Nice work, by the way!

Marie00000
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It's a good point. I've been

It's a good point. I've been having a tricky time with eating enough for my energy demands because I've been playing lots of hockey lately. Avg. 2-4 games a weekend and they exhaust me. When they are late at night, I am revved up for hours after; even though I am exhausted; I am stimulated and stay awake. I am not actually hungry, but feel like I should eat at night because I've just worked out so much.

What has been working for you girls in order to not over replenish your body but to maintain enough input for your exercise regime?

Any advice much appreciated :)

ElsieSoproni
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I'm still figuring it out. I

I'm still figuring it out. I cut my training back and I'm starting up very slowly so I can gradually work it in. I find that when I am not hungry but I worked out a ton, it comes back to bite me several days later, not immediately. I think for me the biggest thing has been getting enough protein. As long as I am eating enough of that I am finding that my appetite regulates itself pretty well (I hope). Likewise, if you figure something out, please share haha!

ElsieSoproni
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Also HYDRATION.

Also HYDRATION.

beachykeen
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In hindsight, I know I ate

In hindsight, I know I ate enough because I didn't actually lose weight while marathon training. So, apparently I was consuming enough to refuel what I was using. A few people commented that I looked smaller so i guess maybe I was toning up. I stuck to structured eating, stayed with safe/comfortable foods and really tried to pay attention to physical cues. I think the only thing I changed was volume of food. I definitely ate more on long run days.

ElsieSoproni- I cut my training way back, only running 3days a week- long run, recovery/30min run and a longer, slightly faster but not crazy run. I pretty much did the bare minimum to train to finish. It provided structured exercise much like structured eating.

Marie00000- I often had a smoothie or something as a post workout regardless of if I was hungry. Mainly because my schedule often didn't allow for variance of meal times and I ran in the morning. It was preventative from being famished by lunch time. Are you waking up hungry on mornings after night games? If you are, that's probably a sign that you need a little something to tide you over.

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