For many many years as soon as I would get injured and be forced to take time off from running I would instantly stress about the fact that I was going to gain a bajillion lbs because I wasn’t running.
Guess what, I didn’t. At least I don’t think I did, I don’t really weigh myself but my pants only got a little bit tighter but not much.
I think as runners we like to be in control of a lot of things and our weight can be one of them. A nice little bonus to running is that we get to eat more because we are burning so many calories during our runs so we stress out that the second we stop running we will end up packing on a bunch of weight because we will continue to be rungry all of the time.
In my experience, that isn’t really the case. Sure I get a little softer and lose some of my tone but I know the running muscles will come back after just a few weeks of running again.
You really just have to trust your body. When you aren’t running you aren’t as hungry as you are when you are running. Your body adjusts and because you aren’t burning as many calories you don’t need as many calories. If you are still afraid that you will gain weight because you have to take a break from running due to injuries or life situations then take the time to really read and learn about nutrition to help you understand the best ways to fuel your body during your running break. Cut out the extra junk if you are really worried and I promise you will be just fine. Plus, every now and then sometimes it is good for your body to add a few lbs after hard training cycles! The elites do it on purpose!
The point of this whole topic: If you need to take a break because you are injured/burned out or life situations… don’t let the fear of gaining a bunch of weight by taking a few weeks off from running hold you back. Take care of that body of yours, you only get one body (YOGOB;)
You didn’t think you would be able to escape the daily randomness did you?!
Some highlights from yesterday:
1. Egg scramble with spinach, zucchini and green pepper.
2. Watching the World Cup and having the urge to become a soccer player because of it.
3. Dinner at the Happy Sumo.
The Funky roll with eel on the left was the favorite but all three were incredible. I used to be a waitress at this restaurant for a few years and one time a customer dared me to eat a ping pong ball sized chunk of wasabi for $150… I bet you can all guess what I did. Just FYI NEVER EVER EVER TRY THAT, it did not feel very great.
PS there is one thing about my sister that I just don’t understand, she doesn’t like fish and would never come near all of this deliciousness. It is kind of hard on our relationship.
4. Air hockey, another one of my favorite games and we played for so long that it turned into an arm workout for me.
5. Movie theaters, I love you.
And the winner from the PRO Compression Leggings Giveaway is:
Tell me a highlight or two from your day yesterday or your day today!
Anybody that doesn’t like fish? For fish lovers—> favorite sushi roll?
Do you notice a big difference in your hunger levels when you are and are not running?
Last movie that you saw?