Good morning, friends!
Wednesday marked my return to post-vacation life and a very busy day at work. Even though I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted all week (time difference? hmmm), I wanted to start the day with a strong run. The plan was a 2 mile warm-up, 4 tempo miles (two at goal half marathon pace and two at goal marathon pace) and a 1.5 mile cooldown.
Basically, I wanted to lay down in Central Park and take a nap after mile 4 and literally stopped to catch my breath for a few minutes. I never, ever do that! It was kind of a bummer, and I definitely had to dig deep to get going again and gut out a run that shouldn’t have been so hard.
It was a pretty humid morning, and I was absolutely drenched and feeling dehydrated by the time I got back to my apartment. I began to think that perhaps all of the dry Cali weather spoiled me the past couple of days, or worse – I was getting a little burned out.
Luckily, this morning I ran an easy 7.25 miler and felt 100% better. Whew!
I think I’m also experiencing somewhat of a cooking burnout, and am still much more into big, easy salads. Wednesday’s included greens, asparagus, broccoli, radishes, cucumber, red bell pepper, avocado, hard boiled egg and hummus
Since I’m not taking classes this summer, I’ve been trying to keep up on my nutrition news as much as possible. This article caught my attention recently, and talks about a study that found Americans are eating around 500 calories more each day than they ate in the 1970s. Yikes!
The study attributes this increase to snacking, rather than portion size. Which makes me wonder – are people snacking too much? Or are they just snacking on the wrong things?
Probably a combination of both, but I also think mindless eating plays a huge role in extra calorie consumption. How often do you grab a handful of M&Ms or chips on the way out the door, leftover pastry from a meeting at work, or bag of cookies on the couch while watching your favorite show?
Sometimes we don’t even think about these seemingly insignificant snacks that can really add up in calories.
Keeping a food diary is a good way to start thinking about the foods you put into your body each day, and can help pinpoint where and when any mindless eating happens. Taking a few extra minutes to plan out your daily snackage is also a great idea!
I wrote a post a while ago about my thoughts on snacking, but here are some of my favorite snack options that are nutrient packed and tasty.
- Apple or celery and carrots with peanut butter
- String cheese and a handful of grapes
- Graham crackers with almond milk
- Greek yogurt with a small dollop of peanut butter, tablespoon of walnuts or berries
- Handful of trail mix or a granola bar (try making them yourself!)
Fats and fiber help the most to keep you satisfied until your next meal, so I try to make sure my snacks include them as much as possible. And also, they must always be delicious. 🙂
Question: Have you ever had to stop during a run? How did you get back on track? Favorite snack?