Food is Fuel… and I Didn’t Have Enough Today

1/30 Workout: Ran C25K W7D1 on treadmill 3.28 miles / 38:00 1. incline; WH Mag Kettlebell workout 20:00

Today’s run started off so well… and ended not too great.  I had to stop for about 10 seconds 15 minutes in to my first 20-minute run, then another 20 second break halfway in to my last 4-minute run.  All in all, I wouldn’t say it was a bad run, but it wasn’t a good run either.  I ran a little slower than I have been the last couple runs, averaging a 10:10 mile run pace today, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.  I was running a 14:00+ mile pace not too long ago.  And I did it instead of giving up.

…………………………

I knew right away why my run didn’t go as I had hoped:

Not. Enough. Food.

Even though it seemed like a lot of food at the time, the food I ate in the first 2/3 of the day really wasn’t high enough in calories, protein, or other nutrients to help fuel my run.

Today I ate:

  • Bagel thin with a little bit of peanut butter
  • 2 salted rice cakes with a little bit of peanut butter
  • Fun size Twix bar
  • Banana and apple
  • Activia Light [Peach]
  • Medium sized salad for lunch (w/ yellow pepper, carrots, goat cheese, and two small slices of deli meat)

By the time I left for the day, I still had ~12 Weight Watcher Points Plus left for the day.  For me, that’s a lot to end the work day with because I only get 29 PPs for the day.  Usually on days that I run, I only have about 5 – 6 PPs left and then I earn 4 – 5 Activity Points, which puts me right where I should be point-wise for dinner.

[For those who don't know how Weight Watchers works, every food you eat or drink is given a certain "point value" and based on your weight, you're allotted a number of Daily Points that you can eat a day.  The only zero-point foods are certain fruits and veggies.]

So what did I learn for next time?  Eat food with more sustenance.  

Unless I want to have another sub-par run.  And I don’t.