All things in moderation, eh?
Yesterday was one of those days. I've been really hungry ever since hiking Timp and couldn't seem to satisfy my belly. I finally decided that perhaps my body was trying to tell me something and that I should eat a bit more than my standard 1200 calories per day for just one day. So rather than a small dinner, I made up some whole-wheat pasta carbonara and ate a decent sized portion. I haven't tallied it up yet, but I probably finished the day around 1600-1700 calories. Definitely higher than normal, but nothing to be horribly ashamed about. Guess what? I finally feel like my body is satisfied. And this morning when I did a spot check weigh-in I weighed less than I did yesterday, so obviously it wasn't damaging and it was what my body needed. I call it a "gimme day."
Sometimes I think we get so focused on the details that we forget to listen to our bodies' needs. Admittedly, I ate only 1180 calories on Saturday which was the day of my big hike. I wanted to stay so close to my calorie goals for the day that I didn't listen to my body telling me it needed more to recover. My muscles paid for it--I was much sorer than I expected and it lasted longer than expected.
I'm going to take this lesson and apply it this weekend. I'm going to properly feed myself before my 10K and after. I also think that improper food timing has been what is causing my pains while I run. I'm testing that theory today with my 3.2 mile run. I'll let you know what I find out!
I've probably mentioned this already this week...but I am REALLY nervous for my 10K. AAHHHH!! Sometimes I wonder why I sign myself up for this things, but then I remember that it is the races/challenges that keep my motivated to run every other day and stay in shape. I'm going to need another challenge after this one!