Getting My Grub On: Run/Food Chat
Getting enough calories while training for a marathon can be tough for me. A lot of people have the mentality that long distance running = eating whatever/whenever. Unless my goal is a complete run fail I can’t roll like that. My body is kind of freaky and just can’t hang.
I am one of those eat-several-small-meals-a-day people so I have to pay attention when it comes to increasing run miles. Lately I have been utilizing NutritionData.Com to figure out what my daily needs are and if I am actually on track.
When I completed the daily needs calculator this morning I almost hit the floor. Based on my gender, height, weight and activity ND recommended the following:
Your Calories Burned
Daily Energy Expenditure: 2580 kcal ( 10802 kJ) Additional Calories from Exercise: + 852.0 kcal ( 3567 kJ) Estimated Energy Requirement: 3432.0 kcal ( 14369 kJ)
3,432 Calories Per Day…HOLD THE PHONE.
Back to reality. This is impossible for me. Literally impossible. Unless I turn to a strict pizza diet, Mickey D’s or start slugging down protein shakes all day I am not going to be consuming this many calories.
So now what? Based on the information I put in this morning here is where I was at after breakfast: 317 calories. Yikes, according to ND I still need another 3,115!!! Pumpkin spice latte anyone? Maybe a little extra desert tonight?
Am I a total whack job or does 3,432 seem unreasonable to anyone else?
My plan for now is to continue to watch my nutrition and make sure I am eating a balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner with my little snacks in between. I figure that sticking to lean proteins, carbs, fruits, veggies and whole grains I should be golden. Butttt maybe one of you out there is a nutrition expert and can help a sister out!
How do you make sure you are getting enough while increasing mileage and/or exercise?