What this post will not be: tips on dieting, “banishing the bloat,” getting sexy and slim, and other Cosmo-eque ad nauseam drivel.
What this post will be: me complaining about how my pants are too tight.
I saw it coming. It happens after every race or hard training cycle. That post-race bloat in your cheeks. Those couple of pounds that find their way on to your butt. Inevitable, in my experience.
But still, every time, when I’m two weeks out from a marathon and my fresh-from-the-dryer jeans are a little hard to button? I’m all like: what the hell is this? And then I proceed to eat a massive bowl of ice cream with Nutella.
I don’t think it works to just “listen to my body” and its hunger cues. Not for me, anyway. My body is apparently still 60 miles a week hungry. And that’s probably too much food for someone who’s only hitting 30.
So what is the point of all of this? There isn’t one, except to say in a slightly public way that I’m trying to health things up just a bit around here. After last November’s NYC marathon, I let things slide until January, and at that point was faced with an extra 15 pounds; I should have nipped it in the bud at 5.
So, here’s to one beer instead of two, and three slices of bacon instead of four. At least until I bump up my mileage again. Or until it’s time to start training for the ULS – which is definitely as important as a marathon.
Today’s EAT: I needed something that was kinda healthy and composed of things already in my refrigerator. Enter peanut noodles inspired by Runner’s Kitchen!
I did mine up with shrimp, scrambled egg, red bell pepper and snow peas – hit the spot! I love peanut sauce but turning peanut butter in to peanut sauce always defeated me. Megan’s recipe is spot on, though! I don’t think I’ll be buying jarred peanut sauce again!
Today’s DRINK: If you’re only gonna have one beer, make it count.
This Dogfish Raison D’Etre is absolutely delightful. Rich and red and a little maple-y. And strong, too. 🙂
Today’s RUN: A crappy six miles. Not sure why they were crappy. It was just one of those runs that was off for some reason. Oh well.
Today’s QUESTION: Do you get post-race weight gain? How do you deal with it?