Food. We eat it for fun. We eat it to socialize. We eat it to feel better. We eat it to survive. As athletes, we eat it for fuel.
And if you know me even a teeny tiny bit, you know that I love food. Wait, that’s an understatement. I LOVE food! No, not quite. Is there a word stronger than “love”? I [insert that word] food.
Naturally, food has played a huge role over the course of my 100-miler training for Pinhoti. I have adopted a hybrid diet of eating vegan, plant-based meals on weekdays and Sunday, a Russian roulette of meals on Friday nights to strengthen my stomach during long runs the next morning (spoiler alert—fish & chips and running 22 miles don’t mix well), and ALL THE FOOD on Saturday.
Here’s a peek at my weekday meals:
Butternut Squash with Chili Yogurt
Chickpea and Spinach Stir Fry
Friday nights used to be sacred, food-wise. Every meal ingredient was carefully chosen so as to not anger the tummy come Saturday morning during a long run. Those days are no more. Now I play the “what new and strange things can I eat and keep down” game each week. Best case scenario, I learn what foods fuel me well. Worst case scenario, I have really shitty (come on, we’re all friends here) runs and learn to suffer through. Either way, I’m strengthening my stomach! I think.
I’m a firm believer in making sacrifices if you want something. However, I also like being realistic. And let’s be real—me eating clean on a football Saturday will never happen. There’s too much BBQ and nachos to be consumed.
So while I’m not exactly shedding pounds (as proven at the doctor’s the other week and the steroid-induced weight gain after), I am eating balanced meals to fuel this 100-miler training. We’ll see next week just how well my plan worked!