As I promised I want to explain what I have figured out in regard to dieting, running and carbs.
But first, hill runs! Yesterday was my first hill run day since before the half marathon (over a month ago). The day overall was a long day. I woke up at 4:00am as usual and didn’t get home until after 5:00pm – not usual. So needless to say, I wasn’t in the mood to run up a huge hill, let alone several times. Fortunately TJ was home and asked if I wanted him to come with me. That was a huge help. We ran a couple of miles and then headed for the hill (or mountain as I call it in a previous post). In the end, I ran up and walked down (to preserve my knees) 3 times. The hill is really steep for an eighth of a mile and then medium steep for another eighth. We ran up the whole way the first time. The second we only ran up the steep part, but ran as fast as we could (I’m sure TJ had no problem keeping up with me). Finally we ran the whole thing again. It was tough, but the benefits outweigh the incredible effort that I had to exert. The last time up, I stopped at the end of the steep hill and said I couldn’t go on. It was only for a second and then I continued. TJ reminded me that you are never to make a decisions while running up hill. Good advice. So it was a good run, made much more fun with TJ along for encouragement.
Now on the carbs. My love hate relationship with carbs has been well documented on this blog. If I eat them I gain weight. If I don’t eat them I can last a couple of days, but finally I crash and devour half a pizza. My question has always been, how to run, not gain weight and still eat carbs for energy.
I thought to myself, what if I eat carbs every day? If I can eat some carbs, that will help my running and maybe I won’t crash at the end of the week. So I went to the grocery store and looked down the bread isle. I looked at the bagels. I’ve always been warned that bagels are the worst food for anyone trying to loose weight. They are great before a long run or a race, but not on a daily basis. Then I found what I wanted. I picked up Thomas’ Hearty Grains 100% whole wheat bagels. I scanned the barcode with my fooducate app (great app BTW) and it came back as an A-. Wow, very few foods are ranked that high, let alone bagels. These bagels had only 2g of fat and 49g of carbs. They are not heavy. In fact they are rather light for a bagel.
So I eat one on Tuesday morning as a snack. It helped. I didn’t feel like I had to eat junk that night. I eat one each day this week and felt great. It took the edge off and I lost the 4 lbs I had put on last weekend. I am back to 180 and feel so much better. Tonight will be the test. Pizza night… I’ll try to report the results, but pizza is my favorite. I may end up doing what my brother suggested and just eat plain cheese pizza so that I don’t get too much junk in me. Also I have to stop at a piece or two and not go on to eat 5.
On to my busy day at work and then a 6 mile regular run this afternoon. Looks like rain all weekend. I guess I’ll be running in the rain.
Life is good.