Eat to Run & Run to Eat
Best part about running other than the endorphins? Eating.
Whether you are training for a race or running recreationally, making sure you are fueled properly and replenishing your food stores, is very important. Runners are notorious for having BIG appetites because of the calories that they burn. For me, french fries are my favorite food post-run/race. In fact, my high school cross country/track coach would stand near the finish line and yell "FRENCH FRIES!" to get me to pick up my pace. It worked like a charm every time. But, every runner is different as to what he can eat to feel his best.
Lately, I have been reading Eat And Run by Scott Jurek. For nearly two decades, Jurek has made a name for himself competing in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. "Anyone can be an ultrarunner," says Jurek, "No matter how far you go, every day's run is a journey of discovery and the chance to explore what's possible in sport--and in life."
In his book, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career--as an elite athlete and a vegan--and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting, fishing, and cooking for his family, to his early beginnings in running (he once hated running), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and becoming a vegan, to his incredible record-breaking races, Scott's story will empower you to rethink how you run and transform your thinking of food as fuel.
You might be thinking, "Oh great! Another runner gone vegan! What is this crap? I'm not going to read this book, let alone buy it." Give the book a chance. I am a carnivore; there is no way that I could give up meat because I enjoy a hardy, juicy steak on the grill, but this book has been very inspirational and motivational to me. I may even try some of Jurek's vegan recipes that he provides in the book, but tweak them to meet my "meat" needs. His novel has also made me realize that eating fried foods for recovery fuel is probably not the wisest option, but I believe that sometimes you just need to treat yourself.
One of the practical lessons that Jurek shares in his book speaks to stretching, which is something that I struggle to incorporate into my training. He says to focus on the "Runner's Five."
The Runner's Five
2) Hip Flexors
5) Iliotibial (IT Band)
If you are looking for a good read or want to take your running to the next level, I highly suggest this book. I am not finished with it yet, and it has already helped me improve and change the way that I look at running and eating.
Yours in running love,