I love to run. I love food. Fueling for running has been one of the most difficult parts of recovery/healing my relationship with food, but this past marathon taught me that God has brought me a LONG way. I love to eat, but no longer do I run to eat donuts or ice cream or so I can have ‘extra calories’ to eat. It’s taken a while to get there, but I have learned that even though I don’t run to eat, I have learned that I need to fuel myself well for running.
One of the biggest struggles with long running is that the running often has suppressed my hunger, and it’s hard to eat when you’re just not hungry.
Yet as someone with a history of restriction, I have to be intentional about running and eating and re-nourishing myself.
One of my very favorite resources about running and nourishment is Sarah. She has some incredible resources about intuitive eating, running, and eating ALL the foods without restriction.
I wanted to talk about what I’ve learned about fueling and running especially in the midst of healing my relationship with food. I wanted to use this podcast as something in which I come to you and share the struggles I’ve had with nourishing while running/training and nourishing when I’m not running or training for something.
Running is AMAZING. It’s so fun exploring places by jogging the streets, stopping to smell the roses, say hello to the cows or horses or chickens.
In the podcast I shared:
– My first bout of running and nourishing
– Restricting while running and how it affected me
– What it looks like when you start to not restrict and run
– Learning to let go of associating the calories you burn exercising with the food you eat
– Nourishing on REST days
– Why I have counted some calories on days that I’m trying to eat enough
– Why I want to transition all the way to complete intuitive eating
– What intuitive running and exercising and fueling looks like for me right now
– Why you shouldn’t compare anything you eat with others who are runners
– Why I don’t love running as much but I love it more than I used to
– What running and nourishment looks like for me now
Verses I shared in the show:
(It is God who is helping me overcome and go forward especially in this journey of truly wanting intuitive eating and intuitive exercise without any thought of numbers. But it’s hard. It’s a journey and a batte. And I’m so thankful He’s working in me) Philippians 2:12-13, ‘Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.’
1 Corinthians 10:31, ‘ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.’
Deuteronomy 8:6-8, ‘Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;’
Food is such a gift. I love the different textures, tastes, flavors. I must admit that I’ll probably always be more of a sweet tooth gal, but I think it’s cool that God made each one of us to enjoy different kinds of foods, different flavors, different combos.
I have to say that this year I’ve been enjoying food much more than previous years when I would run and then think, ‘Ok, now I can ‘cheat’ and eat a donut or more cookies.’
I don’t think like that any more, and I think part of that has been:
ditching the running watch
not involving myself in online running communities
following runners who have a healthy relationship with food and rest and exercise like Sarah
Now I want to hear from you:
Do you enjoy a type of exercise that you’ve had to learn to nourish yourself well for?
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