Training for my next marathon starts in less than two weeks. I’ve already put my training plan – the same one I used to run my 3:43 last fall – into my Google calendar. I will be tweaking the split times to accommodate my new goal time of 3:35, but I’m not sure that will be enough to get me my much-desired BQ. I really need to watch what I eat if I hope to make it to Boston, a reality I have refused to accept thus far in my marathoning career.
I am fortunate in that I’ve never had any kind of legitimate weight problem. I was about 10 pounds heavier at the end of college than I am now, but even so, I was still a “normal weight” for my height. Because I’ve been running on and off for almost 10 years now, my answer to this weight gain was just to run more after graduation, and that pretty much took care of it.
However, because I’ve never really had to watch what I eat, I am kind of hopeless when it comes to eating the right foods and mostly avoiding the wrong ones. I certainly try harder than I used to – I buy vegetables now, and eat salads, and make eggs for breakfast instead of having a massive bowl of cereal.
But I’m not consistent. If I don’t feel like eating whatever healthy thing I had planned to eat for dinner, I order a meatball sub from Armetta’s. If I really want ice cream, and I don’t have any in my freezer (because yes, I buy it), I will go get a hot fudge sundae from the new, way-too-convenient shop a block from my apartment. I have been known to polish off an entire pint of Chubby Hubby or an entire bag of Jax in a single sitting (though this hasn’t happened in quite some time – high five to me?).
This is gross, and I know it. It’s not for lack of knowing better, either. I’ve read Michael Pollan. I know processed foods are bad news. But they taste good, and whenever I pig out, my rationale always is, “Whatever, I’m skinny.” When my metabolism declines with age, I’m not going to be able to say that anymore, because bad eating habits will ultimately make you fat. I need to fix this sooner rather than later, and not just because I want to be fast.
But I do want to be fast, this fall, so I need to fix this immediately. I’m just not really sure how. I have enough trouble drowning out my “whatever, I’m skinny” voice now, and it becomes exponentially harder to ignore as I log more miles. Thoughts? Tips? Tricks?