Saturday, August 8, 2015

Learning the Importance of Proper Nutrition the Hard Way

I had a movie night last night, and I went a bit overboard when it came to dinner/snacks - pizza, candy, chips, soda...basically if it is bad for you, then I ate it last night. I haven't eaten that much junk food in one sitting in a very long time, and I paid the price last night AND this morning. Last night I experienced queasiness and heartburn and generally felt uncomfortable and had trouble sleeping. This morning, things went up a notch. I kept alternating between feeling as though I was going to vomit and feeling that I was going to poop.

Did I mention that my long run was this morning? wasn't great.

Thankfully, this was a cut back week, so I only needed to run 6 miles. Those 6 miles were some of the worst I've ever experienced. I have never been so happy to finish a run. I somehow managed to stay on pace the whole time, but it was a real struggle, and I came uncomfortably close to really embarrassing myself in a truly disgusting way.

This morning really drove home the importance of nutrition for me. It is all well and good to read about how important it is to eat well and not do anything different right before a race or a long run, but it is very different to actually experience the unfortunate outcome of not following this advice. I already have a pretty finicky stomach and a couple of food allergies, so it hasn't been easy figuring out what works for me when it comes to eating and running. In fact, I still haven't figured everything out, but I'm learning more all the time.

I just wish all my lessons weren't so unpleasant.


  1. I've finally been eating healthier recently and I've noticed that when I have a day where I slip back into my junk food ways, it hits me so much harder than it used to. Kind of goes to show you how important it really is, like you said!

    1. Indeed it does! I spent this week really working on nutrition. Not only did today's run (11 miles) feel great, but I've just felt better and more energetic all week.