Hello and Happy Friday! I am so happy I made it through this week I had four really super long days, but I only have to do that for two more weeks and hopefully we’ll be in our condo and able to eliminate the 2+ hour commute in August.
Today is 5K Friday – did you run a solo 5K this week? It doesn’t matter if you do it on Fridays or not, everyone gets an “A” for effort on this one
I don’t go into work today which means I get to sort through my inbox and hopefully get to all your emails
I did get a great email last night I wanted to address on the blog:
Hello…I enjoy reading your blog – it is funny and real. Thank you for writing it! I was wondering whether you’d answer a question. When you took time off of running due to your knee injury, were you less hungry (no daily running)? Here’s my problem that I’m seeking to solve: I have been a daily exerciser for 20 years (yes, I’m no youngster). Recently I put my energy into running and I am always starving. Nothing fills me up and I overeat daily. I don’t want to stop running. Do you have any thought on this? Thank you so much!!!!
(I didn’t ask if I could publish her name, so it’s anonymous to you guys.)
This is a great question! I think I addressed it a bit on RER while I was laid off from running, but want to address it again.
My first thought was, “I’m going to gain weight.” and then, “I am never going to be able to run well again.”
Well, I am here to tell you I was wrong on both of those.
I did not gain weight, not one pound. This was surprising especially because I was cooped up in our apartment in Maryland in the tragic winter and was probably less active than I’ve ever been in my life.
My body was less hungry and less snacky because I wasn’t running. Even when I started to do Kickboxing and Spinning classes my hunger was not as big as it is with running. For some reason running makes me hungrier than most other exercises and that diminished when I took some time off.
Less Running = Less Hunger
It’s science Okay, it’s not exactly science, but kinda. (Ben hates when I say “It’s science.”)
I had all the odds stacked against me at the time:
1.) I wasn’t running or doing much other exercise
2.) It was cold – which makes me want comfort food
3.) I was severely depressed and deep down wanted to eat myself into oblivion and die Ha!
and still maintained. Anyways, trust me kids – if I didn’t gain weight when I stopped running for 6 weeks you won’t. It’s science.
And now I am trying to build up my mileage and train for a Marathon. It’s not easy to build back up, but it’s easier than starting from scratch.
Stay positive and treat your body well whether you run or not.
My BFF Cindy is having a baby tomorrow. She has a scheduled C-section for Saturday morning! I thought I’d share a picture of one of our November ‘08 road trip to Paso Robles for wine tasting.
Have a great day!