How many runners have heard this said while expressing our guilt before noshing a cupcake, slice of pizza, or a carton of French fries: “Yeah, but you run like, all the time.” It’s true that I have used that fact as a reason to indulge more than I should, and in some ways, running is a “get out of jail free” card. But—and at the risk of sounding like a total buzzkill—being a runner means that the value of good nutrition is a lot higher for us.
You wouldn’t drive a car across the country without getting a tune-up first, would you? Or getting one after you get to your destination? Running can be viewed in the same way: for all the destruction that you do on your muscles, bones, and nervous system, getting the proper nutrition through what you eat is part of what keeps you going.
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One of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves living a healthier lifestyle by eating well and exercising often, no matter whether you are new to a fitness lifestyle or have been running your entire life. But have you ever gone to the gym and did only what you felt like doing for the day, run endless miles without ramping up in mileage or varying your run type, or perhaps just did the same things as you have been doing, and eventually found yourself wondering why you didn’t get the results you wanted?If this has been you at some point, you might be surprised to learn that the likely reason you’re not getting where you want to go isn’t because you’re unmotivated or clueless about how to get there. It may just be that you didn’t go into it with a plan to get where you want to go and what to do next; a plan that included steps to get there, challenges to avoid the dreaded plateau, or a timeline of when you could take it to the next level. I’ve been that person, the one who crosses a finish line at a race wondering why I didn’t get the time I wanted when I thought I had put in enough work to make it happen. That’s called guesstimating, and I have learned that it doesn’t work well for reaching goals. Continue reading Mapping Your Fitness Journey