Last weeks training has gone a little bit better...still slowly building back whatever mileage I had pre-Brooklyn Half. I went back to my first speed workout in.....weeks. It's about a mile warm up/cool down, and it was about 5 miles in Central Park. For a few terrible reasons, after the workout I didn't have anything as a "recovery" food.
- I had no cash and the deli wouldn't let me put $3 on my debit card (illegal!)
- Duane Reede was out of chocolate milk
- I forgot to pack a Lara Bar in my bag
- I wasn't hungry
Okay, the last one is at least legitimate, but I still should have made an effort to have some sort of protein after this workout. It was HARD and I was tired and sore. I was sore Friday, but not too bad, and was able to hit the gym for a bit.
But my run on Saturday was a mess. My legs felt like a stack of bricks. A really heavy bricks that formed a person. I cut the run short, my ego only slightly nicked, and threw it out of my mind. But later I started to wonder...What if I had recovered better on Thursday night? Would it have really made a difference on my run two days later?
Sunday I went on a long (20 mile) bike ride. I had a healthy breakfast (half a bagel with a tablespoon peanut butter) and when I got home I was ravenous. I had the other half of bagel with another tablespoon of peanut butter, and a giant chocolate protein shake made with soy milk and some frozen berries. This was around 11am. By 1pm I was really hungry again. Throughout the course of the day I was feeling ravenous. No matter what I ate, I felt hungry a short time later.
As long runs and rides get longer, I wonder, how do you recover without eating everything in sight?! I understand as my weekly mileage increases I will need to consumer more calories to balance out calories burned, but many of you know the feeling of insatiable hunger after a long workout. How do you control your appetite? Do you keep track of what you eat versus what you burn? Or do you not control it, gain a few pounds but don't worry because you'll eventually drop it?