I am a week into my half marathon training for the Biggest Loser Half Marathon in October. I have my schedule printed out, I have a blank calendar printed out so I can log my training sessions, and I am ready to go! I had a pretty good first week – I did all my workouts as scheduled and even added in an extra walk day. Since I am incorporating more strength training, my hamstrings were sore! This made running more difficult. But I know it will get better. My “long” run yesterday was 4 miles. I got up early, ate a quick breakfast (Eggos cinnamon waffles, banana, small glass of milk) and headed out. Boy was it humid! The perks of being back in the midwest I suppose. I was struggling. For me it is the mental aspect I need to work on – no matter how long the run is I always start out with a negative mindset thinking “I can’t run this far” or “Man it’s hot I’ll probably have to walk some” when I know I can run 4 miles! I did end up walking some because it was humid and my legs were sore from the first week of workouts but I got the run done and headed back home. Now here is the struggle with running – I had a great run, feeling tired so I must’ve worked hard, right? I deserve some chocolate. But… running 4 miles only burned roughly 400 calories and therefore does NOT warrant eating this whole bag of chocolate covered pretzels from Trader Joe’s:
No, I didn’t eat the whole bag but I ate more than 400 calories worth as one serving is only 8 pretzels and 190 calories. This is a common reason people struggle to lose weight or some people even gain weight when they begin running because it is easy to overestimate the amount of calories burned during running and/or underestimate the amount of calories we are consuming. The key is moderation! I know, the struggle is real.