Tuesday, June 30, 2009

No time

The more I run, the more I eat. Strap on the feed bag Augustus!! I’ve blogged about this before but I think that it is worth revisiting.

One of my injury prevention strategies this training cycle is to make sure I get the calories I need. My approximate estimation is that I burn approximately 3000 calories a day. I’m assuming 2000 or so resting and about 1000 a day via running, lifting weights, or punting baby kittens. I try to avoid eating crap – because quite honestly it doesn’t sit as well as the good stuff does. The healthier I eat, the less my gut is able to take greasy food. I consistently try to jam shit down there (that’s what she said) to get the calories, but I usually end up regretting it later.

So, I try to eat healthy foods that are generally not very calorie heavy. The issue? Time. I can’t seem to get everything done before my “dinner” time. My schedule looks something like this:

Work: 8:30am – 7:30pm
Gym: 8:00 – 9:15 (approx)
Eat: 9:30???
Watch shitty summer TV: 10:00 – midnight
Sleep: midnight – 7:30

Somehow I just can’t force myself to eat before I work out. I still am afraid that I’ll end up barfing all over the bench press machine while grunting out my massively large 140 pound presses. Either that, or having some sort of ass-plotion while performing chin ups. Maybe both!

I’m honestly not sure what I am going to do. I could try to get some sort of routine where I eat before and hope for the best on the ass-plotion front, but I’m not sure that I’m willing to take that risk. Unfortunately, because of my transcontinental commute, working out before work isn’t an option that I’d like to explore either. How should I juggle my schedule to fit it all in??


aron said...

i have been having a hard time too when i run after work... i dont end up eating until after 8. but there is no way i will eat a whole dinner before.

Kelly said...

Maybe make your dinner ahead of time (in the morning?). Then the prep will be fast, and you will have time to eat it.

Or else bring some food to work with you and eat it around 6 or 7.

I wish I could eat as healthy as you. I don't think I've had a vegetable in weeks.

Michelle said...

What do you eat for breakfast and lunch? Somehow you missed those meals here!

I agree with Kelly - perhaps eating earlier waiting 2 hours then workout??


Rural Runner E said...

I feel your pain. I especially have this same problem during school. I do not eat as often as I should, I run after work, and the crappy food makes me feel like crap. I usually snake late at night, which is also bad, but I cannot eat during the day....and I wake up feeling crappy. I would love to eat better food, but it is not always convienent (I know bad excuse) or just not available. This is my goal, get back to eating better like I did before I had kids. Now they eat well...wish I were more like them.

OhMyLaughter said...

Hmm. Yeah. Idk. I guess just be glad you have time to work out AND watch tv :) (Although..yes...the pickings are kind of slim in the summer.)

Anyway, I'm not sure how I originally stumbled upon this blog. I think through another running blog...

I like running/jogging but am no where near as intense as you. I've done one half. 10:30/mi pace...but I never stopped :) I'm thinking of doing another half in November. Following this blog gives me a glimpse into the life of a HARD CORE runner...since I'll never be one. Aaand I think I also started following it b/c I used to be an IT consultant. Love the humor thrown into your tales of work/life/running!

Ted said...

punting baby kitten? LOLL... afraid of barfing while on the bench press? I get the drift, dude. It is frustrating when 24 hour span doesn't seems to be enough? Don't we wish to stretch it longer?

sRod said...

Well, you can always just have a snack before you go running. Or switch to morning runs (I know, they suck).

Christine said...

Big Brother this is what you should do...eat a Detour bar before you go work out. It has anywhere from 7-32 grams of protein, 80-330 calories, and low sugar. They are legit, you can buy them at Sams in a box of 24 for $19.88, and the company has a variety of flavors (google them) After you work out eat dinner as long as you eat 3-4 hours before you go to bed you are in the clear. Oh and don't go to bed hungry it's bad for you and eat breakfast within 3 hours of waking up. Love you