Thursday, September 27, 2012

Running to be unhealthy

Mmmmm, bite sized brownie
There are lots of reasons why I lace up one of my seven pairs of running shoes and go for a run 6x a week.  Most are self serving, but none are more important than the other:

  • It's a hobby.  For 31 year old guys, hobbies are hard to come by.  Either you're killing zombies in a video game or smacking the hoes on the side of the street (I think?? who knows).
  • It's time alone in my head to sort through any issues that might be bothering me.
  • Duh, look good naked.
  • It gives me a community to belong to. "Hi, I'm Adam. I'm a runner"
  • But, the most important..... Running enables me to eat pretty unhealthy foods and still be considered "fit"



When I used to be 50 pounds heavier, I ate crap.  I know that I’ve said it before, but I was pretty sure that a calorie was a flavor of Dorito and fat grams was the way crack dealers were paid.  I thought that I was happy but as it turns out I wasn’t.  So, I started to run.  And now, I run a LOT.

The nice benefit of running a lot is looking good naked that in order to maintain weight, you have to eat a lot.  No matter what anyone tells you, your body is a machine. Calories in (Taco Bell), calories out (Poop working out).  So, when I am running at peak mileage, I need to eat an extra 1000 or so calories a day just to stay where I am at. THAT is why I run. (100 cals a mile, 70 miles, 7000 calories)

So, while I’m sure that I could eat healthy and still maintain the 3000ish calories that I need, I’ve found that it is much much easier to grab 2 pop tarts and exclaim “CALORIES FOUND!” and be all caught up on the day.

To be clear, I still eat pretty healthy, but I don’t have the incentive to be super diligent to watch what I eat.  However, I will admit that I recently ran across a few things that even made me raise an eyebrow.  Exhibit A? The beer milkshake.  Somehow the casual dining chain Red Robin mixed two awesome things and made something that sounds completely repulsive.  Sort of like being naked and running.  Running?  FUN! Being naked? AMAZING.  Running naked?  Ehhhhhhhhh...

So, truth is, I probably could be slightly healthier if I ate lots of Kale and organic [insert snooty organic food here].  But, if I ate 100% healthy all the time, what would be the point in running as much as I do?  Sure, I'd be fast, but at what cost?  Afterall, sometimes you just want to crack open a beer and a pint of ice cream and throw them together in the blender.  **shudder**

Do you use running as an excuse to have that beer milkshake now and again?

 

26 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

Now that I barely run, no, I don't use anything as "an excuse," but I do calorie count, so I know I'm getting enough (but not TOO much) to fuel my activities. That being said, there is some junk that tempts me no matter how much or little I run!

Nelly said...

That beer milkshake sounds pretty awesome, haha

giraffy said...

That beer milkshake. Shudder.

I've thought about this a lot - and if I had to come up with 1000 extra calories of, like, kale, holy SHIT that's a lot of kale. I don't even know really how to envision eating an extra 1000 calories of produce.

Obviously that's hyperbole, produce isn't the ony healthy thing blah blah, but it's always the first thing that comes to mind.

PS, Duh, I use running to eat all the things always.

Nikki said...

You and I are wired exactly the same way! I try to eat healthy but with all the running I do I feel like I can afford to eat a bit of junk here and there...love this post!

Runner Dad said...

I'm with you, running to be unhealthy is awesome. I love eating, so any way I can feel better about shoving junk food into my mouth is worth it! That, and I love the runner's high! Great post!

Atha said...

Im eating a cookie cake as I read this.

Anonymous said...

I run so that I can indulge sometimes. Sure I eat kale and quinoa and black beans - but sometimes a beer and cheese doodles are what is in order.

H Love said...

This is great! Great minds think a like.

22in20 said...

I've always enjoyed beer floats way more than beer milkshakes. Shakes lose too much of the essence of the beer. My favorite is Guinness with coffee ice cream.

Crystal said...

I eat healthy 80% of the time, so I can eat junk the other 20% of the time and not feel guilty. I run so that I can eat more of everything.... Nom Nom Nom

Sarah said...

Ugh. That looks disgusting (the milkshake, not the brownie).

Gracie said...

I run very efficiently, so I don't burn anywhere NEAR 100kcal per mile. Probably closer to 50. So there are actually other exercises that would burn more calories for me. The problem is that I don't like that many other forms of exercise so I don't do them! I do like to eat so I guess I have to keep running or I'll get ginormous.

Missy said...

I run to eat for sure. I just love food to much, if I didn't run I would weight a ton.
Beer milkshake is probably pretty good but I found that a lot of booze tastes good in ice cream. Wait, what?
Anyway have you been to Lee's yet?
You gotta get there, i'm telling ya. She will change your mind about boozy ice cream.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Yes. And you should put scrap all those reasons for running except the last one. Aw c'mon...that's probably the only reason I'm out there. Huh? Just me?! ;p

Jacy Vergara said...

I love this! I use it as an excuse all the time! "I"m running tomorrow morning, so I can eat this!"

Rena said...

I eat super unhealthy to begin with. So I run to keep up with my eating. Seriously, I eat like I'm training for a marathon regardless of what I'm doing for exercise.

Johann said...

Yep, that is certainly my favorite reason for running! :) Have a super weekend!

Runners Fuel said...

I also run for food! I eat some what healthy (salads, etc), but I love my sweets.

Whitney said...

It's basically the ONLY reason that I "train" for half marathons. "I ran 12 miles today! Now hand over that bag of Oreos."

pensive pumpkin said...

Dude, I started running because I was 35 and having a great rack (aka being chubby) wasn't going to be an asset much longer. So I run to get great legs, then I can buy a new wardrobe and stop showing off my rack as it sags down to my waist.

Kale in mashed potatoes- smug foodie win, and carb loading! Sooooo yummy. I may make some now! Oh, never mind. I'll eat these Pumpkin Pie pop tarts instead. : )

Running On Candy said...

Not a beer milkshake because...well EWWWE but pizza and fro yo for sure!!

BTW started a blog if you want to check it out! runningoncandy.blogspot.com

Christina said...

I run to eat pizza and drink wine

Kathy said...

I try not to eat after 7pm (heading towards 6pm) but last night I knew I had 2 longish rides this weekend and runs and didn't even think twice about what I ate). Also if I get a craving, I endorse it. I totally use exercise to justify my eating but I eat little to no crap. (the food last night was popcorn and almonds, So Boring, I am.)

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I love it! You say what nobody else wants to say out loud. I usually eat pretty healthy, but I can put down some brunch and bottomless mimosas on a Sunday afternoon. After a run of course.

racingthestates said...

Well, that beer milk shake looks and sound disgusting...no offense : ) BUT, yes, I most certainly do use running to be able to eat shitty every once in awhile. I do realize through trail and error that healthy eating makes me run way better, and if I eat a big something shitty, I definitely noticed in my running and feel icky. But my weakness is just candy in general.

Farah said...

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