I’m going to say something that is going to blow your mind.
I debated long if I wanted to post this but it was an interesting conversation I had ABOUT FOOD. I was talking to a top 15 collegiate athlete (read: HE is one of the top 15 fastest runners…and a male…if that makes any difference to you).
He has no desire to gain or lose weight at all. He point blank said: I know I could eat whatever shit I wanted to and not gain weight. That isn’t why I track my nutrition.
I TRACK my nutrition because I want to be the best. I want to be the best at running. I don’t want to vomit before I run. Run into GI problems during a race. Feel like crap during training runs…ect.
Food plays a huge role (just as big as training) in that.
Here are my brief thoughts on that. I think that once you become an athlete you will always be monitoring your food. Your friends that do not run or do what you do may not get it. They may judge you. They may say “eat this burger and french fries with me”. “binge drink with me”. But here is the thing: they are not racing and competing the next day or week so they won’t be there with you when you don’t feel the greatest.
I am not BY ANY MEANS promoting a restrictive diet. What I am saying is that too many people are focused on every single nutrient, macromolecule and calorie. Focus on what makes you feel good when you workout instead of focusing on the right “caloric intake”.
When you are athlete: food quality is every bit as important as your actual workouts and you are kidding yourself if don’t think so. I’m by no means saying that you should live your life by a straight edge and not be spontaneous…what I’m saying is that many bloggers (and people have a mistaken idea that because you run X number of miles, you can eat whatever crap you want. If you don’t you must have an eating disorder).
Because you choose what goes into your body. It is not impossible to gain weight off of having too much of anything. Too much candy. Too much fruit. Too much oil.
What I’m saying in this big loophole of a mess post is this: When you have a piece of cake and promote that you felt amazing while having it. Well, I’m happy for you I truly am. I can celebrate how delicious cake is (celebrate…is that even a proper word choice…no, no it’s not) but I can tell you if I had something else my run would have probably felt better a few hours later. Do I still have cake? Yes. I’m not telling anyone to restrict anything here, I’m just saying that there is not a day where you can tell me “oh my stars, I had a piece of cake and then I had the best run ever.” I’m going to treat myself all the time and feel awesome and have a great workout. Then my life will be perfect. I’m not even sure when having a piece of cake or candy meant your life was perfect to begin with.
*note these are just my two cents, I’m not promoting anything.
What are your thoughts?