Most people think runners love food. I would actually argue that most people love food. But when it comes to a runner’s diet, there’s a cliche that comes to mind: pasta the night before races, bagels at the finish line, and beer and burgers after races. And while we’re at it, let’s throw in the post-long run breakfast – anything from a tall stack of pancakes to a full farmer’s breakfast with bacon and eggs. And that may work out just fine for some!
Runners and non-runners alike associate lots and lots of exercise, i.e. running, with lots and lots of food. There’s even a section in Runner’s World devoted to food. The writers of the magazine have nutritionists write articles about what to eat, and suddenly many runners think they can play that role, too. And it’s true, you probably can’t hang out with a runner for more than two or three hours without her either eating something voraciously or complaining about her voracious hunger. It seems like everyone, from our families and friends to our coaches, to our running friends are always talking about food. I can’t count the number of times my mom has made up the excuse for my going up for seconds at a family function as a result of ‘being a runner.’
But what if I was just hungry? And really, why do other people feel this great need to comment on my eating habits? Read more >>