I’ve had this post drafted for a while. I’m not sure why I didn’t click post but I suppose I wanted to let it resonate with me a bit. Today I find the post and my intention to still be relevant. Please excuse the older time frame references as you read. I think this can stir some great conversation too…
“After finishing last place in a 10K and realizing much of my fall wardrobe would not comfortably fit… I reached a breaking point. Something had to change. Over the past two years I’ve seen my weight creep up slowly. I went from being the best shape I’d ever been in, back in Fall 2011, when we moved to Cleveland, to becoming a shadow of my former self.
This year I reached a point where I was about 15 to 20 pounds heavier than I was two years ago. A few people noticed. They meant well (I guess?), but the comments hurt. I just smiled and tried to laugh it off. Stress – a huge contributor to my weight gain, remains, although I am managing it better. I am also aware of the times I have chosen to eat poorly and exercise less.
The week of my last place 10K I had a haircut. My stylist is one year younger than me, the mother of one and has looked stunning both before and after baby. She is also a runner, but like me, doesn’t run excessively. After seeing her for close to five years I asked her point blank. “What’s your secret?” She was very frank. “I eat a lot of vegetables. I would rather eat better than slave away at the gym every night.”
I know so many runners who say “I run so I can eat” and we’ve all seen the memes. I hear more about adequate and strategic fueling from professional runners. I think the recreational bunch, myself included, tend to harbor more of the “Running can make me skinny and then I can really enjoy my favorite bad foods” side of the house.” Personally, that mindset has been harmful to me.”
Today let’s remember the power of food as fuel and running as a way to stay healthy, not as a way to stay thin. After re-reading this post I was reminded of this, as well as how important diet is to health. With that I’m going to try to fill my plate with more vegetables and maybe hit the gym a little less.