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I Run, Therefore I Eat

I run therefore I eat.  Many people take up running because of weight loss.  Whilst this is worthy goal for many and a likely outcome for most, sometimes the logic gets a bit topsy turvy.  What I hope for you from today’s blog is to challenge your thinking a bit, or give you some reminders to get back on track if you have been struggling with your eating lately.

What is your relationship with food like?  Is it reward, or a source of guilt? Is it meaningful fuel or something to be enjoyed?

Recently I posted a selfie having just bought an ice cream from the ice cream van on my facebook wall, and some of the comments I got were “you do so much running, you deserve it”.  As well as, “how much training will you do to work that off”

My answer to this was that I neither use food as a reward nor exercise as a punishment.  Yes, the two are related, but for the most part, I eat what I want when I want it.  There have been times when I have specifically worked toward weight loss, it’s my diet that changed, not necessarily my exercise regime.

We need to change this mindset –

Here’s some food for thought (pun intended)

  1. Starting to run may lead to weightloss, but as a high impact sport, you are likely to be stopped in your tracks early on if you don’t take a sensible approach to beginning running, such as the Couch to 5k, alongside a stretching and mobility routine such as my Saturday Night Stretch N Roll
  2. Running, as a high intensity aerobic activity can make you very hungry – this often means eating more than you did before, and/or a binge on calorie dense food to satisfy your appetite
  3. Running has countless benefits independent of weight management – it can give you body confidence for what your body is able to do rather than focusing on how it looks. It can significantly improve your mental well-being, it can provide you with a new social network, and it can improve many physical health markers, such as blood pressure, blood sugar, and your sleep quality

Running can give you so so so much aside from weight loss, but that doesn’t mean its not possible to lose weight as a runner, nor does it mean that this isn’t a worthy goal.  I hope some of the points above, have helped you think about the things running can do for you, and if you want to learn more about the science between what you’re eating and your running, then check out my 6-part blog post series You Can’t Out Run a Bad Diet.

If you have any questions about running and nutrition, pop me a message or ask me in the comments below.  I will be launching a new online product later in the year that addresses running and nutrition, so make sure you sign up for my free marathon nutrition guide, and to be notified when this new product comes available.

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Angela Isherwood

Angela Isherwood is the founder of I Run Success
She is a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer, a Run England Running coach, and a multiple marathon runner. She is a London Marathon Good for Age runner, a Boston Marathon Qualifier, a parkrun Run Director and Trainer for Goodgym Colchester.

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