I haven’t been writing lately. Always busy (like everyone). Quite frankly, I’ve been a little down since my foot / hamstring injury, because I can’t run. My biggest fear has been losing endurance. As a distance runner, maintaining endurance is what it’s all about. If I can’t make it to 26.2 and beyond… I don’t want to run. My physical ailments will heal. I’ll adjust to the custom orthodics (thanks to my extremely flat feet). I have maintained physical exercise through cycling, swimming, yoga and weight training. That’s all fine, but in terms of endurance, nothing compares to a good 2-4 hour-long run. So what have I been doing? I’m bound and determined to bike for over 2 hours, approximately 30 miles, every time I go out. There’s a lot more that goes into planning for a long bike ride. For one, riding makes you very hungry. You won’t burn as many calories as you would running, but for some reason, you need to fuel while you ride. I can go out for long runs on an empty stomach, drinking only water and occasionally eating a GU (energy gel) for a little boost of energy. Cycling, I need substance, real food, maybe even a sports drink. The hunger only happens on a real ride, never on a stationary bike or during a spin class. I think it has to do with brain function. While riding on the roads or trails, you have to constantly be aware of your surroundings. Traffic behind you, pot holes, roots, branches, pedestrians, etc…. Plus the fact, you’re locked into your bike. It’s difficult to jump out of the way if needed, like you can when you’re on your feet, running. While running, you can zone out in certain areas, listen to music, manuever your feet to prevent falling etc…. You just can’t do that cycling. Therefore, I think your energy is dispersed differently. The fuel is as much for your brain as it is your belly. This morning I rode just over 32 miles. I would have gone further, perhaps 15 more miles, but my stomach was growling and I had to be back for a business appointment. I had a snack at mile 16, but it just wasn’t enough. I had a banana and fun size pack of m & m’s, which is 165 calories total. Got me through 10 miles fine, but my stomach was growling like crazy for the next 6 miles.
I got back just in time for a protein packed lunch and enough time to prep for my appointment. I made myself an egg white omelette, which is something I eat often, especially after an intense / long work out. An omelette is a great way to get rid of leftovers, veggies so they won’t go bad, etc… It’s also a filling meal for approximately 400 – 500 calories. I use egg whites, because it’s easy and I’m trying to cut down on fat any way possible. If I had made this on a regular day, not after a 2-3 hour cardio work out, I would eliminate the cheese, ham and toast with butter. These items add a lot of unwanted calories and fat.
Today’s Egg White Omelette – 500 calories
- 1/3 cup of Egg whites
- 2 thin slices of deli ham chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups of baby spinach
- 1 cup chopped white mushrooms
- 1/4 cup chopped Vidalia onion
- 2 tsp parmesan cheese
- salt, black pepper & cayenne pepper to taste
- 1 slice of french peasant bread toasted with 1 pat of unsalted butter
Have you been injured and can’t participate in your favorite activity? How do you compensate? Are you an endurance junkie like me? How do you make up the lost miles? Let me know. I’m an average person who loves running, cycling etc…. I’m always looking for new ideas and approaches…. Let’s get the conversation started….