Ran outside in Santa Cruz
7.0 miles/63 mins
nice and easy
Shots from the run early this morning along the waterfront:
When I started running, it was sunny out and then going back it was all cloudy and misty.
We’re off doing a little of this actionnow…
And this action…
So I’ve got a guest post for you from Sarah from Running2XS about FATS and the dangers of eating too obsessively healthy. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you’ve dealt with anything like this before and you have any encouragement or motivation for others.
Do you love running? Do you want to keep doing it for years and years to come? If you do, you might want to read this.
Running isn’t just about putting one foot in front of the other. There are lots of other important bits and pieces that make running possible, and one of those is your diet.
Are you super careful about what you eat? Or are you an “everything in moderation” kind of gal?
I used to be rather (read: extremely) obsessed about eating healthily.
Turns out that’s not the best idea. At all. If you like to run a lot, you’d better like to eat lots too, or else you might end up with Female Athlete Triad Syndrome like I did. It stopped me in my tracks for a few months.
Female Athlete Triad Syndrome (FATS for short) is basically three health problems rolled into one. If you cut calories and increase your mileage, you’ll a) become energy deficient, b) lose your period, and c) get brittle bones. I don’t know about you, but none of these things are on my to-do list.
Women with FATS need to do one really important thing before they start running again: put on FAT. That’s right, fat.
So many people have asked me: “why on Earth would you want to do that?” “Won’t you lose fitness?” Well, yes. But women are supposed to have some fat. Without enough of the stuff, we don’t get periods. We get run down and tired. We get sick more often. And we actually lose speed if our weight drops too low.
To put on fat, I started eating six meals a day. I loaded up on avocado. Nuts. Ice cream. You know, all the good stuff. I also stopped running for a while because I couldn’t afford to use up my precious energy doing anything except lounging on the couch.
Reading blogs helped me at this time too. I found solace in following Skinny Runner and others’ examples because I realized you can run efficiently (and hella fast!) at a normal, healthy body weight.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you love to run, make sure you eat enough to support yourself nutritionally. Your body and mind will love you for it!”
You can check out more from Sarah’s blog and how she’s working on overcoming FATS.