And that maxim is never truer when you’re going for a run. Something I’ve learnt due to bitter recent experience. I am currently (on a good day) running reasonably well, even up to 7 – 8km but on a bad day, like today I’m struggling to get over 2km. And there is one thing that can make it a good run day or a bad day; what / when I last ate. Take today for example, run time 7pm, last ate around lunch time between 11am and 1pm, which was basically one and a half rounds of marmite sandwiches, a packet of crisps and some dried apricots at 11am and then a chocolate bar at 1pm and that was it, no wonder every step hurt when I ran at 7pm, my poor legs had no fuel! Whereas if I run first thing for example, ok I do so before breakfast but I’ve eaten a decent evening meal the night before with plenty of carbs and protein (which I’ve been craving big time since starting running), that’s when I can do the 7 – 8kms. Ok part of that is also to do with not having run round after the two rug rats yet that day.
So it’s made me think, ok running is an extreme example of what you eat affecting your energy levels and your ability to do something but like any mum out there I’m often feeling knackered and how much of that is to do with what I’m eating, instead of ‘just’ being a mum? The answer is pretty obvious really. Maybe mums need to eat like the endurance athletes we are.