The Single Most Annoying Thing About Running…

Is the Hunger.

Not just regular hunger. But that kind of hunger when you’re full, definitely not thirsty, and yet still bloody hungry?!

I mean, come on.

To give you some context to this frustration: I developed a really unhealthy relationship with food during the first half of 2015. Whilst I don’t really want to go into the details of it, it wasn’t fun. I had a lot of stresses both at work and at home, plus I’d been broken up with at the end of 2014; controlling my food intake was the only way I could find any form of control over the chaos in my life.

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Running has really helped me in the recovery process. Whilst I have to admit there used to be an aspect of compulsiveness to my exercise, I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it. I have learnt to fuel my body much better than previously, and more importantly I appreciate that I have to eat properly. No ifs, no buts.

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This quotation really helped me

But still, the kind of insatiable hunger I get when I run is really hard to deal with. And my mileage isn’t even that high. But now, I check in with my body: I’m definitely not dehydrated, but I am hungry.

So what do I do?

I eat, full stop.

It’s really hard for me to deal with this as it feels like I’m losing control over my body, but then I try to appreciate that my body knows what it’s doing. And absolute worst case scenario? I put on a few pounds! If that makes me truly unhappy (which I now don’t believe it would, or at least not as much as previously), I can lose it again.

So there we have it. Rant over!

If you have any tips for combatting the #runger, let me know!

Lots of love,

Pippa

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18 thoughts on “The Single Most Annoying Thing About Running…

  1. I don’t have any tips on how to combat it – personally I’ve just given in to it. #Runger rules me on my runs no matter the distance and I’ve just accepted it. “Yessss we must feeds the preciousssss”

    This explains the abundance of Halloween candy wrappers in my car door currently…

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  2. I find I can be very sensible immediately after a run but later on I find myself prowling around the kitchen looking for treats and the self-discipline often goes out of the window.

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  3. EAT!!! Eat a lot of what is good for you! Remember your metabolism has increased during and after your runs, so it will be different then usual! High protein foods help reduce the cravings faster; especially high protein drinks because it’s like you get the nutrition in you faster! Juicing hits the bloodstream faster then anything I know. ( I am not a specialist, just an opinion wanting to help!)

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  4. seriously, the struggle is real! I have switched to eating healthy things that are filling. like apples are surprisingly filling and when you put some peanut butter on it your good for a few hours. bananas are good but dont fill me up for long…i would say eat all the carbs but thats not always a good idea. if you find the secret let me know!

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  5. Thank you for this post! If you are running a lot, you definitely need to ingest more food. There is a healthy balance though! After a run, I quickly eat some “healthy” snacks such as hummus and crackers, trail mix, apples, etc. I then eat a more substantial meal, but won’t overdo it. Relationships with food are very complex- I completely hear you. Best of luck in finding that balance that works for you!

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    1. Thank you! Running has definitely helped me understand my relationship with food a lot better (ie. simplify it: if you’re hungry, eat)! I used to eat lots of foods like popcorn which aren’t really substantial enough; now I try to go for a sandwich or protein bar, then the popcorn 😉

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  6. I find after a long run, I’m absolutely famished! But I’ve noticed that lots of protein tends to put the hangries at bay for me. My favorite post long-run meal is shrimp and quinoa or sweet potatoes… tons of protein, low in calories, and takes care of any issues. The other day, I tried eating a burger post long run… didn’t have the same filling effect as the shrimp… I was still starving the next day!

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  7. I have a tough relationship with food. The problem is, I love it. And I’m an emotional eater…soooo I eat my feelings. Then, I feel fat and I get super restrictive and run a million miles. Repeat cycle. I’m glad running helped you get it under control. Thank you for sharing your story! I find if I eat something with high protein after a run, it helps curb that insatiable hunger. Most times, lol. Other times, I eat everything in sight!

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  8. Does anyone else have this? My appetite is suppressed for about 2 hours after I run! Yes…after that I have to eat NOW. But in the meantime, the thought of food makes my stomach turn!

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    1. Yup that’s part of my problem! I’ll happily not eat after a run and then will get super light-headed. I’m learning to stave it off with chocolate milk or a protein shake until I have my appetite back. The weird thing for me is that I’ll randomly get insatiable hanger about 48 hours after my long run…it’s not been the easiest thing to get on board with!

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