When I was pregnant, my husband was incredibly supportive. One of the first things he told me was that anytime I had a milkshake craving, he would drive anywhere to grab me one. I am pretty sure he said this because he was loving the idea of sharing “sympathy milkshakes” with me.
Sadly for him, I did not have milkshake cravings. Instead, I had one thing I wanted a lot of and that was fruit. At one point last spring, I was eating so much fruit and cheese at lunch that I was making myself sick! Mangos, strawberries, any berry, apples….I couldn’t get enough.
Later, there was this awesome phase where I wanted sugar free Slurpees after every run. We were all kind of digging that. Even the dog!
Now that we are deep into marathon training, the runger is real. It doesn’t always happen right after a run. This past weekend, I was ravenous the day after my long run. I’d love to say that my cravings have been lean meats, salads, and other healthy things (notice why I don’t do WIAW?!). But instead, I eat anything that is around or just sounds yummy.
Total mom fail, I ate Mary’s puffs while we were on a walk because my runger took over and I was about to take off for my midweek long run!
We were joking the other day about my pregnancy cravings vs. marathon training cravings. Sure I still crave healthy food (and salad is my go-t0 for just about any meal). But I get so hungry that my mind starts going to giant sandwiches, chips in all assortments, and let’s not even get started with dessert.
I used to have massive cravings during my long runs for McDonald’s Diet Coke. The strangest part is, we never have McDonald’s and I rarely drink a Diet Coke. But Rock always knew that our first stop, post long run was the drive-thru. I also foam at the mouth on long, hot summer training runnings just thinking about a salty margarita. Needless to say, we usually go out for Mexican food on those nights.
This is where training for a race can get dangerous and you must keep yourself in check. Have fun, but don’t go wild. But definitely still have fun!
So tell me, what are your running cravings? Ever have anything totally wild pop into your head that you must have when you finish?