Runger is rearing its evil head lately and I am constantly battling it. Runger is hunger brought on by running, and/or exercising, more – and it is a very real beast. Runger usually strikes as your training mileage begins to increase and your runs start to get more intense.
Your runger can get so strong that many people actually gain weight training for their first half or full marathon. How is this possible, you think, with all the miles they are running? Because their runger is so strong, and so new to them, that they overeat without realizing it to make up for how hungry they feel.
So how can you keep your runger in control?
6 Steps to Fight Runger:
1, Stay Hydrated –
When you are dehydrated your body sends you signals that you may confuse for hunger. Be sure you are hydrating enough throughout the day to prevent this issue. Get a water bottle that you can take around with you and set yourself a goal on how many time to refill it each day,
2. Get Enough Rest –
When you are sleep deprived your whole system is off. Your feel exhausted and many times signals tell you to reach for sugary foods for a pick me up. Prevent this by being sure to get enough sleep every night. Not only will it fight off runger, but it will help your training in general.
3. Allow Yourself Time to Relax –
Stress eating is a huge cause of overeating for many people and adding race training to an already busy schedule can cause stress. Combat this by giving yourself time to relax each day. Try to schedule in 30 minutes a day to read a book, watch a favorite TV show, journal/color, talk on the phone with a friend, etc.
4. Eat a Balance Diet –
Be sure that you are consuming the right nutrients to keep your body running. You need a good mix of protein and carbs to keep you fueled throughout your runs and the rest of the day. Give your body the nutrients it needs to run and it will reward you.
5. Limit Junk –
Not all calories are created equally. 700 calories of chips will not fill you up the same way as making your own 700 calorie chicken and rice taco bowl will (my favorite after my really long runs). Eating the chips will leaving you craving more food soon, because your body needs more than that for fuel; while fueling up on something filling and healthy should keep you covered until your next meal.
6. Snack Right –
When runger strikes and you are out running errands, or stuck at your kids soccer tourney for hours, or even stuck in traffic on the way home from work (why is that when I always get so rungry) it is important to reach for good foods that fuel your body correctly and not whatever junk/fast food you can find out and about.
For years I have been stashing Quest bars everywhere. I always have one in my car and another in my purse so that I am ready to snack well. Recently, Quest came out with a new line – Quest Hero bars and I was super excited to try these as a good on the go snack to combat my runger.
What makes the Quest Hero bars special (and a great snack for tackling runger)?
– a sweet, chocolatey coating covering a delicious center makes them feel like a treat – a candy bar that is good for you
– 15 – 17 grams of protein each to fill you up and stop that runger
– only 4 grams of net carbs
– they are sweetened with allulose, a rare sugar that’s found in nature (in things like figs and raisins) and is virtually calorie-free
*Want more info check out 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas as she trades in her leotard for a lab coat and a cape to explain more about Quest’s new Hero line,
Let me know –
Do you experience runger? How do you combat it?
Have you tried Quest bars? Are you interested in their new Quest Hero line?
Click here to learn more about the NEW Quest Hero Protein Bar