29 Nov '17, 11am
Take Your Dietary Suggestions and Shove Them
I have friends who eschew sweets and alcohol for weeks or months leading into their goal races, and while I’ll probably clean up a bit the week before a big race, I won’t give up my treats for long periods of time. Maybe it’s because I’ve struggled with disordered eating in the past or maybe because the child in me doesn’t like to be told what to do, but I don’t want to spend the already-stressful taper worrying about what I can and can’t eat. If I were an elite runner, and my livelihood depended on me being lean enough to perform well, I might feel differently. But since I’m just an occasional age-group winner, I’ll keep my nightly ice cream. I give up a lot to run: no late nights, no Saturday mornings spent sleeping in, feet that look embarrassingly awful. I don’t want to give up dietary treats either.