18 Thoughts Of A Dietitian During An 18 Mile Run

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I won’t sugar coat it…running 18 miles by yourself is crazy and has its ups and downs (literally). The thought of conquering 18 miles still gives me anxiety, but it’s a necessary evil of marathon training. Regardless of the anxiety, I did it and I had many laughable thoughts along the way. I thought I would chronicle those funny thoughts so you can know what it’s like to run alongside me. thought while marathon training

Pre-run: “I’m not sure that I can physically do this…No Natalie! You can do it. It’s just mind over matter. Okay, let’s do this.”

Mile 1: “Wow, I feel great. That rest day really paid off. My legs feel like they have been resting for a week.”

Mile 2: “I’m hot. I should’ve listened to Bill and worn shorts instead of pants. I think I’m going to run home and change.”

Mile 3 (after a change of clothes): “My legs feel so cool and free! Shorts is definitely the way to go today. Now it’s time to start my run over and I get to start with 2 miles under my belt. Yes!”

Mile 4: “Why are my calves burning already?! Kill me.”

Mile 5: “Okay, time to run the Queesboro Bridge. You can do this. Use your hips instead of your calves… because they hurt so much right now.”

Mile 6: “Weeeeee. Running downhill is so fun! I’m so fast. Imagine if I was this fast all the time. Wait, that guy just passed me. How is he that fast?! Ugh.”

Mile 7: “I love Central Park. No matter how many times I go there, it still feels exciting.”

Mile 7.5: “Why are there so many freakin’ tourists in Central Park?! Seriously, get out of the way! I am just one tiny person trying to run in a straight line. This shouldn’t be so difficult.”

Mile 8-10: “Why do these miles feel easier than the first few miles? My legs feel so good right now. I think I can do this 18 miler.”

Mile 11: “I am SOOO hungry that I think my stomach might eat itself. Why didn’t I bring an extra shot block? I still have another hour to run and I don’t have any food. Omg, why did I think of that? Should I stop and buy pretzels? No because then I have to stop and eat them and I just want to go home. I think I can power through this and order a really big dinner. I can totally have fries for dinner.”

Mile 12: “This freakin bridge again.”

Mile 13: “Weeeee.”

Mile 14: “My stomach is so pissed at me right now. What if I stop at the next mile and order Seamless? Then it will be waiting for me when I get home. Yes, that’s a great idea. I’m a genius.”

Mile 15: “I’m totally ordering  a veggie burger and fries. Yes, I would like to add cheese to that. Thank you. Healthy, smhealthy. I definitely need to bring two shot blocks next time”

Mile 16: “I really hope the Seamless doesn’t get there before I do. This is really motivating me to run the last few miles quickly. I really just can’t wait to eat.”

Mile 17: “Should I text Bill and ask him to put out an ice pack for me? No, if I stop, I’m pretty sure my legs will collapse and he’ll have to come scoop me up off this sidewalk. Just don’t stop moving.”

Mile 18: “I did it!! Now, where’s my burger and fries?”




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    October 7, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Wow! As someone who is NOT a runner, I am so impressed. As an aside, about an hour into yoga I often find myself planning my next meal 🙂

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    Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition
    October 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    So funny! 🙂

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    October 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    awesome… i would have undoubtedly skipped from mile .25 straight to the burger. 🙂

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      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      October 10, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      I considered that, but I don’t think that would help with the marathon haha

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    October 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Mile 18–yay for priorities! <3 I'm always thinking of my next meal! 😛

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    Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
    October 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

    lololol Love this! awesome job on those 18 miles. I am always thinking what I’m going to eat when I’m finished too haha

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    October 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    These all ring too true! I think about the burger and beer waiting for me at the end!

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    Elana Natker, MS, RD
    October 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I just discovered this post and was laughing out loud – so funny! I’m always planning what I’ll eat later. Usually I dream of a goat cheese & turkey sandwich on the grainiest bread I can find, loaded with veggies. But I often never have goat cheese or turkey at home, so I do PB&J instead 😉

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      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      October 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Hahaha that sounds delicious. I don’t have French fries at home, but I definitely order them!

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    Elana Natker, MS, RD
    October 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    By the way, I also think of blog posts when I run (which are never actually typed up…sigh. I need a brain-to-laptop device).

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      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      October 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Oh yes! I do this too, and on the subway. I try to put a note in my iPhone when it’s a really good idea.

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