How much protein do runners need?
According to runner's world, 1.0 to 1.6 grams per kilogram a day (or .45 to .72 grams per pound) of protein is sufficient for runners.
"Protein accelerates muscle growth and speeds recovery by helping rebuild muscle fibers" - RW
How do you get your protein?
As a vegetarian(but not vegan), my protein is likely to come from:
egg whites (on occasion)
almond butter /nuts
high protein cereal (kashi go lean)
Bread has protein - pick a good one with high protein content. Oatmeal has protein. Most grains have a nice amount of protein.
Over the past 2 days I tracked protein and tried to be aware and had right around 100 grams which is at the max end for my weight. I was not getting that much, maybe 60-70g without thinking about it.
What is your attitude towards working out?
There have definitely been times where I have looked forward to a long run (with friends), a swim, or a race. When I am done working out, almost all the time, I feel great. That high is what forces me out of bed to workout. However, I would say the majority of the time (lately) I feel like I HAVE to work out - if I don't workout, I feel guilty about it and I don't feel entitled to have a smidge of ice cream or a few cookies. I definitely work for that high that comes mid to late workout, and the feeling that I get at the end, but for the most part, who really wants to work out? Would I rather lay in bed and sleep? yes. But 2 hours later I'll be pissed that I did and not have the high for the day... what are your thoughts?