So, a male runner recently compared running to being pregnant in a funny blog called On the Bus … And Running.
He’s been observing a pregnant co-worker eat.
“As I sat there and watched her shovel eat, it reminded me of when I first started training for the Vermont Marathon back in 2009. I’d entered new mileage levels and all I wanted the day after my long run was a sausage and egg sandwich on an English muffin with a little ketchup. Had to have it. No questions asked.”
Yeah, I suppose he has a point.
I ate an incredible, an astonishing amount of food when I trained for marathons. And looking back at my first pregnancy, I ate a lot too. So far in this pregnancy, I haven’t had any major binges, but there’s a lot more baby growing to do, so look out.
In both situations, my dietary desires were guided by impulse, but there was one difference. During a long run, I had hours to think about what I’d eat when I was finished. In pregnancy, it was mere seconds – some days, my animal instincts took over and I had to turn the steering wheel immediately in order to not miss the turn for whatever fast food joint was calling my name suddenly.
The guy writes: “The old adage goes: Give your body what it wants. For me, it was the sausage, egg, and cheese, a brownie fudge sundae, and, lately, yes, beef jerky. For her, we’re riding in the car to go get Starbucks when she says, ‘I’m hungry, but I want something healthy.’ So, we drive around the parking lot, when she saw it… ‘Pizza! she blurted out.
‘“That’s healthy?” I asked.
‘“That’s what my baby wants, that’s what she’s getting.’
“Replace ‘pizza,’ with Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Five Guys, carrots, Subway, blueberries, Hot Fries (remember Hot Fries?), and … you get the idea. The woman is a culinary mad libs.”
Yeah, that’s about right for me, too (pregnant and/or running).
There are other similarities, I suppose.
For instance, pregnancy is like running a marathon: Parts of it are tough on the body, parts of it are amazing, sometimes you feel like throwing up, sometimes you really really need to use the port-a-potty, and the end is totally worth all of the effort.
Can you think of any other similitaries?