Thanks for reading. I'm a newbie and have been running for 1.5 years, recently started training for my first half marathon.
I am very into healthy eating and enjoy learning all I can about nutrition; I am also quite strict about my eating....except when it comes to the chocolate bowl at work!
About every other week, I find myself uncontrolably attacking the supply of chocolate. It almost happens like clockwork. Even when I allow a few pieces of dark chocolate a day, this will happen seemingly out of nowhere.
Is this common in newbies in training, or with runners who become too strict in their diet?
First of all I am not a nutrition expert. Once said that, I assume what happens to you is normal, mainly because the exact same thing happened to me too. I used to run 2-3 times a week but recently started running 5 days to train for a half marathon. As a result I find myself eating chocolate after most long runs and even gummy bears as in-race "food". It is important to strees that I do not really like chocolate nor candy and did not usually it them before.
My guess is that your body is now burning more than it used to and "asks" for what it needs which in both are cases must be sugar and fat. I found some good advice when I asked around about the same thing. Eat what you "crave" for without worring to much but do keep an eye on your waistline as it is easy to overcompensate. In terms of weight I have stabilised at what used to be my lowest-usual weight. In my case I take this means I have put on some muscle as I feel and "look" quite a lot thiner. By the way, I completed my half marathon two days ago in a (for me) wonderful 1:36:07 (that as you can see fills me with pride).
5k: 20:12 (December 31st 2012)
10k : 44:30 (November 6th 2011, March 18th 2012)
Half Marathon: 1:35:27 (February 3rd 2013)
I like half marathons! Seven completed so far and trying to get back on optimal shape to improve my PB. Once I complete my 10h half I will start thinking about full marathons.
Thank you, those are very helpful words. And indeed, congrats on the steller half marathon time! I appreciate your input, I believe I can find a happy medium between training hard and still enjoy some sweets.