Monday, July 21, 2008

Marathon Training: Phase III


I have now entered Phase III of Marathon Training.

Phase III = The Hungry Hungry Hippo Phase

It's easy to recognize the signs of Phase III.

Sign 1. You wake up hungry.
Sign 2. You eat. A lot. And are still hungry.
Sign 3. You eat more. Still hungry.
Sign 4. You kick your diet to the curb and get a corn dog AND Mexican food.
Sign 5. You go to bed hungry.

Song of the Day: This Woman's Work by Kate Bush

33 comments:

*aron* said...

LOL my favorite phase!! then you hit taper and are STILL so freaking hungry but not running so much of it off... boooo. i am trying to maintain some self control :)

Jess said...

I hate that stage!

Xenia said...

Sadly, that sounds like me on a normal day.

I fear marathon training.

Mendy said...

Yeah, although I haven't done a marathon, I hear about that phase a lot. Hang in there, you'll be fine. You're so tiny anyway and your metabolism is amazing.

See, I'm hungry all the time and I'm not training for a full. :-)

Holly said...

POM, you seriously crack me up! The Hungry Phase is the worst. I wonder how many people actually gain when they are training for marathons?

Running Knitter said...

Corn dog and mexican food. Love it!

Melanie said...

even though i'm not training for a full, but instead a 30k, i'm at that stage too :(

I love your song of the day btw.

Jess said...

I eat like that even when I'm not training for a marathon!

Now, I want to play hungry, hungry hippos!

Victoria said...

I spend most of my life in this phase. Given that eating is oh, say, one of my top 3 favorite past-times EVER, running a LOT or swimming or doing some kind of excessive calorie-burning activity is a big necessity. I actually love the hungry phase though, because there's nothing more annoying than eating when I'm not really hungry. Food doesn't taste as good. Nice job on the 18 miler.

N.D. said...

More running, need more fuel! Yeah. Whenever I'm training for a marathon I just eat when hungry and I never gained weight. I guess its hard for you since you gained weight last time. Maybe just listen to your body and eat moderately. I want some mexican food, that sounds good.

Tammy said...

Egads! That's my problem. I'm perpetually in Phase III of marathon training!

Marcy said...

I am so there. In fact I just picked up a small notebook so I can jot down what I'm shovelin in the hole. Just get waaayyy outta hand over here *sigh*

smellyshelley said...

My daughter saw the Hungry Hippo picture and said "ooo, I want that" I'm not in phase III yet, but I keep fearing it will come soon.

Christine said...

hahaha!! thats toooooooo funny! I always feel that way. Today I finally went on a protein drink fast..I needed to detox BAD!

AnthonyP said...

I think I live in that stage.

Flatman said...

Mmmmm....food!

audgepodge said...

*sigh* It happens to me, too. Today we went out for Mexican for lunch and somehow I ended up with a churro for dessert!

teacherwoman said...

Man, sometimes I feel like that and I am not even in a phase III of marathon training. hmm...

D10 said...

I am with you. All I want to do is eat! I need to keep more fruit around the house.

Ali said...

I think I started carb loading the first day of my training plan!

Kate said...

God I'm not even marathon training just base building and I honestly feel like I could eat myself out of house and home...I fear this stage LOL.

Kevin said...

Thats how I feel right now training for my half ironman

AddictedToEndorphins said...

I kick butt at Hungry Hippos. And even more butt at the hungry hippo phase.
But im so tired of food though. I guess that could be a good thing...

Viv said...

Man, that pic of the game took me back to the days. I broke the heck outta my lil friends game and my Mom made me save my money and buy her another one. The lil bitch was cheating though.

Marci said...

I think I am banned forever to phase III- LOL. And BTW sorry I didn't read your post about the horse race more carefully. I must have RDD (reading deficit disorder), because I kept looking for the race report until I went back and re-read the post.

Liz said...

Hey our Hungry Hungry Hippos games doesn't have an enclosed dome and now we have no balls! :)

You are making me nervous but excited that I get to eat corn dogs and mexican in the same day! :)

carla said...

Um, yes.
you are SO NOT SELLING me on the marathon training with this post :)

MizFit

chia said...

That dude in the fat pic I just posted yesterday once came up behind me when I was bent over getting his clothes out of the bottom of the laundry hamper and started smacking my butt going "HUNGRAAAY HUNGRAAY HIPPO"

Dude, scarred for life.

I hear ya. My diet went straight to the shitter in the last week. It's time for a nuitrition overhaul. BOOOO mexican/chinese/indian food. BOOO! Damn them all for being so tasty.

Maddy said...

Phase III ends up being "It seemed like a good idea at the time" or, "but I was soooooo hungry".

I felt it coming on when I ate a ridiculous amount of pasta on Saturday. It's like you just can't stop.

Boooo.

Frayed Laces said...

This is also known as the phase that when you run, you think about what you are going to eat when you get home. That's pretty much the only thing that goes through my head now during runs.

Viper said...

I can never get food fast enough during this stage. And I'm a mean SOB when I'm hungry. Good luck.

J~Mom said...

I do not like that phase at all!!! I notice it when I kick up my biking. Imagine what is going to happen when I am riding 50 miles. *GULP*

Alisa said...

Yup...that's why I gained a lovely 5 lbs during the taper period...whoops! My poor knees, as if they needed more pressure pounding on them for 26.2 miles.