I have heard this term used in different ways.  It can be the simple fact that you’re more hungry in general because you’re running and burning a lot of calories.  For me, I usually use it to refer to that awful feeling when I suddenly become insanely hungry while I’m running.  Runger is not fun and it can sneak up on you and majorly distract you from the task at hand.

I went out for a 4 mile run this morning with the baby.  I felt pretty energetic.  I had some yogurt before we headed out and I thought that would be enough.  Wrong.  My stomach yelled at me the whole time for forcing it to make it through 4 miles pretty much on empty.  It was kind of funny.  Runger struck me on my 8 miler on Saturday too.  Around mile 6, my stomach was like “what the heck was that Gu crap you sent down here?! I want some real food, woman!” I must have been getting a little delirious if my stomach started talking, but moving along…

I’m not really a competitive person.  I run because I enjoy it, not because I want to win any races.  I do compete against myself.  Thanks to my Garmin, I can compare my runs and try to beat my previous times.  Occasionally, hubby tries to throw out some competitive talk about running.  I always remind him that I’m not trying to compete with anyone.  Well, he ran before me this morning using my Garmin.  I noted that his 4 miles took him 43:08.  I was able to clock in my 4 miles (with the baby in the jogging stroller, mind you) in 43:04…just sayin’ :).  Both of us had an average pace of 10:45 so we’re pretty even in terms of speed.  I was happy I was able to sneak in my last mile in just under 10 minutes at 9:58 which made up for my first slow mile at 11:26.

In the end, I did have a great run this morning despite the runger.  Plus, we managed to get it done while the weather was still decent because now I’m hearing some thunder.  Glad we beat it!

Happy running!



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