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!