Having a regular running routine is great. One feels energized, weight is at an appropriate level, and one has a little more latitude when it comes to diet. However, when one is injured (as I am currently with a hockey related injury) and the running frequency has decreased, I need to remember to adjust my eating habits.
When running regularly (depending on the duration and intensity), one's food intake is a little higher to account for the calories lost during exercise. I do not worry as closely around how much or what I eat. While I am not stuffing chocolate bars into my mouth, I may have the occasional "treat" and the amount of healthy food is a little higher than normal. When the injury bugs hits and I am not running, I tend to forgot to adjust my eating habits...thus causing the food intake / exercise ratio scale to be out of whack. Part of the reason for writing this note is to remind myself to adjust my food intake during this temporary state of inactivity.
It is also during this period that I realize how valuable and important a regular exercise routine is for not only my state of health but also for how I feel during the day. Without the routine, I feel the work stresses more, maybe have a yawn in the afternoon, and generally feel a little more sluggish. Here's to the recouperative powers of stretching and strengthening. I should be back on the road in a couple of days.