Everybody always asks our XC coach: what do you feed your cross country girls? And the truth is, the CVU XC girls don't have some crazy dieting plan of straight vegetables, and meats; we eat what everybody else eats. At team dinners we stuff ourselves full of pasta, salad, bread and save a good portion of our apetite for some apple crumble, ice cream or pie. None of us watch our weight or forensically watch what we eat. In fact, we all probably eat too many sweets and use the excuse of "we ran a lot today, we deserve it" WAY too many times. However, as runners, we believe that it is important to eat well to replenish our bodies with good nutrients after a hard day of training, but this does not limit us to several different kinds of foods during the week. I think that the only time of the week we are only very "picky" about what we eat, is the night before a race and the morning of.
Water is a huge part of our diet. Drinking about 70 ounces of water a day is the minimum amount that we should be drinking. You would be surprised how much of a difference it makes to drink water. I always notice that if I havent drunk enough water one day, practice seems that much harder; whether it be my breathing or my legs.