Today marks the Catholic start of Lent.
Leading up to Easter, the most holy of Catholic days, sacrifice is to be had.
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and for the 40 days and 40 nights prior to Easter, focus is on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. This includes fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as well as abstaining from meat on Fridays.
For the runners who are not accustomed to worrying about meal timing in relation to running, here’s what you need to consider:
According to Canon Law, anyone between the ages of 18-59 in good health are required to fast.
How does this fast work?
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday practitioners are allowed one full meal and one or two meatless snacks during the day.
What’s the best practice for this fasting routine and running?
Intermittent fasting is an actual practice for many people as it offers many health benefits. Most typically they push breakfast back from early in the morning to later morning.
During the Lent fast, you must simply find what works best for you.
On a regular day, you may have a light breakfast, go for a run, and have a snack afterwards. Or perhaps you run on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and eat a full breakfast afterwards. Maybe your schedule has you running after work, which means prior to this run you likely ate two full meals plus a snack or two. All are far cries from Lent.
For most people not accustomed to fasting, I would recommend a number of considerations.
Bonus: No Meat?
What does a vegetarian eat if they don’t eat meat? Everything else.
During this time when you’re also limited on the amount of meat you can eat, you may be at a bit off a loss of what to include.
This could be a fun time to experiment with fake meat, try some tofu, or just throw more vegetables into your dinner! Prepare meatless meals that you’ve never made before, make it fun!
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