So do you suffer from the condition know as “runger”? What is runger you ask? Runger is the condition where after you have done a race or double digit mile training run, and feel like you can eat everything in sight. It is a condition I have and am still trying to get a handle on. Considering that I already run because I like to eat, running longer mileages exacerbates the condition.
On average, a runner burns about 100 calories per mile, so a 15 mile run will net you around 1,500 calories burnt. That sounds like a lot, until you start tracking the slices of pizza, cake, etc. that you eat afterward to quiche that runger condition. Also, factoring any energy supplements you take during the run (Gels, energy drink, etc.) it will all add up.
Here is an article with all the details on how to tackle the Runger situation.
Taming your Runger (aka Running Hunger)
A couple of points that the article bring out:
1. Access your effort. If you are not running more than an hour, you should not be changing your normal daily intake (aka no carb-loading required).
2. Fuel before the run so your body will register that you are full faster afterward, thus curbing the mega eat at post run.
3. Never run just to eat, eat to run.
I hope this article review help your understanding on runger. I certainly helped here.