For a long time I’ve had a hard time grasping the concept of fueling to run.

I originally started running to lose weight.

It didn’t make sense to eat calories to burn calories.

It’s counterintuitive.

I still struggle with it.

I’ve suffered from disordered eating and body dysmorphia.

Although I’ve come a long way, I still struggle with food and my body.

I ran fasted for years.

I was weak and tired.

Sometimes I could barely finish a workout.

I was grumpy and irritated.

My body broke down. It couldn’t handle the punishment.

I didn’t perform to my potential.

It all comes down to what you’re running or training for.

If you’re engaging in low intensity exercise, you may be able to get away with less fuel.

If you’re engaging in vigorous, intense activity and are are looking to perform at a high level, you’re probably going to need fuel.

When we fuel we can go harder and longer.

We have more energy, can get in a better workout, and can maybe even burn more.

Since I began fueling, I’ve been training better, performing better, feeling better and stronger, and racing better.

Food is fuel. Fuel is energy. We need fuel to be at our best and reach our full potential.

Fueling takes practice and like any relationship, takes time, attention, and work.