OK: I've had 18 months away from the sport. I am running quite a bit again, with goals of consistently running 70mpw in a month, and then keeping it there for a while and gradually introducing workouts. A pleasant surprise at running again is that my moderate pace is about 15 seconds per mile faster than it has been before, despite such a long break, and I have no issue with running for upwards of an hour, at this pace, several times a week. This has made me want to see how good I can be.
The unpleasant surprise is that I am 20lbs above what I imagine would be my best racing weight. I don't look fat at all, but I am 5'11 and weigh 160lb. I've never thought about weight before (and weighed about 152lb when I was last running) and just googling "diet and running" conjures up a bunch of crap.
Basically, I imagine going from running 0 mpw (2 weeks ago) to an eventual target of a consistent 70mpw with sprints and strides will mean some of the poundage will take care of itself, but all the same, the scale is a wake up call that I probably can't just eat what I like anymore. I never ate sh!t like chocolate or cookies before anyway, but the majority of my diet consists of carbs and fruit.
Basically, my questions are:
Should I be eating almost entirely protein and veg, or would this inhibit running?
Should I count calories, or should I just assume that the increased exercise will compensate?
I am a student - I can't really afford much fancy stuff. What is the best way to eat super-healthy on a budget?
Peace. Thank y'all for listening.