As I mentioned in both my Weekly Meals and Weekly Workouts posts this week I’m running my 1st half marathon of 2016 on Sunday. This means my usual sneaking in a few chocolates here, a couple chips there and maybe having some buttery microwaved popcorn at work needs to stop (temporarily). I have such a sensitive stomach eating 1 wrong this can mess me up for days so I have to be extra careful with my eating before a race.
A few months ago I read an article Kellen at A Cup of Kellen wrote after running her first full marathon titled “20 things I wish I knew before running a marathon”. After reading this my view on eating and running completely changed by 1 simple statement she made:
“Eat to run, don’t run to eat”
That simple little statement hit home. I’m so guilty of finishing an awesome training run and immediately going home and stuffing my with a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, pizza for lunch then getting froyo for dessert because “I earned it”. Well, sucks when I wake up the next feeling awful and sluggish. “Eat to run, don’t run to eat”. I’m really working on changing my mindset from “I earned this crappy food” to “what food can I eat that will make my runs even better” and it’s made such a difference in both my recovery time and training.
This “What I Ate Wednesday” (which is actually what I ate on Tuesday) is to show you all what I typically eat in a day leading up to a big race. It’s not perfect, but hey it works.
For more information on what “WIAW” is all about click here.
What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW):
6:45 am: Lately I can hardly handle putting creamer into my coffee much less actually preparing breakfast. But today I did manage to get down my usual cup of coffee.
7:45 am: I was running late as usual so for breakfast I just toasted a piece of Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread and smeared about 1 Tbsp of peanut butter from Sprouts on top. Easy, healthy, filling breakfast to go.
8:30 am: I was already starving…shocker. So I started sipping on my Green Detox Drink and a big cup of green tea. I’ve added a couple new things to my detox drink since everyone in the world is sick right now. I now add 1 packet of Emergen-C for a vitamin C boost and 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green SuperFood powder for probiotics and extra nutrients (more on this amazing product later).
10:30 am: Break time! Individual Fage yogurts were on sale for only $.88 at Sprouts this weekend so I stocked up. I topped my Fage with some granola for a little sweetness and texture. This specific granola was a chocolate one from the bulk section at Sprouts…yum.
12:00 pm: a few cashews…
1:00 pm: Whenever I don’t have enough leftovers from dinner the night before my go to lunch is either a salmon patty from Costco or an Amy’s bowl. Today was an Amy’s bowl, specifically a Broccoli & Cheddar Bake…YUM! I discovered Amy’s bowls a couple years ago when my coworker Cara at Nutrition Milestones was pregnant. She seriously ate an Amy’s bowl every single day for lunch and it got me hooked…actually by the end of her pregnancy I think everyone in our office was hooked. But hey they’re cheap, have about 20g of protein, only 350-400 calories and are VERY satisfying.
You can find Amy’s bowls the cheapest at Target, Ralph’s and Sprouts (at least that I’ve found) and check out all the different bowls here.
3:30 pm: I always try to have my pre-workout snack around this time so it’s totally digested by the time I make it to the gym/ yoga/ run or whatever I’m doing at 7:00 pm after work. Today I had a peanut butter Perfect Bar. I LOVE these bars because they fill me up and are not full of crap. Some other great things about Perfect Bars:
- sweetened with honey and dates- no refined sugars
- whole food protein
- 20 hidden super foods like kale, spinach, alfalfa, celery…etc
- gluten free
5:30 pm: I had 2 rice cakes. I eat so much throughout the day- just a little grazing here and there haha!
8:00 pm: Post workout protein shake time! I blended half a frozen banana with 1 scoop Isoflex and unsweetened vanilla almond milk and chug it down.
8:30 pm: DINNER! I know I eat so late but it’s honestly the only way I can fit everything into my schedule. Tonight’s dinner was suppose to be Crockpot Salsa Chicken Thighs but I couldn’t find my usual chicken at Costco so had to improvise with some turkey that I added onion, green pepper and taco seasoning to and ate over a salad of lettuce, corn, black beans, tomatoes, brown rice, black olives and avocado.
10:00 pm: A cup of peppermint tea and 2 chocolate squares to finally relax and unwind. Goodnight!
My question is, what do YOU do to “reward” yourself after an awesome run, going to the gym for a week straight or just having a great week of clean eating? …some new Lululemon? Put a few bucks away for a trip?