One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.
Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!
Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint.
Food was a common theme on my blog last week. Specifically why I’m being extra cautious to not deprive my body of proper nutrients during this half marathon training cycle, why healthy fats are so important (especially for athletes) and then shared some of my favorite food items.
As I reflected on this past week I thought it would be informative to share what I eat on a typical day that I’m doing a long training run. On these days I definitely make an extra effort to eat clean, hydrate and really just properly prepare my body for a long ass run!
So here’s a breakdown of every single thing I ate last Friday before my 9 mile run.
I spent this past weekend in Vegas for some quality fun and family time.
It was quick trip; drive out Friday afternoon and then turn around and come back Sunday morning but it was worth it.
The drive from San Diego to Vegas can anywhere from 4 to 12 hours depending on traffic. This trip took about 8 hours but it went by very quickly since my boyfriend, Bryce, and I discovered the podcast Serial and packed awesome snacks.
Total side note- Have you listened to Serial? It’s basically Making A Murderer but a podcast. I highly recommend it! And for those who have watched it…Did he do it?
When I’m packing for a road trip I’m that psycho that packs about 9835783945 drinks, 75687435 snacks and strategically plans exactly where we’re stopping for lunch.
So I figured what better of a What I Ate Wednesday than sharing What I Ate on my road trip to Vegas and doing a mini Vegas recap as well!
I love leftovers. They just make life so much easier.
One of the best tips I can give to anyone struggling to think of healthy lunch ideas is to simply cook a double portion at dinner.
Bryce probably thinks I’m crazy but right when I’m done cooking dinner I break out 2 Tupperware and immediately portion out lunches for us both before we dig in.
This helps in so many ways:
- We both have a healthy lunch ready for the next day
- It helps control portions at dinner
- You save so much money
- You save SO MUCH TIME!!!!!
- The lunches are way more exciting than some boring turkey sandwich over and over again
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Today I’m linking up with Peas And Crayons for a Leftovers Edition of What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW).
On Sunday I had a BBQ at my house for my sister’s birthday and purposely cooked tons of extra salmon, steak and sausage to have for the week…killing 2 birds with 1 stone right? Host a BBQ and meal prep for the week!
I got such positive feedback last time I did a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post so I wanted to do another one. This is more of What I Ate on Tuesday but hey you get it.
If you have no idea what WIAW is all about visit the blog Peas And Crayons for a full explanation. It’s basically bloggers sharing what they really eat in a day. The purpose of this being to share ideas and inspire healthy eating all over the web.
Let’s get to it!
6:00am: Woke up and hit snooze 893749324 times
6:30am: Jose’s Chocolate Raspberry Coffee (SO GOOD) with less than 1 Tbsp of Silk vanilla almond milk creamer
7:30am: My Green Detox Drink 2.0! I’ve recently been changing up my daily green drink. Now I dissolve 1 Nuun tab into the water to give it some extra flavor and beneficial electrolytes. Then I just do 3 giant handfulls of kale, about a cup of mixed tropical fruit, a giant piece (about thumb size) of fresh ginger then a heaping scoop of Amazing Grass Green SuperFood.
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.