Hey-yo party folks!
We all chipper and dapper this Monday morning?
I’m pretty sure my body hates me today, since yesterday was my last long run before the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon next weekend!
I had a minor…nah MAJOR panic attack when I realized it is next weekend, rather than two weeks out that I had thought. I had yet to perfect my morning breakfast or different fueling options, and realizing this was my lost shot kinda threw me into a panic.
After google searching about different breakfast options, timing, and hydration, I flew out to load up on dates, a couple larabars, and more emergen-c to get ready for my first…and last morning long run.
With 11 miles ahead of me and 25 degrees of cloudy weather in the forecast, I didn’t exactly get a good nights sleep. I was praying that my morning meal and fuel change to dates would settle well with me.
While I loved using the mints as fuel, I needed something with some more bang for its buck calorie and sugar wise. Pretty much bites of natural but loads of sugar..dates it was.
Any runner with GI issues is scared of..well GI issues on a run, and trying a new meal and fuel had me scared….well you get the point.
I am still focusing my diet on whole foods, choosing not to fuel with bagels or toast as many of searches suggested for pre-run breakfast options. I settled on a banana with 1 tbsp of peanut butter, 1/2 carrot cake larabar, and a glass of Emergen-C two hours before my run.
I’ve been mega-dosing vitamin C after my research about it’s potential help with exercise-induced asthma. My first experiment happened to be 60 degree weather, so it wasn’t exactly conclusive.
This time, with bitter cold weather I was ready for it. 30 minutes before I finished the second half of my larabar, which is my new favorite flavor, surprised? I filled my camelbak with 3 cups of water and another packet of emergen-C, stocked with 3 baggies full of 3 dates each, and a few star mints for backup.
I used emergen-c instead of gatorade or (gag) coconut water, for more vitamin C and also for some extra sugars, and electrolytes. Might as well kill two birds with one stone!
So after all this rambling…I survived!
I had no issues with breathing…or lack there of, and no GI issues. Hooray!
I did however average a much slower pace (10:21) which I’m hoping will improve with some carbo-loading this week and a heck of a lot of adrenaline that comes with races.
After overestimating my route, I ended up running an extra mile after finishing. I was freezing and running would get me home faster.
And to this plate of deliciousnness. Scrambled eggs with cheese and ketchup and a sweet potato with butter and peanut butter. Hit the spot.
Phew! That’s enough running for your Monday. Another great recipe is coming to you Friday, so for now let’s meal plan!
Here’s what I have in store for this week:
Breakfast: -Greek Yogurt Protein Bowls
-Spinach & Feta Omelets
-Flax English Muffins from Stuft Mama
Lunch: -Raw Collard Green Salad from Eating Bird Food served with
-Teriyaki TofuBaked from Nasoya
-Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup from Cooking Classy
Dinner: -Brinner! with Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes from Daily Burn
-Shredded Cabbage Pad Thai From Paint & Tofu
-(Tofu) Spaghetti & Eggplant Meatballs from Midwest Veg
-Veggie Burgers & Minestrone Soup
Snacks: -Gingerbread Protein Balls from A Whisk & Two Wands
-Cucumbers & Greek Yogurt Dip
-Fresh Veggies & Peanut Butter or Guacamole
As if running 11 miles wasn’t enough, grocery shopping and meal prep all-day made this tea all the more amazing…and an extra early bedtime all the more appealing.
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Make it a great day!
What’s your favorite tea (or coffee) flavor?
What’s one good thing you’re cooking this week?