But first, a few things that have been happening in our neck of the woods.
-Brooke thought she was pretty bomb for being the one to ride on the tallest pony at Farm Country.
-We also met some baby goats.
-We went on some ladybug hunts.
-Look at us hanging out with all sorts of animals. Tuesday night we went to my grandma’s house and sat on the back porch. It felt like a summer night.
3 great side-effects of marathon training that I am currently experiencing.
1. During Brooke’s nap I got out the computer to write emails and I don’t even remember falling asleep. The falling asleep randomly thing is happening more and more often lately. Is it time to taper yet?!
2. Getting into the shower and dying a little bit when the water hits any areas that have chaffed. Yesterday I did 10 miles @ 8:21 pace on the treadmill. The gym was a sauna and so I am guessing that is what helped this little chaffing area to come to life on the back of my arm. Fun stuff.
3. I could eat our entire apartment building at any given time. I don’t think it is just the mileage that makes me crazy hungry during marathon training but the combination of a lot of speedwork and mileage that makes me want to eat all day long.
Nutrition while marathon training is tricky. There have been times that I lost weight while training for a marathon (especially, when I had that fun giardia thing going on) and times that I have gained weight while running so much because I was always hungry. Finding what works for you is key but here are a few things that I do to make sure I am getting plenty of calories and nutrients to fuel my training but not eating every cookie/donut/thing in sight. PS I know I am nowhere near an expert but I get a lot of questions about this so here ya go:
-95% of my meals contain vegetables and usually a lot of them. They are nutrient dense, they are good for my running and they taste delicious when roasted. I always eat them first when I sit down for a meal so that I make sure I get in some hardcore nutrients first thing and then they don’t get pushed to the side.
-Fats. For so many years I bought fat free everything but that is not the case anymore. I include some sort of fat most meals now. They add that satiety factor that I do not get from carbohydrates. It makes my meals feel complete. I feel like I crave sugar a lot more too when I am not getting enough fat in my diet… does that happen to anybody else?
-Protein. I crave protein daily. Proteins contribute to a lot of my daily calories and they also help me to feel satisfied when it is part of my meal. I love to snack on protein rich foods (eggs and beef jerky are two of my favorite snacks lately).
-I am a big believer in carbohydrates too. They are our bodies main source of fuel. Plus, they taste the best;) I can feel in my running when I am not getting enough carbohydrates and that is no bueno. Complex carbs also help me to feel more satisfied than the simple ones and so I reach for those more often.
-I eat a sweet potato a day to continue that orange glow that I am rocking—> not sure how this plays into this post but whatever.
So, basically… I try to include carbs, fats, veggies and proteins in every meal so that I am not starving 2 minutes after eating a meal. I notice that when I do, I feel a whole lot better and I am less likely to eat 13 cookies because I am in dire need of some quick energy at 3 pm. My calories definitely increase when I am marathon training and as you know, I have my fair share of treats but those usually come after a pretty balanced (in my opinion) meal.
This was a winner yesterday—> avocado toast with grilled chicken, roasted broccoli (tossed in olive oil and sea salt) and some fruit!
Also, it is now my life goal to try each of these 5 New Ways To Top Avocado Toast:
Most importantly… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM TODAY!!!!! Brooke and I love you to pieces!
How do you handle the marathon/half-marathon hunger beast? What is your nutrition philosophy?
Favorite source to get in your dietary fat!?!
-Avocados. 100% avocados.
Have any animals?! What? Names also please!
Something that you are excited about TODAY!