Last week I was feeling overcooked and drained and this week I am feeling more excited than ever. We just have to stick with it when we hit those valleys in our training because before you know it, your emotions will change all over again (I’m sure hormones have something to do with it for me too haha).
I had a new pair of Ghost 12s on and they just made it feel like I was running on clouds. It’s amazing what a new pair of running shoes does for our body. I didn’t want to take them off afterwards but I did because I want to save them as much as possible for my runs.
Still working on the pull-ups almost every day. I am currently at 1.5 of them and you were all so right—> the bands don’t help nearly as much as it does to just start at the top and VERY slowly lower your body. Practicing that over and over again somehow transferred over to a pull-up for me.
If she finds a rubber band, she puts it right on her wrist like I do. They pay attention to every detail of what we do!
And then I didn’t really take any other pictures yesterday besides this one!
Let’s talk about food for a minute. I get a lot of questions about what I am eating before and after my runs! I don’t often take pictures of what I eat in the mornings because it is either early or boring or I’m eating as I am brushing someone’s hair while I am giving a spelling test all at once!
So here is how it usually goes:
I have to eat before every run or I feel terrible during my runs. I didn’t used to eat before my easy runs but I feel so much better now when I do. If it is just a normal run then I’ll have some toast with jam and/or a banana along with some juice. I’ve even had a bowl of cereal before my runs once a week or so lately and if we have bagels, that is my #1 pick. Before a workout I will eat a jam/bread sandwich in bed (I pack it the night before and just put it by my bed) before I get up and then go to the kitchen and get my UCAN (code HUNGRYRUNNERGIRL will get you 10% off) mixed up and sip on that while I get ready.
After a run: A lot of mornings I have a protein bar and a banana or I’ll make a smoothie. On Friday’s Andrew always makes crepes for the kids so I have that and on other days when he is home he makes egg scrambles that are delicious for us.
My two favorite protein bars: Costco ones and G2G (code hungryrunner gets you 20% off).
I also have Superhero Muffins ready often for me to grab after a run to eat quickly.
Once a week (sometimes more…) we will go grab a Jamba Juice and bread from Great Harvest for breakfast. I’m hoping the kids will want to do this with me for the rest of their lives.
As far as the rest of the day goes, leftovers have been my best friend for lunch. I’m trying to triple recipes sometimes haha so I can have lunches to eat throughout the week and things to send with Andrew to work! Megan’s cream cheese chicken chili below along with a loaf of bread for my nephew ha.
I’m also trying to roast a ton of veggies a time or two each week so that it is easy to grab veggies throughout the day. I’m not one to really eat vegetables raw (except for carrots and snap peas) so if I don’t prep them before, it’s hard for me to eat them. PS if I add a sweet potato to my roasting pan then I cook it in the microwave to soften it up a bit before I put it on the pan to roast with everything else. The more olive oil the better IMO and cooked veggies just taste so so good.
As far as snacks go, I try to always have some fruit cut up and ready to eat, cereal is a must (vanilla Life= try it please), avocado w/a spoon (Skye’s favorite snack to join me with), I always have a loaf of Great Harvest bread available for me to eat at home with some almond butter and I LOVE having some good meat or cheese from the grocery store to snack on. Getting in enough carbohydrates each day has never been hard for me but making sure I am getting in enough protein has been and sliced meat to eat with crackers helps me with that! Cookies have been my number one favorite treat lately too (my sister and I ordered cookies to be delivered to us Saturday night while watching TLC shows and it was the absolute best).
I don’t track anything but I just try to include carbs/protein/fats in every meal (that is what makes me feel best). At this point in training I am eating pretty much throughout the entire day.
Last thing before I let you go today, Lindsay just finished her first marathon and sent me this picture. I loved the signs that her niece and nephew made and asked her if I could share it here too! GO LINDSAY!
Oh yeah and one last thing, our town is pretty much all ready and decorated for Christmas… is yours?
Too soon to start decorating for Christmas or it’s never early enough?
Tell me what you eat before and after a run! Or tell me about easy snacks that you like to have around!
Tell me about any meal/snack prep that you do?! I want to learn from you!
What running shoes are you wearing the most lately? Any other Ghost fans?