I have zero sense of direction. Usually, when I am running trails that I don’t know very well, I am either with someone that does know them or I have my All Trails app open and I’m checking my tiny dot on the map every so often to see if I am on the right trail…
But on Saturday, I was way too distracted by our conversation and took these two on a few wrong turns, and we ended up very far from the trail we were planning on running. Unfortunately, my phone didn’t have service at that point, so thankfully, Megan D found some bike tracks to follow to get us back to where we needed to be!
The red rocks and sand never get old to me. 10.23 miles total with about 1,000 ft of climbing.
I need to learn the trails in St. George better!
We got to the point where we needed a break from the sun, so we swam indoors instead.
We were able to pick up Brooke on Sunday morning, and then we made it back up north in time for my nephew’s farewell. He is going on a mission, and so he spoke in church before he starts on Thursday!
Looking way too grown up these days.
Afterward, his friends and our family went over to my sister’s house to eat and talk. We had all of his favorite foods there…
Including pizza bites! My sister baked up 600 of them. My nephew and his friends eat these by the handful.
We relaxed there for a while too.
We are all going to miss him way too much.
CHERRY SEASON HAS ARRIVED!!
I am NOT a dietician, and I have zero training in this… just sharing what has worked for me.
Andrew and I talked the other day in the car about how much our eating has changed in the last five years that we have known each other. He eats more sweets because of me, and I eat more calorie-dense meals because of him. I think that calorie-dense meals are something that helped me to get faster. For years I thought that a salad a day and other pretty low-calorie type meals were enough to fuel, but it wasn’t. 2019 was by far my fastest year with PRs in every distance, and I think that eating more is a big part of that. I am 100% positive that I could not have made it through the running that I did that year (and I’ve continued with it since) without changing my diet to more calorie-dense meals and snacks.
If I get one more email like this one below about a 1,200 calorie diet, I’m going to scream. The diet culture in our world has made us believe that less is more with food, and it sure trained my brain to think like that for a while. By sharing my journey of figuring this out, I hope to help change the idea that runners (or anyone) should be eating low-calorie meals all day. I tried that. I was injured often, lost my period for a while, was too tired to increase my mileage or speed, and coming nowhere near my potential. Eating a low-calorie diet (aka fewer calories than what I was burning!) had me thinking about food ALL. OF. THE. TIME. which meant I didn’t have time to think about the really important things in life because I was planning out my every meal and feeling guilty for whatever I had already eaten.
I do not count calories, macros, or anything at all, but I know the meals that make me feel good, provide me energy and help me to run and recover well. I’ll still have salads now and then, but that’s because it sounds good, and it’s usually part of the meal and not my main meal. I know we are all so different, so once again, this is what has worked for me, but my running friends have all agreed that they run faster, are injured way less often, and feel so much stronger when they are eating calorie & nutrient-dense meals and avoiding how the diet culture tells women to eat.
I eat everyday things to get in the fuel I need, and I would LOVE to hear what you do! I would love if anyone could add in vegetarian, vegan, or allergy-friendly options in the comments too!
*Burgers. I eat a lot of burgers made at home. I’ll add things like avocado, kale, bacon, cheese, sautéed peppers/onions to the buns with my burger, and I usually have TJs sweet potato fries on the side. Oh, and when you eat your burger with a bagel rather than a bun, it is even more delicious… especially if the bagel has cheese on it.
*I love Shalane’s recovery quinoa salad A LOT, and we make it often. I add protein and avocado on top usually too.
*Breakfast burritos…. Tortilla, whole eggs, avocado, bacon, sautéed veggies like spinach and peppers, cheese, and potatoes.
*Burrito bowls… or the salads that I used to make on top of beans and rice with a tortilla to scoop it all up with. A lot of our meals are on top of rice and beans or quinoa. We will add roasted veggies to the top, a protein like a steak or chicken, avocado, and cheese.
*Sandwiches in between hearty pieces of bread! My current favorite sandwiches are grilled chicken with pesto and mozzarella cheese on a panini maker or a grilled cheese on sourdough bread with bacon, guac, and tomatoes.
*Pasta with things like homemade Alfredo, turkey trot meatballs, pasta primavera, pink sauce pasta, carbonara, my mom’s lasagna, or this summer skillet lasagna. Garlic bread is a must with all of these.
*Enchiladas are always a win at our house with some rice and beans on the side.
*Jen’s Pad Thai is fantastic.
*Curry curry curry over lots of sticky rice.
*Soups (my top 10 favorites are here) with some bread (and if the soup is in a bread bowl, I am in heaven).
And my favorite snacks have to be Shalane’s superhero muffins and more ideas in this post!
I would love to hear from you about some of your favorite calorie and nutrient-dense meals that help you and your running to feel fabulous!
How has your eating changed over the years if it has?
Ever gotten lost on a run? How’d you find your way back?
What was the best part of your weekend?