Fueling Up for Long Runs and Workouts

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I often get the question from both fellow runners and curious encouragers, “How do you get through all of that training?” As in, what do you eat to get through it. While I can’t lie that I sometimes eat like a 12-year-old (I’m known for my love of Pop Tarts as pre-long run breakfast because they digest easy and are a quick source of fuel, but regardless not a healthy choice), I try to eat healthy so that I can recover from hard runs faster. Sure, it’s great in theory to be able to eat “whatever you want because you’ll just run it off,” but the fact is, you can’t do that because your body needs nutrients to repair itself from all the work you do. One time, after a long weekend training run, all I wanted was a big fat salad. You know things have gotten pretty bad in Diet Town when you crave salad after a long run. Continue reading “Fueling Up for Long Runs and Workouts”

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Yummy Eats: Banana Spinach Smoothie

It’s not very often that I say that I “swear by” something. I don’t remember who said variety was the spice of life (or I’m just too lazy to Google it), but whoever said it got it right. However, for the past two years, I have been making a smoothie that I (deep breath) swear by: my banana spinach smoothie. Yep. Banana. Spinach. Together. In a refreshing, vitamin and mineral, protein-packed fountain-of-youth-esque medley of clearer skin, stronger hair, faster muscle recovery, consistent [ahem] regularity, better sleep, and sturdier bones. Nicknamed by a less-than-convinced ex-boyfriend the “baby poop smoothie” for its pale green color (something I still find funny), this versatile blend has earned the coveted spot of “never letting you go” in my vast array of daily clean and healthy eats. Continue reading “Yummy Eats: Banana Spinach Smoothie”