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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Off the Beaten Path: Just Go Grocery-Shopping

June 8 – 12, 2015

Welcome to the game, Vivofit.
Welcome to the game, Vivofit.

1) This has been the first week of using my new Garmin Vivofit 2, and I love it. It tracks your steps, miles, and calories burned even at rest during the day and your sleep at night. Plus, it comes with an alarm if you have been sedentary for too long (except at night when you’re asleep). I really needed that since I have a desk job and a sneaking suspicion that my hip pain is from sitting too long. Also, I bought it because, living in a city that is as walkable as DC, sheer curiosity of exactly how many miles I log on foot every day eventually got to me. I went with Garmin over other brands because I am brand-loyal and Garmin made my running watch. The first day that I used my Garmin Vivofit 2, I logged about 14 miles– 10 of which were from the Baltimore 10-Miler. The second day, a Sunday spent indoors and at the pool, I dropped down to just about 7,500 steps. Monday, I met my goal of 10,000 steps, but Tuesday was the winner so far in non-running mileage: 6.45 miles walked. That’s more miles than I run midweek during marathon training. It might be no wonder why I am always feeling exhausted, and now I’m wondering if I should be shooting for at least 9 hours of sleep a night instead of my standard minimum 8 hours. Continue reading “Off the Beaten Path: Just Go Grocery-Shopping”

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”