Hi there, friends!
I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday in a hot minute, so I figured it was time. Even more fun, I figured it would be great to recap all of my eats after a 22 mile day. I’ve done 20+ mile runs the last three weekends in a row, so I’m feeling much more experienced with them. So, here is how a typical long run day goes.
6am wakeup: I immediately drink a glass of water while turning on the coffee maker. I toast a piece of Dave’s Killer Bread and slab it with peanut butter and banana slices. I also had a pumpkin muffin, and some half caff/half decaf coffee.
I head out the door around 7:30 for my long run. During the run, I had a few gels and probably 36-40 oz of water (more on that here). I spaced the gels out every 45 minutes or so, and drank water throughout as needed. By the end of the run, I was beyond thirsty so chugged more water.
I was also craving fruit, so I ate some sliced mango (unpictured). I was so glad I packed that to have after. Vitamin C is also a natural antioxidant, so it is great for combatting the free radicals and oxidative stress that running creates. I decided to stop for a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee with two pumps of pumpkin. I’m a Rhode Island girl, so I always choose Dunkin over Starbucks. Plus, I don’t love the PSL’s, which are wayyy too sweet for me. But when I can control a little bit of pumpkin flavor, it’s delicious.
Lunch #1/Post Run Fuel
The only thing I want after a long run is water and smoothie bowls. That hasn’t changed, despite the weather cooling down. I made this smoothie bowl with Vega One Performance Chocolate Protein. Obsessed is an understatement.
I love this protein powder because it has 30 grams of protein. It is made with turmeric and tart cherry juice, both of which are great for recovery. I topped it with more pumpkin muffins (only 1/3 of it made it into the picture since I chomped on it before taking), Justin’s vanilla almond butter, hemp seeds and sprouted oat granola. I combined spinach, frozen bananas, frozen blueberries and 2% milk for the smoothie base.
Mini salad with some salmon turmeric burgers, which bonus, are also good for inflammation thanks to the healthy omega 3’s and turmeric!
And this kombucha that I love. With two pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (You can see how quickly I can go through a stash of muffins). Also, some freshly cut pineapple and strawberries.
I’ve found that I have been mindlessly snacking a lot while marathon training. Yeah, I definitely need the extra calories, but I’m trying to become a little bit more conscious about what I reach for, especially if I’m snacking consistently. These muffins are made with flax and oats, so complex carbs and healthy fats there, which really make a difference. I’m a serial cereal (weird to place those two words next to each other!) snacker, but it obviously never holds me over. I’ll learn some day…
Ed and I went to Brixx for dinner. I had the greek pizza, and we also split the korean BBQ meatballs – newflash, they weren’t that good. A little too dry for my taste! But I was craving meat, so we still ate them.
In between all of my eating, I was icing, watching football and working on blog stuff. I was also trying to drink lots of water. Sometimes, the hunger doesn’t hit me until a day or two after a long run, but on this day, it hit me strong!! I was starving like every hour.
More pizza, but this time, to tame the sweet tooth! 2 delicious slices of this dessert pizza! I eat the chocolate peanut butter yogurt glaze by the spoonful. Plus, since the crust is made with oats and high protein almond flour, it’s rather filling. I just subbed the kiwi and used banana. You can never go wrong with sliced banana, am I right?
The rest of the night was spent relaxing in an Epsom salt bath and reading this. I’m trying to read for pleasure, but who am I kidding, I’m taking so many notes. So much good stuff in here!
Favorite recovery food/fuel?
PSLs, or do you have another seasonal favorite?
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