What I eat to fuel for a long run + A New Recipe

Hey There! Happy hump day! I hope you are all having a great week so far. If not never fear the weekend is almost here!! And if that doesn’t help, look at how cute my dog is! I do not usually run with him because he drives me nuts. I mean, doesn’t he know we have work to do? We do not have time to stop and sniff e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g!!

Well. I did it. I ran 10 miles on Sunday. I have to admit it wasn’t my best run but I did finish. Sometimes I get nervous that come race day I am going to feel as tired as I do during some of my training runs. But my husband reminded me that on race day all the excitement and adrenaline will kick in and carry me through every mile. And I know he is right.

A few things I eat to fuel my run that day. I start the day before and try my hardest to keep consistent with this on a daily basis. I want to make sure that my body is fueled properly everyday and ready to run.

I started breakfast with a piece of cashew bread (I made myself). It is all protein so I added a half banana for the carbohydrates.

I also used this electrolyte water the day before and also in the morning. I am not able to have the energy drinks. Which I am not upset about because if I am being completely honest… they are really bad for you. The dye and sweetener. Not good stuff. This one is from Whole Foods.

I also drank this coconut water. The day before and right after my run. It is important to begin refueling those glycogen stores that were lost during your run. It takes about 2 days to replenish them. And coconut water is a great way to get in your carbs without sugar.

As you can see hydration is huge in prepping for a long run. I aim for half my body weight in ounces and on run day I do my whole weight. That way I know I am staying hydrated. Also be sure to add good healthy carbs from veggies, fruit and a sweet potato. Try your best to avoid sugars and “junk” food before your long runs, that can really weigh you down.

I have a new recipe for you. I absolutely LOVE this Hearty ChickenStew with Butternut squash and Quinoa!! I eat it to the point of pain. ha! I linked to the website I got it from because it is a bit of a process. Also I think this blog has some great recipes to try.

This is a great pre-race dinner because of the amount of carbohydrates in it per serving! The butternut squash and Quinoa make it such a healthy option. I left out the olives because.. I am really not a fan. Enjoy!

Let’s chat!

Do you like the weekend or weekday better?

Me: The weekday! Why? because no one is home. ha! The whole house to myself 6 hours everyday.

Do you have a dog? And do you take him/her running?

How do you fuel for a race/run? I am always looking for new ideas!


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