This weekend I learned a valuable less the hard way: you need to fuel your work outs properly or it could end in a disaster. I’m no professional athlete. I don’t run as fast as most and I’m not as strict with my diet as some. I like to treat myself to a yummy meal or a sweet treat. I work out hard, so why not, right?
Well Sunday morning, I learn exactly why not. Saturday night we decided to stay in, pop in a movie and order some take out. Indian was decided on, and I figured sure, it’s a good carby meal to fuel my long run for the next day. I woke up the next morning ready to take on the world, only to find out that my boyfriend had NOTHING to eat in his house except for a Kind bar and some gummy vitamins. I munched on those, strapped on my Garmin and hit the road with my running buddy Kate. Not three miles into our 9.5 mile run, I started to feel ill and was dry heaving. The carby Indian meal was not settling well and it was ruining my morning. I managed to make it through the 9.5 miles (slowly, with a few stops along the way to ahem, clear the stomach) but it wasn’t fun and I realized I need to stick with oldies but goodies.
I really should have known better about the Indian food, I usually stick with some pasta and a salad the night before a race…why should the night before a long run be any different? It doesn’t matter though if you’re getting ready for a race or just plan on getting up early for a yoga class or a early morning gym session, what you put into your body the night before is going to determine how you perform the next day. If you don’t eat enough, if you eat too much or like me, you eat the wrong thing.
As for the morning, from now on I’ll pack what I plan on eating, don’t depend on anyone else! Not everyone wakes up early to work out, and not everyone fuels with the same things. Our bodies are all different and we function on different sources. My boyfriend doesn’t really have a lot of breakfast food because he usually works out later in the day and has already had a few meals in him. I NEED the morning fuel.
Don’t know what works for you? Try out some different things. Here’s what I have found works best for me.
When it comes to running I keep it simple with some gluten free waffles and a little bit of teddies peanut butter spread on top.
If I’m lifting in the morning I like to have something a little bit more substantial, and either have some oatmeal with banana and peanut butter or some yogurt with fruit, chia seeds and some GoLean crunch cereal (an amazing combination by the way).
Hydration is something that I’ve been struggling with this summer and I’ve found that I need something MORE than water is needed for how much I sweat on my runs. I’m really loving Skratch labs hydration. All the flavors I’ve tried are really good, my favorite though so far has been pineapple.
My suggestion to you is to try different things out, it’s taken me awhile (and some nasty work outs) to figure out what works best. Find the combo that works and stick with it so that you feel good about your fitness and not want to die like I did on Sunday!!!
I decided to start with some weekly recaps on my training since the weeks are dwindling down on my race season. I’m 3 weeks away from my second sprint triathlon and 5 weeks away from my 3rd half marathon. I’d say I’ve had a successful race season this year and I can’t wait to see what next year will bring!
My goals for the spring tri are mainly to just not freak out on the swim and not to forget my bib number for the run! For the half marathon, I’d REALLY like to break 2 hours, but at the pace I have been running, I’m not so sure it will happen. But we’ll see.
Monday: Is always a rest day, I have my groceries delivered the night before (part laziness, part I don’t have a car in the city) so Monday mornings I wake up early and do my meal prepping. It keeps me feeling productive even if I’m not kicking butt.
Tuesday: Run field test day! This field test was to see how far I can run in 20 minutes. The first time I did the test I did 2.24 miles. This time I ran 2.42! Getting a little faster every day!
Wednesday: AM Swim field test, this test was how fast I could do 500m with a 10s break in between each one. I KILLED this test and cut a whole minute off my time!
PM Spin class at the gym. I’m super picky about the spin classes I take. I want the class to mimic what it’s like to actually be riding a bike and most aren’t, kinda like this one. But on the plus side, she had really good motivating energy!
Thursday: Running drills to help with my form and a quick full body lift.
Friday: I did an hour of my own private spin class and then ran 1 mile as fast as I could right off the bike. I wanted to break 8 minutes, but I got 8 minutes even. Next time though!
Saturday: Drove down to the beach where the next triathlon is and practiced the bike
route and did a little swim in the ocean. The waves kind of got the best of me, but it was fun! Yes, I was that person in a wet suit on the beach while everyone else was in bikinis.
Sunday : Way too hot for my long run and Boston was littered with people moving and I didn’t want to deal with that. So I decided it would be my rest day instead of Monday.
Goals for next week: I want to get better about getting my lifts in. I’m only scheduled for two a week, but that second one tends to slip through the cracks and I know it’s so important to strength the muscles that I use repetitively. I also want to get back on track with nutrition, I’ve kind off been off track, just trying to enjoy summer and picnics and weddings. But starting this week I’m giving up booze and sweets for (most) of September. I’m allowing one cheat date when I go to King Richard’s Faire (yes I’m a nerd).
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I’ve done a few subscription boxes in the past, one for clothes and one for make up. I always enjoyed getting the little package during the month with surprises inside. For the most part I’ve liked what I received, a few things ended up being gifted or returned but other than that I’ve discovered some new styles I like and beauty products that have changed my routine. So when the opportunity to receive a Bulu Box came up, I was thrilled.
My box arrived last night finally and I right away tore it open, excited to see what goodies were inside and this is what I found:
First there’s the itch cream, which right now I am thankful for since it’s summer and I’m spending a lot of time outside and I get eaten alive. Seriously, it’s like the bugs are just attracted to me, hopefully it helps with my misery!
After that is the Mediterra Bar, which was sundried tomato basil flavored. I LOVE anything basil…well most things. This one, just not my cup of tea, I’ll stick to the sweet granola bars instead!
Then we get to something interesting….protein powder made of Crickets! Apparently, this form of protein is more sustainable, and by the looks of the ingredients, more natural. Normally I would be weirded out by this but my boyfriend is currently really into cricket granola bars lately, so we’re going to try this product out together. Yay bugs!
Next is Island Boost, which is to help with muscle cramps and hydration during really tough work outs. I’m saving this one for one of my long runs!
Hiding in the back is a strange looking T shaped tooth brush. I guess I’ll save that for traveling? Lastly, dietary fiber powder. Um…maybe someone out there knows I have trouble going sometimes???
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For the most part of my life I have been a slave to the scale, it doesn’t help that I grew a dancer and a cheerleader where being tiny was praised and any extra ounce was frowned upon. Before I actually knew anything about fitness, I mostly controlled what I ate so that I wouldn’t gain any weight. Some times I would do some crunches and leg lifts in my room (seriously, I knew nothing about fitness in high school) or run around the block a couple times. I didn’t even really eat healthy, mostly just tried to keep my calories low, low, low to the point where I would black out during practice and would skip any family meals in order to avoid over eating. I definitely had a bad relationship with food, my body and the mirror.
focus on athletic abilities instead. Yes, I still want to feel good and look good and I still eat fairly healthy (with treats in moderation) but finding a sport I enjoy has made a huge difference. I feel better about my body and how I look because I know how hard I can push myself, how much I’ve improved over these months. Those numbers have become more important to me than the arbitrary number on the scale.
I’m constantly bombarded with ads on facebook for these companies that delivers pre-measured fresh chef-created recipe ingredients to your door. I’m sure you’ve seen them since there’s about a million of them out there right now, so A few weeks ago I set up my Blue Apron account, set my preferences (no vegetarian options, please I need my protein!), and waited for my first delivery to arrive via FedEx on a Friday evening. You can choose for them to send servings for 2, 4 or 6 people per meal and they send three meals a week. Shipping is always free and they charge $9.99 per person per meal. The food came in refrigerated boxes so even if you aren’t home when it is all delivered it will stay fresh until you get home (mine sat outside in the heat for 6 hours and was still cold when I opened it!) I love the fact that I didn’t have to go to the grocery store for anything.
Blue Apron assumes you have salt and pepper and oil, but otherwise, they include everything you need to prepare a complete meal, from the butter in our mashed potatoes to the lime we needed for huevos rancheros, all with instructions that were written out step by step. I was pleased to see they are making a conscious effort to support sustainable practices with local farms when got the farm fresh eggs for those huevos rancheros.
I’ve enjoyed the experience so far with Blue Apron because it gets me to try new recipes that I wouldn’t otherwise make because why in the world would I ever think to buy Sambal Oelek and make Hoisoin-Glazed Chicken meatballs? (They were delicious by the way.) I tend to be a creature of habit and buy the same type of ingredients over and over again, and make some slightly different version of each dish. My only complaint is that, even though I’m not vegetarian some weeks they force you to have a vegetarian meal and while the meals aren’t that expensive I would like to have SOME protein with my meal for a balanced diet. You can see the what they have available a head of time though and skip a week if you want. I tend to get a box maybe once a month, especially since we’ve been so busy this summer and I don’t tend to get around to cooking all the time.
So far my favorites have been:
Huevos Rancheros (If you didn’t notice I mentioned them twice already 🙂 )
Pan seared steak with smashed potatoes, snap peas and radish
Turkey Steam buns with quick kimchi (picture from their site because mine didn’t look as pretty)
Overall, I say give it a try! I haven’t had a meal that didn’t like at all. I have liked some more than others, but I haven’t really been disappointed!!!
Let’s be real, I never really understood the value of a good bike. Growing up I was thrilled when I got a brand new purple bike for Christmas. It was shiny and new and had streamers and probably a bell. It was also probably from Walmart, but I didn’t care because I just wanted to show it off around the neighborhood.