Today’s Happy Note: Sometimes a silly little kitchen failure, like the one pictured below, makes me smile! Needless to say, this batch of oatmeal was ruined. That is indeed a sea of oatmeal soup. I smiled!
What was hot, sweaty, and heavy today? My run, unfortunately! I woke up at 9 this morning and felt like a sack of bricks. I took the day off work in the name of packing — yeah, that didn’t happen. I’m moving tomorrow and have not packed one. single. thing. I haven’t even started my laundry. For some reason I operate best at night though — I do my best writing, my best cleaning, sometimes even my best yoga, after midnight. Weird.
So. I got distracted (happens easily). Back to the run. I accomplished nothing all day; my body literally felt like a sloth. Minus the hairiness part. But I was damn determined to get out the door. And you know what? Sometimes getting out the door is an accomplishment in and of itself. I had to bribe myself with the promise of a massage — sometimes I am so lazy it scares me. 😉 But admit it, you have days when you have to bribe yourself to leave the house too. I know I can’t be the only one.
The run was muy sluggish, but I finished my 8 hilly miles in a little under 90 minutes. I hit up the gym for some much-needed strength training afterwards — I actually crave lifting weights sometimes. I did almost an hour of arms and abs. It felt great. And at the end of my epic little workout, you know what? I felt amazing! It is so true that you almost never regret a workout, but you almost always regret not doing a workout.
After reading this post on Runner’s Trials, I was inspired to make my own nutrition goals for marathon training! But first, I want to show you my excellent eats from today — I think this is a pretty good example of what a day like today (8 miles) should look like, ideally, for ME (every body and every runner is different).
Brunch was another avocado-cinnamon-vanilla SIAB, topped with some flax PB, some honey roasted nuts, and a half a TJ’s PB granola bar, crumbled.
I officially declare that I like rice — I used to hate it passionately, probably because my mom always made brown rice when I was little and all the other kids had white rice. I refused to eat brown rice because I didn’t want to seem any weirder than I already was (I was reallllllyyyy weird). So, for the last 20 years, I have mostly eschewed rice. But I really like a nice grainy brown rice. I ate it with cinnamon, stevia, sunflower seed butter, and TJ’s dark chocolate covered ginger for an amazing afternoon snack.
More snackage. I had about twice that much chocolate.
Romaine, carrots, peppers, broccoli, avocado, two apple chicken sausages, and TJ’s spicy peanut vinaigrette. I love giant salads for dinner, but I can never have one and then be satisfied for the rest of the evening. An hour or two later, I need a substantial dessert. Enter….
This was a bowl of 2% Greek yogurt, the other half of the granola bar from this morning, a small spoonful (teaspoon?) of sunflower seed butter, and chocolate trail mix, which I had a few too many handfuls of while preparing this. In my defense, I was frustrated because of the microwave oatmeal disaster, which had just occurred. 🙂
That’s everything, minus two werther’s candies and the unpictured handfuls of trail mix. I sometimes eat an extra spoonful or two of nut butter when preparing anything that involves nut butter (okay, so that’s pretty much everything I eat…) but I honestly can’t remember if I had any extra today.
Marathon Training Nutrition Goals
1. Four to six smaller meals per day. Time and time again I come back to this way of eating because it works for me. I would much rather eat every three or four hours than six or seven, thank you very much.
2. Do not be afraid of the whole grains! I can’t tell you how satisfied I felt after that bowl of brown rice this afternoon. I also love oats and quinoa.
3. Less processed food, more “clean” food. My diet is pretty clean as is, but there are a few things that could stand to be eliminated. I am going to focus on whole foods, like fish, chicken, fruits, vegetables, greens, some plain greek yogurt, nuts, nut butters, tofu, avocado, healthy fats, and grains, of course. I don’t intend to eliminate protein powder (especially the simpler ones), but I do want to use it less. My staples are as follows: spinach, frozen berries, carrots, apples, salmon, tofu, peanut butter, oats. So simple, so nutritious.
4. Sugar in moderation. I feel better, think better, and run better when my diet is mostly free of processed sugar (i.e., granola bars, flavored yogurts/nut butters, non-homemade baked goods). I fully intend to continue consuming honey, maple syrup, stevia, baked goods that I have made, good dark chocolate, and farmer’s market pastries (because they’re too damn good to give up). Once I have a little bit of sugar, I tend to want a lot more, so Iam really going to try to be careful and moderate here.
5. Say no sometimes and recognize hunger vs. not-hunger. I do not have to eat anything, ever, if I do not want it. Training for a marathon does not mean that I can (or even should) eat when I’m not hungry. I can say no to food at parties, extra food on my plate at restaurants, late-night snacks, etc.
6. Above all, listen to my body. If my body is saying “feed me a giant pile of veggies!” I shall listen.
I should probably start this whole packing monstrosity now. Blogging is so much more fun though!
My nutrition goals are really just guidelines. I think that one of the most important things is not to get mad at myself if I have an off-day. It won’t kill me.
Do you have general nutrition goals/guidelines/thoughts that you live by? And does anyone out there happen to be an expert on losing ten nagging pounds while training for a marathon? If so, please share. 🙂