Sunday, February 23, 2014

Vegan Running Fuel


With the Little Rock Half Marathon coming up next week, Josh and I were determined to get a 10 mile training run in on Saturday.  Before our run, I got in the kitchen and made breakfast smoothie that would fuel me for hours.

Pre-Run Fuel Smoothie

2 scoops vegan chocolate protein powder
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs almond butter
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups mixed greens





This smoothie is protein packed, and it will fuel you through hours of running.  I let it digest, and we set off for our run about an hour later.



We set off with a few of Josh's coworkers, for what I thought would be a 10 mile run with plenty of water fountains on the path.  I had us start in Burns Park, head over the Big Dam Bridge, out to Two Rivers Park and back.  I turned on my new Garmin Forerunner 10 and we set out.  I'll give you a write up on the watch soon.  So far, I really like it.

Our run started off great.  It was almost 70 degrees (F), the parks were full of people, and the sun was shining.  We ran into trouble quickly, though, when we realized that none of the plentiful water fountains had been turned on.  After 5 miles, we were thirsty and getting headaches, but we pushed on in hopes of a water fountain down the trail.  We finally found one at Two Rivers Park, but we had run almost 7 miles, and the damage was done.  I ate a Vega endurance gel, which was better than I expected.  We got a little water, and we kept going.

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The lack of water and detour took a toll on my head, and after about 9 miles I realized that I was going to run much farther than 10 before the day was over.  In total, we ran almost 12 miles, and I was dehydrated and exhausted when I got back to the car.  All of this did not put my head in a good place about my impending race next weekend.  I am staying positive, though.  My goal is not to crush the half marathon, it's to finish, and if I can run 12 miles with basically no water and a huge bridge to climb, I can finish the half.


When we got home, we were exhausted.  I attempted to take an ice bath, because I heard it will help your muscles recover.  However, after about 45 seconds I was done with that.


After chugging a sports drink or two, Josh and I laid around trying to decide what to eat after such a run.  My watch gave me an estimated calorie burn of 1400 calories, but I was feeling so sick that I wasn't hungry.  We decided on pizza, as is our usual post-epic workout food.  So, we pulled up the US Pizza menu and ordered TONS of food.  I wanted to try their gluten free pizza, as I am trying to stay within my set parameters of a healthy diet, but they let me know that it's only a 7" pizza.  Now, that simply won't due when you've spent 3 hours running, so I ordered a 13" regular crust.  US Pizza's crusts are fairly thin, so I knew I wouldn't have a bread overload.  The staff are awesome, and they let me substitute a vegetable for every different cheese that was left off.  So, I ordered:

1 large primavera salad, sub a side of guac for the cheese
1 13" vegetable medley pizza, sub green olives for mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes for feta and banana peppers for Parmesan.  

This was by far the best pizza order I've put in from there.  Yum!  We also stopped at kroger to grab some chips and salsa.  Our eyes were WAY bigger than our tummies, though.  Josh ordered two pizzas for himself!





After a couple slices of pizza, some salad and a few chips, I was tapped out.  We settled on the couch to let our tired bodies rest, but not before we made a vanilla/strawberry/almond butter smoothie to share.  Recovery, complete!




I will be happy when the marathon is over, and I won't feel like a hungry beast after long runs.  I think that, coupled with some added strength training, will help fuel my weight loss.  One more week, though, til the marathon.  After all these carbs this weekend, I'm excited to get back to my smoothies and almonds!

What do you eat to refuel after a tough workout?

8 comments:

  1. Congrats on making it through that long run! I kinda love that famished feeling after a run. It's an excuse for me to pig out! I typically have a protein recovery smoothie first. And then an hour or so later, I'll just eat a big ole meal.

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    1. There is something kind of neat about pushing your body to exhaustion. We get that way after backpacking, too. So many trips I have thrown my pack off at the car and been so happy that it was over, only to jump at the chance to go out again in a few weeks. The protein recovery smoothie really is key. We had it as dessert and it really stopped the crazy eating frenzy. Maybe I should have one made up in the fridge for when I get home after the race Sunday. :)

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