I have decided to run a half marathon (anybody want to join me?). The race I want to do is in June, so I have about 3 months to train and prepare my body for it. I am super excited. I live in the mountains- they are literally in my backyard. This race goes just down the canyon by my house- which is breathtaking. It should be a fun race!
I have been running off and on for a few years now. When I was younger I always hated running. Then, as an adult I decided to try it a little as I walked and pushed my kids in the stroller. I started liking it more and more. My husband really encouraged me and helped me out in the beginning. He taught me a few things to help me along as I was learning. We ran a 5k together. I was so excited to have done a race! I ran the whole thing!
The following year, I ran my first half marathon. I was running 4-5 days a week and just pushing myself. I didn't know how far I was really going- just had about 45 minutes to get my run done. When I started tracking my runs and saw how far I was going I was running about 5 miles each day. I had no idea. So, I decided to push myself a little more and do longer runs on the weekend. It's always a real challenge but is so empowering to know how far you have gone.
Each time I have a baby, I have to start over in my training. It's never easy to start again. My youngest is one now and I am finally getting going again. I decided I am going to run another one. I like how running helps me feel stronger. It makes my body feel so good!
So what does all of this have to do with food, you ask? :) Well, the food I eat when I am running regularly needs to really fuel my body. It needs to strengthen me and "do my body good". When I make a commitment to myself that I am going to train for a race, I know that also means I am going to eat better. I want to share some great foods to help fuel your body. Things to give you energy.
Often after a hard workout, I love to make eggs or smoothies for breakfast. I like my eggs packed with veggies. I make a little concoction that I call Rainbow Eggs. I dice up as many different veggies as I can find to throw into my eggs. This makes for a super healthy, power-packed breakfast. Here is my favorite combo:
2 diced green onions
1/4 diced bell pepper
handful of spinach, chopped
1/2 tomato diced
grated Colby-jack cheese/ or crumbled feta- both are really good in it
3 stems of chopped cilantro
salt and pepper
First I saute the onion and pepper in a tiny bit of olive oil until they are softened. Then I add in the egg, tomato, spinach, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Scramble and cook until the egg is cooked through. Add in cheese just before serving. I like using the Colby-jack cheese because it kinda holds it all together, but feta gives a great flavor.
I serve it all with a hearty piece of wheat toast.
Here are a couple of other nutrition-packed foods to help your body be strong & healthy:
These are great for a healthy lunch or dinner These salads are very high in nutrition & have protein to help with muscle repair.
Healthy Snack Ideas:
Want to start running (or walking)? Take charge & get moving this year. You deserve to be healthy! Want to train for your own race, or join me in mine? Here is the training schedule I am using for my half marathon:
12-Week Training Schedule
|Week 1||3 miles||off||3 miles||3 miles||3 miles||4 miles||off|
|Week 2||3 miles||off||4 miles||3 miles||3 miles||4 miles||off|
|Week 3||3 miles||off||4 miles||3 miles||3 miles||5 miles||off|
|Week 4||3 miles||off||5 miles||3 miles||3 miles||6 miles||off|
|Week 5||4 miles||off||5 miles||4 miles||3 miles||7 miles||off|
|Week 6||4 miles||off||4 miles||4 miles||4 miles||8 miles||off|
|Week 7||4 miles||off||6 miles||4 miles||4 miles||9 miles||off|
|Week 8||4 miles||off||6 miles||4 miles||4 miles||10 miles||off|
|Week 9||4 miles||off||6 miles||4 miles||3 miles||11 miles||off|
|Week 10||4 miles||off||5 miles||4 miles||4 miles||12 miles||off|
|Week 11||4 miles||off||5 miles||4 miles||3 miles||6 miles||off|
|Week 12||3 miles||off||5 miles||3 miles||2 miles||RACE: