Two times this week, people have asked me about my diet while training for the marathon. I love getting these types of questions because it tells me they are considering training for a race of their own! It doesn’t have to be a marathon, or even a half-marathon, I think running a 5K for the first time is an awesome accomplishment. We are all very busy everyday so to find the time to train and eat right can be hard but there are several things you can do to help yourself accomplish your goals.
- Set a goal – whether it is walking 30 minutes everyday, the C25K (couch to 5K program), or your first marathon. It doesn’t matter the milestone, just that you have set the goal. Make it reasonable but a challenge.
- Find a time that works for you almost everyday – I realized 5:30 am was my time. My girls are young and not in school everyday for full days, so daytime doesn’t work for me, and in the evenings I don’t want to do much, so I adjusted my clock to start sounding between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.. It was hard at first but now it’s just what I do.
- Have a plan – one of my favorite things about training for the marathon was getting my training program. It was all laid out for me, I just had to cross off my runs as I completed them. Also, I had someone to run with on long runs. We were total strangers who showed up at the same time on the trail one day and started meeting every Saturday. It helped time go by while running and I was also accountable for being there and getting in the mileage since she was too.
- Simple, made ahead meals are so important in my home – we are all going non-stop all day so I want just a few ingredients with lots of nutrition to make a meal.
I ate a lot of chia seeds while training for the marathon, after all they are known as “running food”. They are full of protein, omega’s, calcium, and fiber to help keep me feeling full when I was burning lots of energy. After a long run, they say it is really important to refuel with a high protein and high carb snack or meal and the chia seeds do that and more. It became routine for me to come home from a long run and have chia seeds pudding, or my overnight oats along with a green smoothie.
I’m not much of an eater before I workout. The night before a long run, I make my oats or chia pudding, and take a couple bites and half of a banana before leaving the house. Then I finish the oats or pudding when I get home. They take just a few minutes to make the night before and then it’s ready for me in the morning! Easy, nutritious, and tasty!
This time of year I hear “pumpkin spice” a lot, but not usually in a healthy way. Here is a healthy meal with that same taste! Your kids will enjoy this one too!! Enjoy.
|Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding||
- 1/2 cup almond milk (any milk will work but that is what I use)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Mix all the ingredients into a bowl and let it sit for 1 hour, or overnight in the refrigerator. I almost always make mine the night before.