Time to get serious

About marathon training that is! With about two and a half weeks left before the Queens Half-Marathon, and then a headfirst dive into marathon training the week after that, it was time to nail down a training plan and memorialize it in a calendar format (e.g. our lives for the months of August, September, and October). First and foremost, which training plan to go with? Apparently my friend and I had picked a different “novice” plan from the other, and after some discussion and some math:

We went with plan numero uno. Now to address this whole food issue…I ran a grand total of three miles this morning. Three. I nearly inhaled a breakfast sandwich as soon as I got to work and maybe two hours later, I was stupid hungry again. I just ate “brunch” (otherwise known as breakfast #2 / lunch #1 on weekdays), and I have a feeling this will not be the end of my hunger anytime soon. Just imagine what our respective grocery bills / food expenses will be once those 7, 8, and even 10 mile weekdays and the double-digit mile weekends start. I’m half-tempted to keep track of those expenses throughout this process but I think I might cry afterward, so I’ll probably just remain blissfully ignorant.

Ah well, November 6, 2011? Here we come!

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3 responses to “Time to get serious

  1. What are your meals? What types of foods are you eating in the mornings before and after your runs? You have a running plan mapped out, do you have a food and nutrition plan mapped out to go with it?

    • Uh oh! Looks like I peaked someone’s interest! 😉

      Admittedly I haven’t been very good about any sort of nutrition plan. Prior to morning runs I’ll eat sports bars and/or use energy gels like the Cliffbar shot gels. Is I’m running the afternoon/evening, I try to eat something with both protein and carbs (like a turkey sandwich or pasta with chicken or something). Thoughts?

  2. Eating sports bars or energy gels prior to a workout are perfectly fine. Your nutrition post work-out and during your recovery phase, I would almost venture to say, are more critical to your workout than what you consume prior to it. You should consume approximately 400 calories within two hours of your workout. 20 grams of protein should be included in the 400 calories and (the protein should be consumed within 30 minutes of your workout). You can have two poached eggs, two pieces of wheat toast, and a glass of orange juice for 400 calories and 20 grams of protein.
    What you are looking for in a post workout meal are three things: 1- Natural Sugars. This replenishes the glycogen storage your body burns as an energy source during your run. 2- Complex Carboyhydrates. This will give you the energy you will need immediately proceeding the workout. It replenishes your bodies first energy system. 3- Protein. Your body cannot repair or recover itself without the proper protein. Having the proper protein immediately proceeding a workout not only has been shown to help you from getting as sore and also aides your muscles in immediate strength and recovery, it will keep your body from getting drained and needing more food so quickly. This is not only because it takes longer to digest, but also because your muscles can only use what you give them for recovery. If they don’t get that protein they will be recovering with whatever you give them, meaning that your body wont be able to use the carbs or sugars to restore your energy level, but to attempt and replenish your muscles. Make sense?
    A breakfast sandwich, depending on if you made it yourself and what was put in it, usually is higher in fat and processed carbohydrates, not lean protein (eggs, or egg whites more specifically are the most pure form of protein) but processed meat and egg supplements. Your body will use all of this just to replenish your muscle strain and a small amount of energy storage. Leaving you drained and needing more 2 or less hours later. It’s not just the calories that you take in after a workout, but the type of calories and quality of them are so so important.

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