Happy Wednesday. Look, you made it! You’re halfway through the week!
*cue confetti drop*
This past Sunday, I did a long run in the morning before church. It was a great run. The morning was really cool, like 58 degrees, and when I finished, it was still only 70 degrees. Fall is wonderful.
I also ran negative splits(yeee!!!), the last 5ish miles, which rarely happens, and overall it felt like a really strong run. I’m ready for a half in the spring!
Okay let’s talk post-run nutrition. I’m obviously not an expert or a certified nutritionist, but I know that when you run or workout, really for any amount of time, you use energy. Afterwards, your body needs lots of food to refill glycogen stores and rebuild muscle, aka make more energy so you can do important stuff like think and clean your room and do laundry. That means eating carbohydrates, protein(plant protein definitely counts!), healthy fats(calorie dense to pack in that nutrition), and of course liquids.
Nutrition is incredibly important. I can not stress that enough. When your body is working hard for you, give it the nutrients it needs. You are not being any kind of health goddess by restricting food after working out. I promise you, that will only lead to injuries and hangryness.
*steps off soapbox*
Alrighty on to the foooood.
Breakfast was zucchini oats with a extra large dose of crunchy peanut butter and a banana. I also sprinkled some hemp seeds on top for extra protein.
Side note: Never never never never ever be hesitant to eat carbs after working out. I cringe when I see people downing ginormous, human-size bottles of protein shakes. Yes protein is important too, but carbs people, that’s what we need the most of post workout.
Lunch after church was two sweet potatoes, half of an avocado, tomatoes, spinach, and a homemade vegan veggie burger.
Snack was an apple(unpictured) and a chocolate chip larabar ❤ ❤ ❤
I wasn’t very hungry during the afternoon, but sometimes you need to eat when you’re not hungry. I know for me, running suppresses my hunger, but I also know my body still needs extra calories. That means eating when I’m not hungry sometimes, which btw is OKAY.
Dinner was fried plantains, broccoli, mushrooms, salsa, and hummus. This combo is really good. Fried plantains are a favorite of mine.
Dessert was a huge glass of almond milk and half of this bar of chocolate. I can’t end my night without a snack! Bonus points if it includes chocolate…which it usually does.
Nourish yourselves. Eat enough. Treat yourself.
Bye loves ❤
So tell me…
What are your post-run nutrition tips?
Do you get really hungry post-run or the day after?
Have you tried the chocolate chip larabar?