Welcome to day 8! Sunday I got ready to run and went to see if Ally was ready, she was, and dressed exactly like me. So we ran dressed as twinkies! We got 4 miles in and I managed a 1:30 plank! I’ve only done that once before. Ally is doing good keeping up with her 30 days.
I thought we’d look at pre and post-workout meals and snacks. I don’t usually eat a lot before I work-out or run at 5AM. It’s either a banana or my oatmeal bites if I have any on hand. I did a little research to see what I should be doing. According to Women’s Health I should be eating 100-200 calories an hour or 2 before working out, something like fruit and cheese or yogurt. Not really an option when I run at 5AM, but I can get a banana eaten in the car on the way to run! Usually before a race I eat a protein bar, banana and a gatorade.
When I workout early I’m hungry all day long. It seems no matter what I eat it’s not enough. So, those days I’ve been trying to pay more attention to what I eat so I’m not eating cheeseburgers for lunch. So, post run or workout I’ve been eating protein like peanut butter on bagel with banana or a protein shake at home. Then I make sure I have plenty of snacks to take to work with me. I’ve talked a little bit about protein shakes before. I use Whey Protein and I buy Pure Protein usually. I have a single serving smoothie blender and I add frozen fruit, water, ice and a banana. You can use juice but it’s added calories and sugar.
Another suggestion they have is to drink green tea (hot or iced), it aids in muscle recovery. I did not know that!
Snacks should include red apples, berries and grapes. They contain the antioxidant quercetin, which can boost your endurance and oxygen capacity, making workouts feel more doable.
What do you eat pre or post-workout? Any smoothie recipes to share?
Don’t forget about the giveaways this week, it’s open until Friday at 11:59PM CST. The info is in the post from Day 7.