The last few days my posts have been about the dark side of running, you know the things that make running hard but also help you improve. Things like lactic acid, tempo runs, and interval training. Very few of us will come out and say, “Oh I love tempo runs”, or “I really enjoy a 30 minute interval session and how I feel like crying at the end.” However, I did hear from a ton of people said that despite not really loving certain training runs they do love how they feel afterwards and the results they get out of their workouts.
I agreed with someone about dreading these workouts but loving the results and then said something to the extent of, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if chocolate chip cookies were part of becoming a faster runner?” I chuckled and then mentioned this to my husband and we both had a good laugh.
If you know anything about me I have a major sweet tooth. I always have. Even as a figure skater I spent my whole life eating a very healthy and well rounded diet. But I have never ever been able to stay away from desserts; namely baked goods. When I took my first trip to New York City over eleven years ago a friend had planned our trip out and I was so thrilled that he had added in several of the best bakeries to get my fix.
So this had me thinking. What if instead of bright green veggies, red fruits and green smoothies, the tables were turned and other foods helped make us better and faster runners? Here is my other running world:
How about instead of ice baths you could just hit the frozen yogurt bar? I mean, its cold right?! Yogurt is also great for runners because it is full of calcium. So if you are on board with my plan, you can also keep your bones healthy.
It would also be great if we could use red wine for its bright red qualities instead of taking anti-inflammatories. They do say it is good for your heart!
While we are at it I wouldn’t mind if beer was part of a carb loading diet. I am pretty sure I have used this technique as I enjoyed a flight at my favorite microbrewery up in Northern Michigan. Just make sure you get plenty of rest afterwards before heading out for your run. I certainly don’t recommend a beer and THEN a run. Let’s not be ridiculous here!
Carrots are packed with Vitamin A which is a must for runners. So I would like to think that a slice of carrot cake or two can be a helpful aid for my running. This is of course ONLY if it is covered with a nice slab of cream cheese frosting. That counts as dairy right?!
Let’s talk about cinnamon. It is a great anti-inflammatory and can help aid in your recovery. Not only does it reduce inflammation but also eases muscle soreness. Weren’t we just talking about D.O.M.S? Obviously the best solution here would be cinnamon rolls (don’t forget that cream cheese frosting here either). Funny enough, I had one just yesterday and remembered to take a picture before it was all gone. I am hoping this aids my Achilles tendonitis….wink, wink.
We have all been hearing for awhile that sweet potatoes are great for runners. They are full of vitamins A and C as well as potassium and iron. They are also packed with antioxidants. So clearly a helping of sweet potato fries should be part of this new diet. Clearly you will have to accompany this with a burger for a well rounded meal. Think protein for muscle repair.
The one thing I think that the elites really have nailed perfectly is the nap. I told my husband we should all add this too. He mentioned something about if we all had the luxury of adding it to our schedules. But I stopped that nonsense and said we should tell our bosses it is a must for our training. Hey I have a 10K coming up and this girl needs her runner’s rest!
Now this is where I am supposed to add a side note and make sure you know that I am not a nutritionist and that these are all recommendations. I am pretty sure that by now you realize that I am most certainly not a professional and I don’t really recommend that you follow this diet to improve your running. If you do follow this plan I would recommend avoiding the scale at all costs!
What foods would you add to your running diet in a perfect world?