Happy New Year! I hope this year brings you plenty of happy mileage and health.
Despite the fact that we are just now getting deep into winter, we are also entering Spring Race Training Season. I’ve been keeping quiet, but I definitely caught the spring racing bug and signed up for a race. I will be running the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, MI on May 23, 2020
To be quite honest, I am pretty nervous. This will be my sixth marathon, and up until my last one, I had nothing but great experiences with the 26.2 mile distance. I qualified twice for the Boston Marathon and spent two other times running well over 26 miles as a running coach for a charity at the Chicago Marathon. Nine months after I had our first daughter, I ran a marathon PR at the Run for the Red Poconos Marathon. Four weeks later, I ran Grandma’s Marathon and had the worst experience of my life. I went from an absolute high to an absolute low. That left me completely deflated.
To be honest, I was so relieved to be 15 weeks pregnant the following spring and have an excuse not to run Boston. I just wasn’t mentally ready to do another and that was okay!
I’ve definitely had some time to clear my head. I would also like to think that I have grown as a runner and know that not every race has to be a PR. This race for me, is a way to look 26.2 miles in the eye, and go back after it. It also helps that it is basically in my backyard.
As an ACE Certified Health Coach, I also have a new approach to my training. I still love all food and any dessert. But I also know the power food has to work as both fuel and a recovery system. I’m using this tool to take me into training and keep me healthy.
I recently added a delicious new smoothie to my post workout regimen. I am loving it and so are my kids! It can also work as a great breakfast to take to work or school as you run out the door in the morning (hint, you can also blend some oatmeal or granola into this!).
The key is blueberries. Rich in fiber, Vitamins K and C, and antioxidants, it is the perfect potion to refuel your muscles and help repair damage done during a workout. Your muscles are only as good as you treat them. Long runs require plenty of repair and antioxidants are key to this recovery.
Blueberries also contain 85% water. Hydration is essential to sustaining a training session, and is also vital for getting your muscles back into working order. If you don’t rehydrate after a workout, your body isn’t going to function at it’s best.
This smoothie only requires 4 simple ingredients and can be whipped up in a flash before or after a workout.
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup Greek or vanilla Light and Fit yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp honey
Simply place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on smoothie mode. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
The great thing about frozen blueberries is that you can get them year round at an affordable price. The freezing process also maintains the fruit at it’s freshest point so you don’t miss out on any of the vital nutrients.