Mommy Hobbies running: foods for runners foods to eat while working out healthy foods for working out
by Mommy Hobbies
In my napsack stash
I’m getting serious over here, all this running stuff.
It’s not going to take over my life, but it’s going to play a VERY significant part and although I may not be able to clock as many miles as the next runner, I can still make my body healthy and strong for all my runs and workout sessions.
Last night I kicked it in high gear. It’s always fun to have a workout partner and on Monday’s and Wednesday’s Tam is my fellow sweater partner in Body Pump. She’s a runner. Ran the Boston Marathon (something I can only dream of doing at this point) and is crazy about running. As a challenge for myself, I upped my biceps, triceps, chest and legs weight. Boy was I feeling it. I’m doing good today, a little sore, but not too bad as I made sure to have a very productive stretch session afterward. (stretching is GOLDEN)
But on the flip side of challenging myself and pushing myself to do better — because I believe the best competition is myself, no one else — I need to make sure my body can handle the added weights, distances in my runs or speed workouts. What am I putting into my body to fuel or RE-fuel my energy?
Our diet, well, if you just type in RECIPES in the search bar you can get a glimpse into our diet, it’s well rounded, not perfect but for the most part, healthy.
Recently I became really curious if there were certain foods I should make sure were part of my diet as a runner and fitness freak.
The internet is a gold mine and trash heap all at the same time, so be careful what you read. Find sources you trust and who are trustworthy. I love reading FitSugar, Runner’s World, Another Mother Runner, Averie Cooks (GREAT for Vegans and Vegetarian fitness freaks) and Carrots ‘N’ Cake. These are just a few of the sites I frequent and respect their advice.
So after reading through my fav sites and gathering info, here is the list of foods I think EVERY aspiring runner, fitness freak or athlete should have in their diet:
Eggs: Their type of protein is easier for your body to absorb. It’s good for your bones, protects your heart, fights inflammation. Our family goes through an embarrassing amount each week. For the full article go HERE.
Quinoa (keen-wa): It’s a complex carb, along with oats, that your body slowly absorbs giving it a steady flow of energy to pull from.
Bananas: A no-brainer! It’s everyone’s after workout go to (or even before). A wonderful supply of potassium and replenishing properties. It’s full of manganese, amino acids, sugar and carbohydrates.
Beans: We all know they serve us and the world in many ways, but for health’s sake let’s stick to their benefits They are fiber and protein! They help build up your muscle, too.
Low-Starch Veggies: Carrots, celery, cabbage, broccoli, onions (we eat all of these faithfully)
Pasta/Rice: Carbs, much needed but only within your carb-burning bracket.
There are more foods to add to this list, but these are the basics, check your fridge and cupboards, if you don’t have any of these wonderful yummies, get to the store — stat!
Please, make sure you’re eating what you need, don’t over do it, most of us are NOT elite runners so we don’t need to eat like they do. (count your calories and carbs)
Check this out: “It takes only 100 extra calories a day to gain 10 pounds in a year.” — Runner’s World