Half marathon training, post baby, has been going surprisingly smooth!
I am devoted to sticking to my plan of “running less to run stronger” for this half marathon training cycle. When I’d run precious to having the baby, I felt as if I didn’t give enough energy to crosstraining and stretching. So, I planned my training calendar around my teaching schedule and committed to running 3 days a week: Wednesday hill repeats and interval training, Friday tempo or easy mile, and a Sunday long run.
I’m also devoted to taking more time to plan my nutrition so that I stay hydrated and fueled throughout training and am my strongest on the day OF training.
Some mistakes from my previous training experience were not eating enough carbs for energy the night before and the day of running as well as not enough protein intake post-run to refuel my muscles and avoid fatigue.
Since going dairy-free, it’s been a challenge to find fuel that accompanies my Shakeology for breakfast — I wanted something plant-based but also not super thick and dense.
I was given the opportunity to review Naked Nutrition’s Less Naked Pea Protein as well as their Naked Peanut butter. I’ve added both to my Shakey as well as had them standalone. This protein is by far my favorite when it comes to vegan proteins that are out there. For under $60, you get a gigantic 5 pound tub of protein that’s made from the highest of quality ingredients including coconut sugar and raw cocao (yummy, chocolate flavor FROM natural sources!)
I was also able to reunite with my beloved Honey Stinger Energy Chews and their Waffle cookies for post-run and during my runs. My husband and I have been HS fans ever since we discovered it as a great option for balancing his blood sugar as well as working for me on my runs. Many other products I’ve tried had so many other ingredients including higher fructose sugar or sugar alternatives that were harsh on my sensitive stomach. … And we ALL know what can happen when you run and have stomach issues … no one wants to have an uncomfortable moment happen miles away from a commode!
The miles have been steadily increasing each week, and I know that it all depends on what I put into my body so that I can see what my body can do on the outside!
I have about a month until the Bryce Canyon Half marathon and am excited to focus on a goal using my new MOM STRIDE and staying the course no matter what’s thrown at me on this training cycle!