Wednesday, 18 July 2012

#WIAW - Training, Calories, and Fuel

It's Wednesday! So you know what that means, it must be time for What I Ate Wednesday! (brought to you by Peas and Crayons)

As you guys know, I have taken on the slightly scary and arduous task of training for my first Marathon. This is only week 3 and the learning curve has been quite steep. I feel like I am learning new things about training, running, and my body everyday. My most recent realization obviously revolving around food.

I very recently made the switch to Iphone (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE by the way! Hello Instagram! I am obsessed!)) and in doing so have been exploring the wonderful world of apps. One of my training goals is to focus on fuel and really nourishing my body. So I figured, there's gotta be an app for that!? Am I right?! So I downloaded My Fitness Pal (which is free by the way), and started recording all my meals and activity during the past few weeks of Marathon Training.

Needless to say I was completely surprised by the results. I fell short of my required calories every day last week. I simply was not eating enough to sustain my new high intensity training plan. Not even close in fact! I was burning so many calories on my weekly runs, and I wasn't making the necessary adjustments to my meal plan to compensate for my new routine.

But now that I am smack dab in the middle of Marathon Training and running more than I ever have, I need to ensure my body gets the fuel it needs. I really want to fuel my body vs. eating empty calories, so it's a good thing the mailman was extra good to me this week! Two of my favourite Canadian companies Chobani Canada and Magnum Nutraceuticals came to rescue and said they were up to the task!

The Chobani Fairy sent me some Cho Power, in the form of their delicious protein packed greek yogurt. The 14 grams of protein/cup will definitely help me refuel after my runs!

And Magnum set me a Training Trifecta. They sent Opus for Pre-Run fuel, Quattro for Post-Run fuel, and Heat to help boost my enegy levels and keep me training hard. The world of supplements is relatively new to me, but I am excited to see how adding Magnum will enhance my regular training routine, so stay tuned!

I think I've got the tools I need to Make It Happen this week, so let's do this!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,