Its What I Ate Wednesday - or in today's case What I Ate Race Day! One of the BIG things I am working on this year - food and nutirition-wise - is fueling better for my runs. I have been tracking my meals like a champ on My FitnessPal. And I have been doing my best to incorporate some small changes to clean up my diet and focus on more plant-based whole healthy foods.
Saturday was my 1st Race of the season, so it was the perfect chance to put my fueling to the test.
The race had a late start time by most race day standards. Our start time was not until 11:15 AM. So I woke up at 8am, took the pup for a walk, and made Tosca Reno's Power Oatmeal Pancakes and a big cup of coffee. I also made sure to hydrate and prep with Vega's Preworkout Energizer as we drove down to the start line.
We found parking, stretched, hit the porta-potties, and then made our way down to the finish line. Even though it was only a 5km I always feel a little queasy before a race. As we lined up in our corrals I definitely had a fleeting thought that I should have eaten a little bit more before we got started.
It was a Great Day of Racing for the Bishop Fam, with shiny new PRs for everyone. But as I was coming up that last monster hill I definitely felt a gnawing in my stomach. I was starving! Between racing and my earlier upset stomach I had burned though all of the food I ate that morning - a fatal flaw in my fueling plan. I had purposely tried not to over-fuel because I wasn't running long distance, but I definitely should have eaten another small meal - a smoothie, some fruit, trail mix, etc.
We left the race an immediately went for brunch/lunch. My body always craves red meat after a race. I do not why, because almost never eat it any other time. But a Burger is almost always a MUST post-race. I know it is not "clean", but after a race the body gets what the body wants. And the body wanted a big, fat, juicy, burger! It was delicious and devoured in approximately 10 minutes flat.
We had plans to meet a group of our friends for Birthday drinks, but I knew I had not eaten enough and the healthy options at the pub would be limited. So I mixed up a Fruit Smoothie - Spinach, Blueberries, Almond Milk, and Kombucha to take on the road. I also ordered a pot of green tea (I was DD) and greek salad while we were out.
Not perfect, but all-in-all a pretty balanced day. Fueling is still a work in progress, but I think this first race has taught me a lot. Hopefully over the next month I will find an even better balance, and be ready for my Half Marathon on May 5th!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,