Nutrition is a vital part of training and racing–you know that, I’m not stating anything new– but most people don’t really understand what that means and how nutrition can impact your performance. In fact proper nutrition is often one of the most overlooked disciplines in training. Athletes are more worried about the workout of the day, hitting different intervals, and working in their training around their busy lives. Eating before, during, and after working out is frequently forgotten. As busy people we might grab a ‘bar’ on the way out the door or eat fast food on the way to work or picking up the kids from activities. However, nutrition is a vital part of successful training and racing.
What do you over the course of a week? How do you fit your workouts in? I get this question often so I thought I would write about it this week–the who, what, where, when, and how of my workout week!
It’s no secret I love running. Where I got that gene from is a mystery. My dad is very athletic, actually a retired professional athlete, but never a distance runner. My mom grew up just as girls sports were being introduced. She was recruited to play on the high school golf team because they needed members, and even won a set of golf clubs at a tournament – for having the worst score.
We’re a few weeks in to the new year and it’s at about this time that a lot of people start falling off the healthy eating bandwagon. Heck, maybe you never even jumped on the wagon, maybe you just thought about it. Close enough. Wherever you are in your personal healthy eating journey, it’s probably not easy. I’m trying very hard to come up with new, interesting, and most important EASY recipes for my family and me. This is not an easy task for one who doesn’t enjoy cooking. Cooking doesn’t relax me, it stresses me out further. However, I still want to try to be healthy! What’s a girl to do?? Here are some healthy eating shortcuts that I stumbled upon mostly with the help of my FB friends. Thanks.
Jennifer is a great planner and I really enjoyed learning about what she has planned for 2017. As for me, well I’m a little unfocused. I can’t really find an event that catches my eye as a must have. Of course my MAJOR goal is to stay injury free but that doesn’t count as a big race. I’m not saying I don’t have anything on my calendar, but nothing that is huge…maybe this will be the year of lots of little things…we’ll see.
Yes, we are both type A and have several plans already for the new year…I may even have some for 2018. Siobhan and I also have goals we share. After our last few years, we have one ultimate objective – get through the year healthy and injury free. We’ve yet to accomplish that, but maybe 2017 is the year! I know we’d also like to expand our Miles with Moms following and to do that we need to become more active on our social media accounts and do a better job of promoting – so look for all of that in the next few months. Then, of course we have some individual plans:
1. As a Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete I get to try out a lot of their new products all the time. One new one that came out this year that I really really really like is called Fully Charged. It’s a great product to give you an energy boost before a long or tough workout or even just any workout or race. I use it on mornings before speed work and I also used it before two races that I did rather well in. I am so impressed with this product. Check it out!
It’s that time of year again! Dads and Santa pay attention. Here are my favorite things (most with a good discount) of 2016 and some great gift ideas for the active woman in your life: