What. A. Weekend. So Around the Bay 30K was yesterday and it was both the best and worst race for different reasons. I will probably do a race recap tomorrow since I have zero photos (yes, zero) and need to wait for all of the race photos to be uploaded on marathonfoto.com.
I decided that since my marathon is less than five weeks away, I should start a ‘Marathon Monday’ series and keep it going over the next few weeks (maybe even longer if it’s something you all like!). In this series I will include a recap of my previous week’s training, some of my favourite easy recipes, and any info I think is worth sharing. I’ve gotten pretty lucky this time around with Phaedra constructing my training plan and having access to Vega‘s Education Manager, Andrew Raines and his team. I’ve gotten full permission to bother him with questions on sport performance and nutrition which is great because we all know this is my area of weakness!
I can finally tell you where I’ll be running my next marathon though I do need to leave out some details. On May 4th I will be running the very hilly BMO VANCOUVER MARATHON! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this opportunity. I fell in love with Vancouver in August and cannot wait to be there again. It’s a little frightening given that the elevation looks something like this:
I’m worried, not going to lie, and I’m still deciding on whether or not to wear a Garmin. I really want to enjoy this race and take in everything around me without stressing about numbers. I know I probably won’t PR and the competitive part of me knows if I wear my watch, I will spend most of the time looking down and getting disappointed that I can’t hold the same pace that I did for Phoenix (which was almost all downhill). Something to think about.
ANYWHO, I’ve shared a recipe for Vega Protein Power Balls in the past, but I decided to simplify it a little (just omitted a couple ingredients) because I’m lazy like that and to me, easier = better. I like to eat these new, simpler Vega Recovery Bites as a snack or as an alternative to a smoothie post-run. I tend to have a wonky stomach after I run so small, “snacky” foods work best until I get my appetite back. These work magnificently.
- 1 cup oats
- ⅔ cup Vega Sport Performance Protein in vanilla
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Vega Maca chocolate bar (chopped) OR dark chocolate chips
- ¾ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup OR agave
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
- Add wet ingredients and mix again (I find using my hands is easier than a spatula)
- Roll into bite-size balls and freeze (freezing is optional but they taste great cold!)
You should get between 20-25 balls depending on how much batter you eat while you are making them… 😉
Tell me your favourite way to fuel after a run or workout!
I’m thinking of doing a Q&A with Andrew Raines and his team so if you have any nutrition-related questions, please leave them below in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org