Personal Eating While Marathon Training

As I train more, I get more nutrition questions. I normally post a What I eat Wednesday post annually so it seems like no time like the present!

If the nutrition question can be asked, it has been.  I put half of my life on the internet so it makes sense there are questions about anything and everything.  Due to my public health major, I have several college nutrition classes under my belt.

That being said I am not a professional.

I’m not a dietitian or nutritionist and I’m not trying to be.  I’m still figuring out what works for me. At the end of the day, just like running shoes there are different strokes for different folks.  I am someone who likes to eat very simply and not makes things more complicated then they have to be.  I do try and meal prep for the week.

That being said, please join me on my day. 

I’m in the routine of waking up between 5:30-6. I could run when I wake up (without fuel) but honestly it’s colder and dark. I don’t want too.  I would rather wake up, wake up and eat before my run.

I normally eat a 300-400 breakfast.
I don’t like to drink coffee anymore before I run. I had some stomach problems once (during a race) and decided I would never drink coffee before a run again.

Some of my favorite breakfasts:
Waffle with peanut butter (this is what I have about 75% of the time right now)

So easy and so quick.
2 over easy eggs with a bagel

Egg cooked in one of those microwave egg cookers.
Egg cooked in one of those microwave egg cookers.

Oatmeal (blogger cliche but probably my least favorite)

Total calories: 300-400

Then I go for a run 1-2 hours later.  I have found all of my breakfast choices sit in my stomach well.  I can eat between 1-2 hours and have a great run.

During and after breakfast, I use the time to catch up on emails and blogs. I normally head out for a run between 7:15-7:45. I’m home no later than 9:15 and I quickly shower and head to work by 10. During my mass chaos of getting ready, I eat a power bar (I like the taste of power bars and don’t want to replicate them with a recipe…). I also have my amino acids (lately it’s been in a glass of skim milk) and stop at either Wawa or Saxbys on the way to work.

Calories: powerbars, amino acids and coffee (cream with a side of coffee): 300-400
Total calories: 600-800

I normally work from 10-7. I have gotten in a routine of snacking all the way through my work day. I was never a snacker (more of a three meal type of person) until working at my current job.

None of these times are exact and it depends when I have time to eat.  I just eat when I’m hungry and when I’m not helping people.  Sometimes I have lunch at 11 and other times it has to wait until 2.

Here are some snacks I normally eat at work:
Powerbars. I love the chocolate chip cookie dough ones right now.  I don’t live exclusively off of power bars but generally I have one or two a day.

power bar 1
Sandwiches and yogurt. I have a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because they are easy.  Occasionally I’ll walk down to one of the multiple restaurants in town and grab lunch.

The other day I walked to the deli and this sandwich was the bomb.
The other day I walked to the deli and bought this sandwich and it was the bomb.

When I am feeling really fancy, I will have an egg sandwich with avocado (read have actually gone to the grocery store).

I'm so fancy...you don't even know...
I’m so fancy…you don’t even know…

Total calories: 1400-1700

As I said I normally work from 10-7.  I get home around 7:30 and I’m pretty hungry at this point. I have made note to try not to order take out at work and make it home. It can get expensive ordering dinner every day of the week. Dinner for me is not normally planned. I eat whatever is left over in my house.  By 7:30, I don’t want to cook and more or less just want to relax. 

I try (key word try) to cook some sort of meat at the beginning of the week and use that as left overs with salad or a sandwich. Lately I’ve been enjoyed reheated chicken, salmon or steak with a soup and vegetables.

Here are a couple of dinners I’ve had the last few weeks: 

Chicken on top of mixed greens
Chicken on top of mixed greens
Do.This.Now.
Salmon I actually cooked at the beginning of the week for “meal prep”.  That was a big step for me.
I attempted to make "pizza wraps" that I saw on pinterest too.  It was just melted cheese, pepperoni grilled in a wrap.  It was actually pretty good but I'll work more on it.
I attempted to make “pizza wraps” that I saw on pinterest too. It was just melted cheese, pepperoni grilled in a wrap. It was actually pretty good but lots of room for improvement.

I also try and have a glass of milk with dinner to get more calcium.

Total calories: 2000-2300

Depending on the day I’ll have dessert or not. If I crave dessert then I have it. My sweet tooths include the Krispy Kreme or froyo down the road. There is also a really nice bakery down the road but it closes at 7pm (after I get off work).  My two favorite desserts are cake and donuts.

Total calories: 2000-3000

As you can see my nutrition is anything but extraordinary. I’m just a relatively healthy eating runner who likes to keep simple. Food is important to me but I don’t stress about it and I don’t take a lot of time to cook it.  All of my meals generally take 15-20 minutes to cook at the most.

Questions for you:

What foods do you enjoy?

What is your work day like?