A day of eats in training

This post is sponsored by LARABAR.

I haven’t done a What I’m Eating Wednesday post in months but I always enjoy reading them and am curious how other runners fuel their training.

Now that I’m in half marathon training mode, I’m paying more attention to my food as fuel again.  That means good carbohydrates before a long run, protein and carbs after a run, and lots of anti-inflammatory veggies and real food protein, fat and carbs for lunch and dinner.

Plus a few fun snacks, of course.

So here’s a typical training day.  Pre-long run, I grab 1/2 a Larabar or one of the snacks from this list

 

 

Post run, my go-to lately is a sprouted grain tortilla with two eggs, spinach, tomato, avocado and feta cheese, plus my Vitalizer strip (multi, Omega 3s, B complex and probiotic.)

Running fuel breakfast

This usually holds me over until lunch, which can be a variety of things.  Most of the time I start with a base of greens and load it up with dinner leftovers with some combo of a protein + carbohydrate + fat + extra veggies.

 

Avocado Tuna SaladSpinach + tuna mashed with avocado + beets + leftover roasted sweet potato + sunflower seeds

I like to finish lunch with a piece of fruit or dark chocolate, or most recently, homemade almond chia protein bars (I’ll share the recipe on Thursday!)

Almond Chia Protein bar

Around 2:30 or 3pm I’ve been addicted to smoothies… raspberry + chocolate is my favorite, or I like to stir Shaklee’s vanilla grass fed protein into plain yogurt and it tastes like cake batter.  🙂

 

wiaw raspberry smoothie

 

Dinner is similar to lunch with another protein + veggies + fat/carb.  For the summer, we’re doing a lot of grilling or fast skillet meals like these grass fed beef tacos and corn.

 

Running fuel dinner

I usually have a small handful of dark chocolate chips + berries or an apple after dinner or the occasional glass of wine.

 

Running fuel wine

Are you a creature of habit on long run days? 

Does your eating change day by day based on your workout?

 

At LARABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat -and what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.

 

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12 thoughts on “A day of eats in training

  1. Long run days I have always had the same thing the night before and that morning but lately I have been really struggling with my stomach. I don’t know what it is but it’s no fun! I’m hoping that taking gluten out that morning will help! I think you need to just come move in and cook for me….your meals always look so yummy!!! There’s room for the whole fam!!

  2. Those protein bars look awesome Laura!
    I want to eat everything in your post, which mean I need an afternoon snack 🙂
    Seriously, this is great and you are giving your body excellent fuel for training!
    I need to add a probiotic in with my vitamins. I love having a handful of dark chocolate chips (cold from the freezer!) after dinner! 🙂
    Love this post! xx
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  3. I know a lot of people love larabars but I haven’t had a flavor I really like yet!

    All of your for looks fantastic (as always). My food intake doesn’t change that much on long run days. Honestly it all evens out eventually so I don’t worry too much about it!
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