It's that time of year again! We're starting to lace up our running shoes and head out the door bright and early (sometimes dark and early) to pursue the achievement of 26.2 miles. While other marathoners may be chugging down glasses of chocolate milk and devouring chicken breasts, we're here to show you that you can easily achieve this goal while eating entirely plant-based. So, here's how we're training for a marathon on a vegan diet
In case you didn't know, we're big runners over here at Veganosity. There's nothing like getting in your miles and zoning in on a concrete goal. So, when the opportunity came up for us to run our first marathon together we jumped at the chance! The training was hard, but running side by side and supporting each other made it easy. What made it even easier was our vegan marathon meal plan.
We were able to get all the protein, carbs, and nutrients that we needed to stay fueled, hydrated, and strong. It wasn't incredibly difficult to make sure we were fueling our bodies on this already healthy diet. The most important thing you need to remember going into this new training season is to eat enough. If you're going with a plant-based meal plan your meals are more likely to be less calorie dense which means you need a high quantity of food! Sounds amazing right?
OUR PRE-RUN ROUTINE
First things first, it's time to get out of bed and start logging those training miles. Before we head out on our training runs there are a few things that we like to do first to make sure we feel energized and ready to go. Otherwise, Linda winds up dragging Alex throughout the entire run. No one enjoys that.
Linda's Pre-Run Routine
First, I like to wake up and do a few minutes of meditation and stretching. It really sets the tone of my day. Next, I drink a tall glass of water with lemon juice and have a delicious Nespresso (affiliate) coffee with frothy almond milk. This is the time of day when I answer my email and blog comments, check my social media accounts, and work on the blog before heading out on a run.
Alex's Pre-Run Routine
When I wake up I like to get straight into my running clothes. That way it feels like I have less of an excuse to not get out the door and get my run done. Next, I make myself an iced vegan mocha! I'm not a huge fan of black coffee so I use my favorite espresso machine and this vegan mocha syrup to make my favorite coffee beverage. After that I grab my running shoes and head out the door.
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OUR POST-RUN MEAL
Mid-week training runs are the best! The distance isn't too long so you get done early than you would on a long run day and you can really push your pace! After a punishing run, we like to reward ourselves with a super tasty breakfast. Somedays after running that means a breakfast with a decent amount of salt to replenish our reserves.
These oats are the perfect recovery meal! They're filled with healthy greens, tomatoes, and heart healthy oats. Pair it with a tall glass of vegan chocolate milk and you're set for the day.
SNACK TIME: THE KEY TO A VEGAN MARATHON MEAL PLAN
Sometimes that run is pretty hard and a few hours after your oats you need something more. When that happens to us, there's one thing we'll always reach for: homemade almond butter! Because we try to eat really intentionally and avoid any additives while training, we like to make our own almond butter. It's filled with protein, healthy fats, and absolutely no preservatives! Check out the recipe below.
VEGAN LUNCH MADE FOR A MARATHONER
One food group we really try to pack in during training is greens! They're so important for a healthy diet and things like micro-greens can help with recovery. So, something like a giant salad piled high with grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and other veggies is the perfect choice for us.
Our protein superfood salad meets all the criteria we discussed above! Make sure you make a double batch for your marathon training buddy.
TRAINING FOR A MARATHON ON A VEGAN DIET: SNACK #2
For our second snack of the day we're craving something sweet. After all, a savory breakfast, first snack, and lunch has set us up for a sweet craving! Instead of reaching for something like vegan ice cream, cookies, or another tasty dessert, we're setting ourselves up for success by devouring some Vegan Vanilla Brownie Protein Bars!
OUR VEGAN MARATHON MEAL PLAN DINNER
Dinner is our favorite meal of the day, especially when training. You already feel so accomplished for a healthy day and it's time to reward yourself with an incredible plant-based dinner. So, on a day like today we're making some Dairy-Free Fettucini Alfredo and our famous vegan grilled lemon chicken!
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