The Best Vegan Foods to Eat While Training for a Marathon
What This Vegan Ate While Training for a Marathon
Happy Friday! This week has been a recovery week for me because of last week's unfortunate situation. It's taking a long time to get rid of the congestion and cough that came along with the flu that I caught, but thanks to my healthy lifestyle it hasn't been as bad as it could have been.
This week I'm going to show you what a typical Sunday looks like in regards to my food consumption. It's not like the rest of the week because the Breakfast King is home and he takes the reins in the kitchen.
Vegan waffles with blueberries and maple syrup, a cup of coffee with almond milk, and a few glasses of water kicked my day into high gear My husband has learned to make amazing vegan waffles and pancakes. Here's a recipe for Southern Strawberry Pecan Waffles that you'll love.
I've been making my "tuna" salad a lot this summer. It's so easy and light, and it's full of protein. Get the recipe here. I skipped the bread and ate it on a bed of lettuce because I had that giant, as big as my head, waffle for breakfast.
Watermelon is in season and I can't get enough. It's one of my favorite summertime treats. It's so perfect for marathon training because it's a great way to hydrate. I sprinkled some raw hemp seeds on top for added protein and texture. I also ate a handful of roasted almonds.
Black bean, mushroom, and spinach quesadillas with a big spinach, tomato, and avocado salad on the side. Sunday Funday called for a glass of white wine. Of course, I had a few glasses of water to wash it all down.
Activity for the Day
Sunday is my active recovery day. No running or interval training for me, just light activity, like walking the dogs, gardening, and maybe a rowdy round or two of Spikeball with my guys and Coco. Have you ever played spikeball? It's like volleyball and ping-pong all wrapped up into one fun game. This Sunday was the last day of the Lake Shake festival, so we did a lot of walking.
How Much Protein Does a Vegan Eat in a Day?
If you've been following this series you know that I get more than enough protein from plant-based foods. The daily recommended allowance of protein for an average woman is 46 grams, for a man it's 56 grams. I'm not your average woman because I'm training for a marathon, so I need a bit more. On this particular day I consumed approximately 47 grams of protein. I don't drink protein recovery smoothies on Sunday because it's my day of rest and I don't need one.
My Activity for the Week
Friday - 2 hours of doubles tennis in the morning and a 2 mile walk with the dogs. My husband and I went to Windy City Lake Shake, a country music festival, we must have walked at least five miles.
Saturday - 8 mile run plus about 6 miles of walking. We walked around Chicago and then from the concert back to our hotel. I have blisters in three spots on my feet.
Sunday - Active recovery day. I walked approximately 5 miles.
Monday - 2 hours of doubles tennis, a 5 mile run, a 2 mile walk with the dogs, and a singles tennis match.
Tuesday - I ran 5.5 miles and walked the dogs 1 mile.
Wednesday - I did a P90X interval training video and walked the dogs 2 miles.
Thursday - I ran 5.5 miles, walked the dogs 2 miles, and played a singles tennis match.
Friday - 2 hours of doubles tennis and an upper body strength workout, plus a two mile walk with the dogs.
I ran a total of 24 miles and walked approximately 22 miles and played 9 hours of tennis. You'd think that I'd be exhausted, but I feel really good. Who says you need to eat animal products for energy?
Have a wonderful weekend, see you on Monday!
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