Marathon Eats

Happy Wednesday! Remember when I used to blog about everything I ate? Well, that’s kind of time-consuming (and boring), so I rarely do it anymore, but I thought I’d recap a day of eats for old-times sake. Note: I am definitely NOT a perfect eater! I probably consume too much sugar and eat dinner too late – but as a busy 20-something, working full-time, and running 60 miles per week, I’m doing the best I can ๐Ÿ™‚

I started my Wednesday morning bright and early (helloooo 5:45am alarm) and met Kelly for 9.5 miles in Central Park (mostly on the soft surfaces of the bridle path). For shorter morning runs, I usually don’t eat anything before heading out (I eat dinner very late), but I had a few bites of a Clif Z bar before today’s run.

After my run, I did something I should probably do more often – core work and stretching! I used a nifty new trainer yoga mat that Amazon sent me to try out. It was very cushy and had basic yoga pose images imprinted on the mat. Whenever I think about practicing yoga at home, I often get overwhelmed about what kind of poses I should be doing.ย Theย images wereย a nice reminder!

Followed up by some black coffee, which I needed for realz.

Breakfast was my go-to: 2% Fage greek yogurt mixed with a spoonful of peanut butter, sliced banana, and a TJ’s granola bar. Yes, please!

Despite it being the first day of fall, I couldn’t let the beautiful sunny weather slip away. I left my desk for a few minutes and ate my lunch outside. Last night I threw together a simple corn and cherry tomato salad – 1 ear of corn cut from the cob + 1 cup cherry tomatoes + salsa + dash of salt and pepper. Served with sunchips! If you wanted to add some protein, black beans would be great in this salad!

I was tempted by Mr. Softee, but instead bought a cup of rice pudding from the local gourmet market. I tried to convince myself that since it contained rice, milk, and eggs – it was practically healthfood. Healthy or not, it was delicious!

Later on in the afternoon, I snacked on a juicy pear

And a second cup of coffee with some shortbread cookies.

This homegirl needs to get more sleep in her life. That second cup of coffee was all that kept me from dozing off at my desk!

Luckily I was feeling a bit more revived after work and was able to cook up something homemade for din-din. As I was cooking, I ATTACKED a tub of hummus. Must have been this morning’s run – starvin’ all day!

Goat cheese Cheddar and Beet Ravioli

For my ravioli, the plan was to use goat cheese, but unfortunately my cheese was off (boo). Luckily I had some cheddar to use instead. After roasting the beets (30 minutes at 350 F), I chopped them up and combined them with the chopped cheddar cheese. Then I put a small dollop of the mixture on the bottom of a wonton wrapper. Using my finger I coated the second wrapper lightly with water and placed it wet side down on top of the wrapper with the filling. After sealing the edges well, I boiled the ravioli for about 2 minutes, removed with a slotted spoon, and then tossed in a butter-sage sauce. This recipe is infinitely adaptable – you could use ricotta and peas, crab and goat cheese, brie & walnuts, etc. The clean-up was kind of a pain (this dirtied A LOT of dishes), but the results were tasty!

When I run in the mornings, I find I’m extra hungry all day long. Do you think your appetite is affected by when you work out?

  • I am definitely hungry alllll day when I get up at the crack of dawn to run! I guess that’s what happens when you burn hundreds of calories before you’ve consumed any.

  • Yes! I’m hungrier when I run a good distance in the morning. I try to eat small healthy meals every couple hours to keep going but it really seems to catch up with me at night.

  • I am definitely hungry all day long when I get up super early to run. It seems to happen really only on the days I get up at 4:30am to meet my crew for a 5:30am trail run that is about 12.5 miles. I think the combination of getting up super early + mileage makes me more ravenous. I usually run in the morning (7am-ish) and am definitely not as hungry even when the workouts are longer.

    High mileage appetite is weird ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Claire

    Depends–sometimes I’m super hungry after a run and sometimes I lose my appetite.

    I love that your blog is more about running and less about food these days!

  • Erin

    Absolutely! I’m not a runner, but do spin classes about 4 times a week (hello 4:45am alarm clock!!) An hour or so gets me to about 18/19 miles which definitely revs my metabolism the rest of the day. Even having my meals spread out to about 6/7 a day, I still find myself noshing out at night!

  • I actually LOVE seeing what people eat. Even if it’s oatmeal and salads every day. I think most people do!

    And it’s weird…I don’t notice a huge difference in my hunger levels when I workout in the am. I ran this morning and didn’t eat any more than normal. I was also craaazy busy, so I probably wasn’t tuning into my hunger cues very well!

  • Sveta

    Training for my 3rd marathon i have found since i started eating ALOT more saturated fat and less carbs i dont get super hungry all the time. Feels like i got off the hunger rollercoaster!

  • Maren

    First, I love Kids Clif Z bars! Have you tried Bluberry? It rocks. Also, I love that yoga mat! It’s sweet! That dinner looks delish! When I work out, which is generally everyday, I do eat more, but I always want to eat healthier, so it all works out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • marathon eats = yummy eats! and i think the timing of when my appetite is vivacious depends on my when my workouts are. but i usually get a huge hunger fix at some point during the day!

  • I lose my appetite after a run and it doesn’t kick in for hours, or sometimes not until the next day. Also, I have to run on an empty stomach!

  • I totally think running in the morning affects my appetite all day long! Right after the run, I have to force myself to eat a decent enough breakfast but by night, I’m starving! I ran 8 mile this morning and just now ate a Cliff Z Bar. Not the best decision to eat so late, but I was hungry and going to bed hungry sucks!
    Keep up the hard work on your marathon training ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow, your raviolis are gorgeous! Really, you just seal them with water? Mine always “leak” when I cook them! :/

  • It really depends on my mileage in terms of how hungry I am. The more I run, the less hungry I am. The next day though? All bets are off.

  • Absolutely! I also eat two breakfasts when I get up to run in the morning and am always extra hungry the rest of the day.

  • I love me some chocolate chip z bars! So glad I’m not the only adult who eats them!!

    When I was training for the marathon I definitely found that long runs affected my appetite, but the day of a long run I wouldn’t have any appetite and the day after i’d be ravenous! So weird.

    Have a great day!

  • Back when I was in shape to run marathons and halfs, I found that 10 miles was my upper limit on weekday mornings, and anything over 5 miles will definitely increase my appetite. I try to bring extra mid-morning snacks and/or a bigger lunch to work to make up for it on those days.

    Congrats on the Philly Half!

  • That yoga mat looks 25 feet long! ๐Ÿ™‚ Amen on the marathon eats. I feel like I can eat 26.2 hours straight.

  • I definitely feel hungry when I run in the mornings, but swimming is the worst! I don’t know why the water makes me consider chewing off my own arms, but it does.

    I like that yoga mat! I practice at a studio, but that would be great for a session at home, since I tend to get lazy when someone isn’t telling me what to do next.

  • Anne

    I love that your blog concentrate on running, in fact you have the perfect balance…my favorite right now !

  • Nice job with the core work – keep it up! Also, the combination of beets and ravioli looks amazing – great idea.

    Since I only run in the mornings, I’m not sure if I’d be less/more hungry if I ran during the afternoon or night. At this point, I’m pretty friggin’ hungry all the time!!

  • It took a while, but being a morning runner, I got accustomed to my post-run appetite not ruling my entire day. I think it’s more difficult when you switch on and off between mornings and nights (especially with long runs), but you gotta listen to the body too!

  • Kristen

    I am definitely much hungrier if i run in the a.m. (which is my favorite). Due to work, i have had to run later at night. Hopefully that can change soon!

    Chrissy – swimming is the Ultimate worst, agreed!

  • I appreciate that you don’t post your daily menu every time, but your eats for yesterday sure look DELICIOUS. I also loooove how you tie it all into fuel for a healthy lifestyle (though as a fellow 20-something in the city, I understand the importance of a great deal of treats ๐Ÿ˜€ ) I wish I had your dedication to run in the morning before work lol

  • You know, I never gave it much thought. I almost always exercise in the mornings, so I don’t have a control group. That said, I’ve learned a lot about my hunger this fall, as my eating schedule has become a LOT more regimented due to classes and such. I like to think I understand it enough so that I can time meals and not feel like I am going to pass out at any given moment. That said, sometimes hunger is frickin’ unpredictable – and that’s why God made vending machines.

    Have you ever made rice pudding? I did once. Delicious, but not worth stirring the pot for an hour.

  • Megan, Just wanted to say that it’s refreshing to see a runner who takes care of her body and EATS. I think it’s far better to eat enough imperfect calories than too few perfect calories. If you’re putting some kind of calories in your system, at least your body can do something with them.

  • @Shelby – yeah, the wonton wrapper raviolis did leak a bit in the water. Next time I might let the filled wrappers dry out for about 15 mins before boiling. I also used a slotted spoon to remove and drained the raviolis in a colander. That helped keep them from getting too water-logged!

  • @Caroline – those are wise words! I try not to stress out about eating too much sugar, etc because in the end carbs = energy! There’s a great quote in the book “Once a Runner” that says – “If the furnace is hot enough, it will burn anything”. Food for thought ๐Ÿ™‚

  • During the week, I only workout at night, so I’m only a little bit more hungry. Butm on weekends, I workout only in the mornings. I’m starving all day long. I’m a bottomless pit. I feel like a pig! Oh well, I know I need the eneergy and my food isn’t too horrible.

  • I agree! If I run in the morning, my appetite is out of control all day.