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Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Hangry? I got you, bro.

Hangry: (adj)- a state of being in which one is so ravenous and starving that one morphs into a hulk-like beast and parades around in a fit of rage searching for satiation.
 
 
Okay, maybe not exactly like the Hulk, but close. You know that feeling; the one where you get back from the gym or a run and you can hear your stomach growling and howling like a banshee or moaning like some awkward dying whale. I don’t know about you, but when I’m really hungry, I can’t function. Like at all. In fact, I get really crabby. I mean, it takes “Hungry Hungry Hippos” to a whole new level. Bottom line, we runners get hangry, and a post run smorgasbord of grub is just what we need. THAT is why I shall grace y’all with a few of my favourite post-run snacks.
BTW: You want to consume about 200-400 calories with a substantial amount of protein (15-30 g) and carbohydrates (30-80g) after an intense workout/run. Keep in mind that it’s important to consume these macronutrients within 30-45 minutes after your workout. This is called your “Window of Opportunity,” where your muscles are primed to take in these nutrients and use them as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • GREEK YOGHURT W/ STRAWBERRIES & WALNUTS
This stuff is incredible; incredible tasting and incredibly simple. It’s comprised of ½-1 cup of nonfat Greek yoghurt, ½ cup of chopped strawberries, and a handful of walnut pieces. Banana slices work too! I even add honey or Stevia to the mix to sweeten it up. I’m telling you, this is freaking delicious; it fills you up without filling you out or making you feel bloated. WIN.

  • GOOD ‘OLE OATMEAL
Ah yes, the perfect “poor man’s” meal. Oats are SO good for you; people underestimate the power of these guys. Need to lose weight? Oatmeal makes the optimal breakfast food for anyone; it fills you up, keeps you full, and is freaking delicious with mixed berries, stevia, and yoghurt thrown in. It'll replenish your carb stores after a long run and keep your raging appetite at bay.
  • EDAMAME & SWEET POTATO
An unconventional-sounding post run snack, for sure. But this is the perfect post run snack for a vegan or vegetarian. I follow a plant-based diet (two claps for paleo!) If you aren't familiar with edamame, they're simply soybeans! Don't worry, these guys don't contain all the pesticides and chemicals that you usually see in the fields around you (Midwest gal here) You can buy them in bulk (they come in little individuals packages @ Sam’s Club) and steam them and voila! Sweet potatoes are a fantastic carb source, and they also provide fiber...so you can go go go..ahem. All you have to do is take a potato, stab it a few times with a fork, wrap it up in a paper towel, place it on a microwave-safe dish, and pop it in the microwave for about 4 to 5 minutes.

  • GO BANANAS!
Ah yes, the tried and true post run snack; the banana. This glorious fruit can be paired with pretty much anything....besides ketchup...I don’t...yeah..just don’t. I personally stick to the classic banana and peanut butter combo; it’s quick, it’s simple, and oh my lanta is it delicious. Team healthy carbs? I think yes. OR you can always go the Elvis route and grab a slice of whole wheat toast and slather some peanut butter on it for a quick snack! Add bananas for that extra oomph of carbs. :)

  • DRINK UP
Fruit smoothies are great recovery drinks, but often times lack sufficient protein, so be sure to add something like greek yoghurt, flaxseed, or protein powder to the mix. Speaking of protein powder, you can always take a recovery shake after a run! No, you don’t need the super expensive brands that claim to have all these extra “minerals and compounds” that get you “ripped and big” if you’re not trying to bodybuild. Really, a simple whey protein powder works perfectly. Wanna know my go-to drink? A cup of unsweetened almond milk, half a cup of water, half a scoop of chocolate whey protein powder, and stevia. Shake it up and it makes for a tasty and filling post workout blend.

YES, it is VERY important for y’all to refuel after a hard workout, and quickly! Don’t miss your window of opportunity; even if you’re not hungry, have something. Your muscles need it to replace and repair damaged tissue! I mean, come on, it’s FOOD. Omnomnom.

Happy Trails!

WHOA. Did I forget to mention pancakes?! Silly me. Yes, I eat pancakes. *gasp* Perfect for replacing those carb stores. YUMMMM.

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