The Disneyland Half Marathon is in 8 days. I know that my training process this year has not been quite as robust as it was last year. What can I say, life gets in the way sometimes. It’s alright though. There is nothing I can do to change the miles I have run before this moment. There are things I know, and things I can control. I know that I’m going to run that race in 8 days despite not having trained as vigorously as I should have. I can control my preparation from now until then. I will not miss any more training runs. I will not freak out. I will meditate. I will breathe. I will go with the flow. I will have a great time, hopefully.
A major factor that I can control and that I believe will have a huge impact on my race performance is what I put in my body. If learned anything from my crisis last weekend it’s that no matter how in denial I am or how hard I plead to the contrary, my body and all its various systems are sensitive. I am not like Brad who can go without food or water all day, throw back a cup of coffee and go run 6 miles. It sure must be convenient to be that resilient, but my body needs a lot more tender love and care. For the next 8 days I am committing to a very strict diet of whole, fresh, healthy, performance boosting superfoods. I’ve never been strict enough about this and frankly I’m curious to see if it changes how I feel on race day compared to last year.
To keep myself in check, I’d like to share with all of you every morsel that I eat for the next week. I’m not going to count calories as that’s really not what this is about. It’s about listening to my body and only giving it optimal fuel when I need it. It’s common sense that onion rings and a hefeweizen are not going to help me run so it really doesn’t matter how many calories they have, I’m not eating them. Oh, did I mention beer? That leads me to a major point. There are some basic ground rules for the Supergirl diet, one of them being zero alcohol. Oy. It’s going to be difficult, but no No NO alcohol between now and race day.
If I feel great and I run like Supergirl next Sunday then you’ll have a nice little meal plan for when you run your own half marathon some day. Which you will!
*NOTE* I’m a pescetarian (I eat fish, no other meat) so you won’t find any poultry, pork or beef on this meal plan. Hopefully this will also serve as documented proof that you don’t have to eat a ton of meat to get a substantial amount of protein.
- Straus Family Creamery Organic Blueberry Pomegranate Yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1/2 c Weetabix Fiber Cereal
- 1 c spaghetti with marinara sauce (not ideal but I didn’t want to waste the leftovers so I employed some major portion control. Plus, pasta is actually good runner’s fuel and tomatoes ARE a superfood)
- Quinoa with grilled zucchini, garbanzo beans, and cumin (follow link for this AMAZING recipe)
- 1 c Greek yogurt with honey
- 1 c raspberries
- 1 c oatmeal with 1 tsp raw turbinado sugar
- 20 raw organic almonds
- Mixed green salad with roasted red peppers, cucumbers, black beans, avocado and goat cheese with lite balsamic vinaigrette
- 8 oz. green iced tea, sweetened with agave nectar
- Raw vegan “taquitos” – made out of almonds and bean sprouts. Was actually pretty good
- 1/2 slice garlic naan with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese and 1/4 avocado, sprinkled with salt and pepper