road to the half marathon: training week 3

Let's talk about food. All of these miles have made me hungry and I am so thankful for all the recipes you guys have left me. I am always on the look out for delicious protein packed, natural, vegetarian options so keep shouting them my way. Every day I know if I have eaten enough protein to compliment my training just by how I feel.

By the end of the day I either feel wonderful, or terrible and still hungry because I've been pulling in the carbs by the handful to fuel my day. It always starts with my morning too. If I pack my breakfast with protein, I am set up for success. If I start my day off with a cappuccino, we're in trouble.

healthy breakfast idea - marathon trainingWhitney's Breakfast Delight

Thanks to some of your recipes, and ideas, I have been combining non-fat, nothing added, organic yogurt with organic strawberries, and a handful of walnuts for breakfast. I'm not a huge fan of plain yogurt as it's a bit sour, so I've been mixing in just a touch of manuka honey, which makes my joints feel wonderful all day. If you want a light, delicious meal, with a side of protein to start your day, try Whitney's Breakfast Delight (recipe at the bottom).

marathon training diary - lululemonMy training diary keeps me on track, and crossing off every day's workout makes the day complete!

Aside from my hunger, I have to admit, truly devoting myself to training this time around has made all the difference. Although running never, ever, feels easy to me, it feels better almost weekly. I never wake up on Sunday mornings jump out of bed and yell, "Yeah long run day, it's go time!!" Nope more like, alarm, snooze button, alarm, snooze button, alarm, growl, take the dog out, and psyche myself up for the run. I'm only up to 5 miles on the long days, not a mile more or less, and I'll happily get to 6 next week.

marathon training - stretching out in lululemon gear

Adding a mile weekly is a managable pace for me. If I increased my mileage too quickly, I'd hate the training and give up. So if you're a beginning runner thinking of training for a race, take it from me, slow and steady baby. If you hate running, you'll hate it more by forcing miles into your day, so find the joy and hit the pavement!

This week’s training mileage total: 15 miles
Longest run: 5 miles with a pace of 9:30 (ahead of my pace!)
Cross training: 1 yoga class and 2 bootcamps
Wore on my long run: Run:Race Tech (throwback lululemon) and Wunder Under Crops

Whitney's Breakfast Delight
1/2 cup of nonfat plain yogurt (no additives, no sugars, no syrups)
1/2 cup strawberries (organic, always try for organic berries, as they can tend to absorb more toxins from pesticides than other fruits)
Handful of walnuts
1/2 tsp of honey (I love manuka for it's healing properties, but any ol' honey will do, unless you like sour things)
*Throw it all in a bowl, mix it up and enjoy. Cup of green tea and you've got yourself a mean, lean, health machine of a breakfast.

Feeling like something naughty, that's actually not naughty at all?

Ciara's Magic Cacao Protein Balls:
1 1/2 cup Walnuts
Dash of Salt (sea salt is best)
8 pitted Medjool Dates
1/3 cup Cacao or unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tsp Water

Place walnuts and salt in a Food Processor and process until finely ground. Add the dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla and process until the mixture sticks together. Add water and process briefly. Scoop out, and form into mini balls and store in tupperware container for a quick protein treat throughout your day. Watch Ciara's video to see how easy these bad boys are!

Have a delectable week everyone!

P.S. Anyone follow any good healthy food blogs that could help my training (preferably vegetarian)?

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Healthy Tipping Point! Caitlin has a fabulous blog that is full of yummy vegetarian recipes. ( She is an athlete as well.

And is awesome as well. Gina always has a positive disposition and a ton of healthy vegetarian food ideas.

Hope these help! Good luck with your training.

Comment by Sheila — June 15, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

use i swear i don’t work for them, but when i stumbled upon that site after clicking a widget on a running blog, i was hooked! i find that that the best thing about logging in my runs, is not only a sense of accomplishment (62 miles to date!) but also it really motivates me to get out there! :)

Comment by Jacqueline — June 15, 2010 @ 8:16 pm has some really good recipes, but the extremely low fat aspect is a little different. has amazing recipes (I love the miso tofu!)

Comment by Kinsey — June 15, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

Yes, Caitlins blog is great and also Matt’s blog You’ll learn a lot from these bloggers. I’m vegetarian also and it’s helped me with fitness and training in the pass.

Comment by Nicci@NiftyEats — June 15, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

Way to go on your training! Thanks for the protein recipes. I’m on week 2 of my half marathon plan. :)

Comment by elaine! — June 15, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

Awesome recommendations guys! Thanks so much I cannot wait to start on with some of these recipes and tips!!

Woo hoo!

Comment by Whitney — June 15, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

Also, check out and – they are two more awesome sites that frequently have new and fun recipes and workout ideas on them! I have also recently found and love the vegetarian ideas Emily posts!

Comment by Katie @ Life... Discombobulated — June 17, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

I second Matt’s advice is invaluable and you’ll pick up some great recipes there. Congrats on a great week of running!

Comment by Hetty — June 17, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

If you’re a vegetarian looking to increase your athletic performance, I would have to say check out Brendan Brazier’s The Thrive Diet if you haven’t already. From my understanding, that’s a pretty essential first stop.

Comment by LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils — June 17, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

I use Organic Meadow’s yogurt. I find it’s not sour at all. Really delicious. It’s so mild you can also use it in place of sour cream and barely tell the difference.

Comment by Alex — June 17, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

I just wanted to suggest that if you use Greek yogurt (which is of course a bit more tangy than regular plain yogurt) you get a GIANT protein boost for the day. A cup of Greek yogurt has around 20 grams of protein. :)

Comment by Genevieve — June 17, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

Good job on your training!

You might find our site helpful during your training. We just launch but we will be even posting more recipes over the next week and lots of them our vegetarian and vegan.


Comment by Sarah — June 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

Are you Canadian? Curious why you train in miles? Those protein balls sound good.

Comment by PIM — June 17, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

I’m a big, big fan of Caitlin’s AND Angela at She’s also the driver of the Green Monster Movement (yum!) and Glo Bars. Good luck!!

Comment by NJ — June 18, 2010 @ 8:02 am

Seconding Oh She Glows and the green monsters! Yum. You can also order her vegan products online from Toronto, no clue about shipping though!

Comment by callah — June 18, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

I second the recommendation of
And I always read whatever I can about Scott Jurek (a vegan ultramarathoner) to see what he is doing and eating. If it works for those guys, it will work for me!

Comment by Jo — June 18, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

Hey PIM,

Whitney is actually in sunny California! Hence training in miles instead of kilometers :)

Comment by Jenna — June 20, 2010 @ 10:17 am

Check out – i don’t think she’s a veg but she has lots of awesome veggie recipes!

just tried her lentil burgers- awesome and packed with protein.

Comment by Tammy — June 22, 2010 @ 10:31 am

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