Eat and Run

We all lose sometimes. We fail to get what we want. Friends and loved ones leave. We make a decision we regret. We try our hardest and come up short. It’s not the losing that defines us. It’s how we lose. It’s what we do afterward. – Scott Jurek in Eat and Run

I finally finished this book. Sadly – yes. It’s taken me over a year. I love the idea of reading. I like it when I actually sit down and do it. What gets me is that it’s stopping and doing nothing for an unknown amount of time.  My goal for this year is to read more often. I average about 1 book a year. In 2012 I might have read 2.

I finished “Eat and Run” last night while I couldn’t sleep. Read till about 1:30am. And woke up at 5am. It’s ok though because sleep is overrated. Read THIS – Article in OutsideOnline – Dean Karnazes averages 4 hours of sleep a night, and he’s awesome. His book “Run” is awesome too.

So reading is on the 2015 resolution list. So is nutrition.

I am officially registered for Cayuga Trails 50. So I figure serious training will take more than me just running hard and sticking to the training plan. I need to eat right. And get these internal issues figured out. So – Im cutting out junk. Starting yesterday. Staying away from too much sugar, and snacks after dinner. Everytime I do this I feel so much better. Currently, we actually don’t eat bad at all. Pretty much live off 12 different kinds of rice, sweet potatoes, beans (Mung Beans – my favorite), yogurt, fruit, veggies, oatmeal. We make wraps with hummus. Burgers out of portobello mushrooms. Rarely eat pasta. Rarely eat meat. Our downfall is sugar – cookies, chocolate, poptarts, cereal, trail mixes.

* Something I learned from finishing Eat and Run last night – There’s a herb that makes beans more digestible – Dried Epazote – Can be found in the Mexican food section of a grocery store. But heck yes – more digestible is always good. *

So after registering for Cayuga, I looked at the course and elevation. Pretty intimidating. Just means I gotta stick to the training.
course Map

This race makes me nervous in so many ways. 6am start time. Possibly staying overnight before the race = pre-race routine out the window? Whether or not my morning goes like other race mornings – There’s really not much control in an Ultra. If I can get through this winter, I’ll be good to go.

The Ultra distance forgives injury, fatigue, bad form, and illness. A bear with determination will defeat a dreamy gazelle every time.

– Eat and Run.


The Nutrition of Laura

1. Green Tea: My favorite tea brand is Republic of Tea – Especially their Double Matcha Green Tea. I drink all kinds of tea, any time of the day.

2. Chia Seeds: I add 2-3 tablespoons of Chia seeds to anything breakfast related… every morning. Breakfast consists of Fruit and yogurt, or fruit and oatmeal, or fruit and cereal, or toast. I don’t really notice any added energy from Chia seeds, but nothing bad comes from eating them either, so why not. I also add a spoon full of ground flax seeds to everything too.

3. Ezekiel Bread/Toast: I love toast – PB&J toast that is. I’ll have this for lunch, breakfast occasionally, or before an evening race. If your looking for a great healthy bread – look for this in the organic section in the freezer!




4. Cliff Bars: One of my favorite bars, I do also like Lara bars. Always go for peanut butter chocolate chip. Did you know they also have a Clif family winery? If I happen to take a break at work – I bring a bar and a orange… and that’s lunch.

5. Energy Gel: I only use Clif shot gels in a race – Mocha or Chocolate is the best. I’ve only used them in Marathons, and longer trail races.


6. Trail Mix: Probably one of my favorite foods in general! I love trail mix. A favorite after run snack. Wegmans sells a giant bag for $12.99, Target also has some awesome varieties.trail


7. Hummus: I could live on hummus and veggies. So far my favorite is Wegmans plain old hummus. But I seem to like any plain Hummus.

8. Carrots: Where there is hummus, there will be carrots. I could live on carrots and hummus.

9. Wheat Thins: If I have carrots and hummus, wheat thins are usually in the mix.

10. Sweet Potato: I would be happy with a giant sweet potato for dinner. (Kyle would not tho… so that doesn’t usually happen). But so good with cajun seasoning and a drizzle of honey.

11. Giant organic apple and peanut butter: Another favorite after run snack. Seems that the bigger the apple the better it tastes.

12. Salmon: I make some pretty awesome salmon. Of course – wegmans sells a frozen club pack, which we always buy. I thaw it, rub it with olive oil, salt and pepper. Wrap it in foil and bake for 15 min. Sometimes we’ll have it just like that, or stick it in a wrap with some veggies, spinach, and egg.

13. Wraps/naan bread/stuff like that: When we don’t know what to make, and want something fast… we make a wrap. Usually just veggies, or egg and veggies, hummus.

14. Coffee: I drink coffee occasionally. I’m drinking it right now. I dilute it with a half cup of chocolate milk…. so good! I don’t drink it everyday, but I will drink it on a race morning. We have the keurig vue system. My favorite is donut shop, and Newmans Own.

15. Junk: If cookies somehow make it to our table – they’ll be gone the same day. And ice cream – that’ll be gone in a couple days. I like eating healthy, but I’m not afraid of sugar either. This is why we don’t buy these things!

16. Pizza: I make whole wheat pizza from scratch. Super thin crust, no sauce, little cheese, and lots of veggies. Can’t feel guilty eating that.

17. Pasta: Surprisingly don’t eat pasta that much, being a runner. But it is another quick fix, if we have nothing else.

I can’t think of anything else right now, but this is basically what I live on. I very rarely eat out… maybe once every 2 or 3 months. No fast food ever. My dog wakes me up at 7:30 every morning, so if your wondering why I just blogged this…. that’s why – I got bored… thats all.