InspiringTheEveryday

My mum and my mother in law love to cook so we have been brought up with the education and experience of food being a positive element of a healthy life. This is the same education we try to instill on our son Pete, but boy is it hard with treats and advertising of treats every where you turn.

I don’t believe in depriving yourself of treats like chocolate or party bags, just as long as party bags aren’t a daily staple. As our wise Coach Dr Richard Telford would say, “Colour on the plate. I like to see colour on the plate.” Referring the colour coming from different fruits and vegetables of course! The more colour the greater the variety of nutrients in one meal.

What I consume before a race…

Before a race I have 1.5 slices of multi grain or low GI toast with a little butter and either vegemite, jam or honey, depending on what I have available. If it is an afternoon race I have Muesli for breakfast like I would normally have and 2.5 hours prior I’d have my toast. A coffee and some sports drink are a must!

What I consume during a race…

During the marathon my drinks plan varies depending on the temperature. I generally water down my sports drink to reduce the impact on my stomach in times of stress and stash a gel in my crop top in case something happens at the personal drink stations and I miss one.

What I consume after a race…

After a marathon I always steer clear of sugar and crave burgers and salty foods. After a half marathon, 10km or training session I try to hydrate quickly and consume a snack or meal within the hour following. This isn’t always achievable, but best endeavors! Fruit smoothies, muesli, yoghurt and peanut butter toast are all great recovery options. As Lachlan and I train very late mid-week we tend to eat dinner following some really hard sessions. A shower comes first though, and locating our ugg boots!