For the past few years I’ve been constantly looking on ways to improve my diet to improve recovery from training and improve my overall well being. I’ve tried many different things and taken lots of different advice, however I’ve recently been introduced to the “Honestly Healthy alkaline way” which I believe has had some great benefits. Here’s a blog I wrote on the author, Natahsha Corrett’s, website about how I’ve applied it to my sporting endevours:
Key elements for Marathon Training There is more than one way to train for a marathon but for me a typical week needs to consist of three key elements:
- a long run which is time on the feet
- a speed session of 10k paced volume
- a tempo run (a run pretty much at your marathon pace)
Obviously there is easy running and strength and conditioning in addition to those key workouts. Therefore it is really important that your body is fueled to carry out those workouts but also to recover from them.
Fuelling Up Nutrition is so important when it comes to performing at your best. I always compare it to a car. See yourself as an Aston Martin, you wouldn’t go filling it up on diesel would you? You need to put the best food in to get the best out of yourself. It is great to see so many people catching the running bug but it has also become a huge market for companies selling unhealthy sports drinks and energy gels alike to make money. I like to get what I need from good, healthy, clean food.
This is where the HH alkaline way comes in. At breakfast before training I love to have the HH Nutty Cacoa & Banana Porridge or the Raw Buckwheat Porridge as both have the right amount of protein and carbohydrates for a good start to the day.
Recover and Replenish Lunch after a big morning of training usually consists of eggs; scrambled eggs and avocado on an oatmeal pancake or the perfect HH omelette.
The Turmeric Omelette is a great option as turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, great for reducing inflammation in the body which is at its highest after the damage caused by high intensity exercise. Long runs are all about getting used to that time on your feet, a great time to explore off road trails. These runs can be anything from 2-2.30hrs +. So it’s important that we refuel afterwards and one of my favourites is the Sweet Potato. I always put it in the oven as soon as I get back so it’s cooking while you have soak in the bath or nice long shower. To make sure I get something in straight away while I’m waiting for lunch I would have almond butter on toast or a smoothie with almond milk.
Rehydration After a tough workout at the track such as 10 x 1k reps or a 10-15 mile marathon pace run I will often have a green smoothie. I use a greens powder and spirulina for protein to repair my muscles. I will often add ginger and cherries (if in season) as they have similar anti-inflammatory properties as turmeric. I will usually hit the gym after my green drink as my hard days are hard so I can have true rest days in between. By true rest days I mean easy running and core!!! My gym routine will consist of squats, pull ups and calf loading. Its thirsty work so I have plenty of alkaline water sometimes with a squeeze of lime or lemon to add a little flavour. If I’m treating myself I love coconut water to rehydrate. Coconut water is high in natural electrolytes and a fantastic way to rehydrate without the unhealthy sugars in a lot of sports drinks.