Guyssssssssss! So happy that it’s the weekend!!
If you’ve got a minute, I’d recommend reading this CNN article about the chemicals that are transferred to your food from fast food packaging. It is an interesting read, and also discusses chemicals in other food wrappers as well. The purpose of the chemicals is to make them grease/oil/food resistant. This also makes me think of brewing coffee in a K-Cup, always purchasing individual servings of food items (like the little yogurt cups), and every other thing that’s covered in a wrapper!
Half Marathon Training
I am still plugging along at half marathon training. Honestly, I’m not loving it like triathlon training, but I also think it’s good to challenge myself. This is my last “pre-training” week before I officially start the Hal Higdon plan on Sunday. My training plan is proudly hanging on the fridge.
Not sure if I mentioned this, but B and a few of his friends will also be running the half marathon. B has run a couple of half marathons in the past, and he can walk along my slow running pace We have gone on a few runs together over the past few weeks. With all of the business of work and constantly being on our phones and laptops, it has really been nice to spend just a short time with just us doing something active together. The moral of the story: work out with people!
Now that I will officially be “all in” with training on Sunday, I know I need to make a few changes to my nutrition. Nothing too crazy, just cleaning up:
More planning- when life gets busy, I tend to meal/food plan less and less. But really, lack of time is just an excuse. I can always find 10-15 minutes on a Sunday to sit down and pencil in my meals for the week. I know how important balance is during any type of athletic training
Hydration- I’m really bad about drinking enough fluids in the winter. I bring a water bottle to work but lose track of my intake during the day. It can be hard to stay on top of water intake when it’s not hot outside, but dehydration can definitely affect athletic performance. I’ve got to be more conscious of this!
Better Snacks- I like to eat a snack in the car on my way home from work and then go on a run almost immediately when I get home. This gives me the perfect amount of time for things to digest before the workout. My usual afternoon snacks have more of an emphasis on protein and fiber, but with training I will need to shift the focus more to carbs. My favorite snacks are a piece of fruit (usually a banana) with peanut butter, or crackers and another protein (string cheese stick, almonds, etc.)
So, I was going to post a business update but now I have a question for you guys… when I did my reader survey, I saw ~50% of my readers were either dietetic interns or dietitians. I really appreciate networking with others in this profession and definitely want to continue posting things like updates on starting my own business, thoughts about being a dietitian, and information that may be helpful to interns. However, I can appreciate that the other half of my readers who are here for nutrition stuff may have no interest in that. So I was thinking of somehow separating the posts or having a separate site for that. If you work in the field of dietetics then I would REALLY, REALLY appreciate it if you took this brief survey to give me an idea of how I should move forward: click here for survey. If you’re a non-dietitian/intern and would still like to read this information then please let me know below in the comments!
What will you be up to this weekend? We have dinner plans tomorrow with friends on Saturday (at Sabor! best nachos ever!).
Have a great weekend!