Rainy Monday and an Athlete Nutrition Talk

I’m still trying to figure out the best time to post during the week when I’m busy with classes and practice but because I’m the queen of procrastination nation, after dinner is probably going to be the most realistic. I’m a little tired/out of sorts today because last night was MIDNIGHT MADNESS! It’s basically a big pep rally to kick off the beginning of basketball season (even though my school gets paid to go lose tournaments…). But it’s tons of fun + free food + t-shirts so obviously I’m going to be there. And I’m the VP of SAAC (student-athlete advisory committee) for my school so I was in charge of setting up, putting together the competition for a pasta party between sports team (I swear it’s a coincidence that xc won the $100 gift card to my favorite pasta place…), and organizing the sack races. It was awesome except it meant that I didn’t get home until 1AM so I’m a little tired. If it wasn’t for my SAAC meeting tonight I would have been in bed an hour ago.
This is how I spent my night last night…

This afternoon we had practice in the pouring rain! But it was PERFECT xc weather… I only cried a little bit when my coach said the longest runs I’m allowed to do for the next month are 40 minutes. So naturally I went for exactly 40 minutes, followed by 6×60 meter sprints + intense ab sesh. Can’t wait until he tells me I can go for a long 14-miler to Hopkins and back. I came back dripping wet… so my photography skills are just slightly subpar…

a little excited for my rainy day run?

So because yesterday was filled with so many fun activities, I didn’t have a lot of time to study for my Broadcast Television: Children and TV midterm. Maybe it’s just excuses but that’s beside the point. I mean, I guess it isn’t that difficult to learn about the gender stereotypes in Sabrina, Boy Meets World, Step-by-Step, and Mr. Rogers? Those shows were my JAM when I was a youngin’

casually learning about Mr. Roger’s 20 minutes before my exam…

Studying while eating pizza bagels makes it so worth it though…

highlight of my week

And finally, a little energy kick in my favorite form of glucose (I’m a chemistry major… I’m trying to teach myself biochem through life’s favorite things)

a little inspiration for dessert

Now onto a slightly different topic:

After I beasted my exam in 40 minutes instead of using the allotted 2 1/2 hour block (more about my exam philosophies on another day), I realized I had time to run to listen to a talk about my fAVORITE topic: SPORTS NUTRITION! It was technically a mandatory event for all of the female athletes on the team, but I was super sad that I had class. Luckily, I made it only 10 minutes late!

I walked in when the woman was talking about alcohol. I personally don’t drink any form of alcohol so it didn’t really apply to me. But then she got to the good stuff.

  • You’re supposed to eat 8-9 servings of fruits and veggies EVERY DAY, not just the standard 4-5 because it reduces inflammation. Good thing I eat about 8 servings of carrots alone at lunch every day so I think I’m set with that one.
  • Antioxidants- again, I’m good on this one. I eat more grapes/carrots/apples/green beans in a day than most people eat in a month
  • Healthy grains with high fiber is important! Hopefully my teammates took note of this one… they seem to think fruit counts as their daily carbohydrate allotment. Umm give me a bagel ANY day
  • Sleeping 8 hours a day aids in muscle repair
  • Before early workouts, eat carbs and proteins the night before, as well as hydrating properly. The day of, eat an hour before, even if it’s something small like graham crackers or saltines
  • Drink TWO to THREE liters of water MINIMUM EVERY DAY (I drink like 4-5 times that…)
  • For afternoon practice, make sure to get some protein in, but limit milk and dairy because it upsets the stomach
  • For MEET DAYS: avoid high fiber foods (I think most runners know this one well)
  • Supplements: supplement facts are NOT regulated by the government, nutrition facts are, so be mindful of who you’re buying products from and check out NSF.org (national sanitation foundation) to find out exactly which ones are safe to buy. Some supplements are made in China and could have traces of prescription drugs… not good.
  • Weigh yourself before and after your workout- weight should not change!
  • IRON IRON IRON (especially for us endurance athletes- runners, swimmers, cyclists…)
  • chocolate milk= best post workout recovery (this is like the greatest piece of advice ever. even though I already knew it. but who doesn’t love chocolate milk?!)

That’s all I got! It was an interesting talk but it really bothers me when nutritionists talk about calories with runners. I feel like they should be encouraging all runners to eat MORE, not less! And every nutritionist I’ve ever listened to or been to (with the exception of the one that helped me with my recovery) talks about how you have to be careful not to drink too much gatorade or non-skim milk to avoid weight gain.  Or avoid a lot of cheese because it adds calories…Helloooo, most runners I know could afford to gain a few pounds.

What’s your favorite nutrition advice?

Maybe my pizza bagel wasn’t the most nutritious post workout meal…

How do you fuel yourself before workouts?

About pickyrunner

I'm Sarah, a (mostly) health-crazed 20-year old New Englander living in Baltimore. Taste buds of a 4-year old, joints of a 90 year old, brain of a chemist, appetite of a teenage boy, legs of a runner. Mindset of a Champion. Follow @pickyrunner
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7 Responses to Rainy Monday and an Athlete Nutrition Talk

  1. This is an interesting post. I’ve heard eating more fruit such as berries can reduce inflammation. I never knew about the vegetables. We were always taught to eat very high carbohydrate dense foods too. Great post.

    I normally have a waffle with peanut butter before my workouts. It’s always worked for me. 🙂

    • pickyrunner says:

      I didn’t know about the inflammation with fruits and veggies, but I’ve always been taught to eat tons of carbs!
      Waffles sound sooo good right now! I used to eat one before all of my swim meets to fuel me. Coincidentally they were usually my best races🙂

  2. I LOVE chocolate milk any time of day. I’ve actually been having hot chocolate daily since it’s starting to get cold! I’m really glad you mentioned the whole 8-hour sleeping thing. My roommates always make fun of me for having a set sleep/wake cycle, but it’s the only thing that works to keep me going! Thanks for mentioning the importance of carbs- I’ve recently added more breads and grains into my diet and my runs have been noticeably stronger🙂

    • pickyrunner says:

      I drink hot chocolate every day too! So good! And since I moved off campus, I get 8 hours of sleep pretty much every night. My friends always make fun of me about my sleep schedule too, but if it works, why change it?
      It’s amazing how much stronger I feel when I carbo load before hard workouts, sometimes I forget how important it is!

  3. Hayley says:

    I love those dove chocolates! I always have a bag for a little treat and quote during the day🙂

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