So as many of you know I have several upcoming half marathons and I have already completed one in March with another coming up in two weeks. During the last couple months of my training, I had been taking part in a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group with some of my customers and fellow coaches. From a runner’s stand point it was a doable program to follow while still training for a longer race distance. There are daily workouts for the 21 days, some being “active rest days” with Yoga Fix and Pilates Fix. I typically run 3-4 days a week with one of them being a long run on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule with family activities and what not. There was never a workout, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t get a run in later in the day due to fatigue. The 21 Day Fix is a wonderful all around program for any runners wanting to get closer to racing weight!
For me, I think the hardest workout was Total Body Cardio Fix and not so much was it hard/difficult, but it was always the one that left me sore the next day! I’m not sure what it is about that workout as you feel great after it’s done, but you will DEFINITELY feel it the next day in a good way!
When it came to the 21 Day Fix nutrition and running, I gauged my number of containers be determined how I felt that day. If it were a day that I was only doing the 21 Day Fix, then I would stick to the alloted number of containers for my correct calorie bracket. If I had a run scheduled that day, I would for the most part stick to the alloted number of containers for my correct calorie bracket, however if I was feeling hungrier then usual do to the extra calorie burn from a workout PLUS run, then I would bump up my calorie bracket to the next level. This usually just means adding an extra container to the majority of the containers. Some running days I would eat all the extra containers, some days I may only eat an extra green or purple. I just let my hunger be the judge. I always made sure to fit in all of my reds (protein) though. Never at any point though did I feel like I needed MORE containers than that.
When it came to my long run days when I needed fuel however, I did not count that fuel towards any containers. Following a long run, I just made sure to fuel up afterwards with some protein, most of the time being Shakeology. Shakeology has always been my go to pre-run fuel and post-run fuel. Pre-run I usually only do a half of a serving so that I’m not loaded down, but post-run I do a FULL serving. It helps curb that ravenous desire for food all day long post long runs! HA! It’s better than my arm right?