Running and Refueling
Hello there! I am feeling totally invigorated today after a challenging downhill interval workout (The Sustainable Athlete) as a part of my Boston Marathon training. The sun was blazing down and making it feel spring-like (well, ok, so it was only 30 degrees but that is warm for New Hampshire this winter!). Today I even ran WITHOUT a hat OR gloves. The warm sunshine combined with a hard workout left me feeling exhilarated from the endorphin rush (although I was a salty sweaty mess at the end).
Here was my workout today:
5 min dynamic warmup, 15 min. gradual warmup
Perform 8 x 1 min. Downhill Intervals (select VERY gradual grade w/ sound footing, groomed trails work well) w/ ~2-3 min. ez btwn each. Think about keeping cadence up per downhill, avoid overstriding to brake in front of the body.
-Cooldown/ endurance base to conclude
**Focus of this workout is enhancing downhill running form as well as the body aborbing turnover/ velocity faster than race pace. Additional recovery focus post-workout
Refueling with Source Organic Whey Protein
As I cooled down on the way back to my house I knew I would need to quickly replenish to fuel my body for proper post run recovery. Plus I was starving. One of the ways that I like to refuel after a hard training run is with a smoothie. Today I was excited to try Source Organic Whey Protein.
I love adding whey protein to my smoothies because protein is essential in a runner’s diet. Adding in additional protein is sometimes overlooked in favor of eating more carbohydrates when you are an athlete however according to Runner’s World, “Adequate protein intake accelerates muscle growth and speeds recovery by helping rebuild muscle fibers stressed during a run. Since protein helps muscles heal faster, runners who consume the right amount are less likely to get injured.” I was happy to be able to try a new Certified Organic Whey Protein and also to support a company with a similar mission to that of my own family farm.
The founders of Source Organic Whey Protein shared that their whey protein:
- is the first and only Non-GMO Project Verified whey protein.
- is the only American Humane Association certified whey protein on the market.
- Source Organic products do not contain any soy
- Source Organic products have only one or two ingredients with no added sweeteners, colors, or flavors.
- The whey protein is USDA Organic and Kosher.
- Source Organic Whey protein is third-party tested to be gluten-free.
- The organic whey protein comes from the milk of grass-fed cows on family farms in Northern California where the cows have greater access to pasture than most other areas of the US.
Source Organic Whey Protein is not flavored. You can mix 2 scoops with water or coconut water or your other favorite beverage. It can also be added to smoothies or pancakes and waffles for an extra protein punch. I added two scoops to my smoothie and the result was heavenly. My smoothie was creamy and not chalky as with some whey protein powders. I like the fact that you get the additional benefit of the protein without the addition of extra artificial flavors and/or ingredients. Also, don’t forget that this product is organic Non-GMO Project Verified and American Humane Association Certified!
In keeping with the bright feeling of today I decided to create a smoothie with bright notes of fresh ginger and blackberries. I hope you will enjoy my recipe! Also, don’t miss your own chance to win a 12 ounce sample of Source Organic Whey Protein in the giveaway at the end of my post!
- 2 Scoops Source Organic Whey Protein
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 Tablespoon 100% Organic Raw Honey
- 1 Cup Frozen Organic Blackberries
- 1/2 Organic Baby Spinach
- 2 Cups Stonyfield Organic Lowfat Milk
- 1 Ripe Fair Trade Banana
- Add all ingredients to your blender. Use the setting "Crush Ice" to blend the frozen blackberries for 30 seconds. Continuing mixing smoothie on puree until blended. Pour and enjoy! This recipe yields two servings.