How to fuel a marathoner.
*Disclaimer: this post is written on behalf of Stonyfield. I was compensated for this post as a part of Team Stonyfield for the 2016 Boston Marathon. All opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.
Fueling a marathoner takes more than just fueling me for my run. I am also a mom of two energetic little kids who keep me moving from the moment I wake up until the minute their heads hit the pillow. My kids love that I run and that I am training for a marathon and always hope that I will be the winner (did you know that I actually won a marathon once? You can read my recap here). They cheer me back to the house when I am finishing my long runs as I train for the Boston Marathon which always gives me the energy to finish strong even though I am indeed in need of some fuel. When I am done with my long run for the day even though my body is telling me to rest and to put my feet up my kids beg me to take them on an adventure. Of course I oblige because every adventure with your kids is one to be cherished.
Before any adventures can happen this mom needs to refuel so that I have more energy to keep up with my kids. One of the best ways to refuel my body after the long run is first to have a big snack followed by a bigger meal an hour or two later when my stomach is ready. The first things that I put into my body after the long run for refueling are ultra important because they help to give my body the tools to begin repairing my muscles and to replenish the glycogen stores that were depleted. Stonyfield organic yogurt makes the perfect pick especially Stonyfield greek yogurt because it has a high amount of protein that your body needs. Throw a little greek yogurt into a smoothie with some Stonyfield organic milk and you get the added benefits of carbs, sugar, vitamin D and calcium which is just what your body needs!
Not only does yogurt act as one of my primary pre-run fueling sources as a topping for granola, with a a side of fruit, or mixed in to my favorite smoothie but it also helps me to recover and refuel so that I can be a strong and active mom with my kids. Stonyfield Organic has so many great choices for yogurts to choose from including my latest favorites Oh My Yog! Apple Cinnamon and Whole Milk Greek and Cherry or Honey. I also sometimes even sneak some of the kids Stonyfield YoKids squeezers and Pouches when I need a quick pick me up on the go!
Smoothie Recipe–Banana Peanut Butter Power Smoothie
Here is a great smoothie to fuel your next workout or to help you recover from your next long run. This smoothie combines 3 of my favorite things, bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt!
- 1/2 Banana
- 1 tablespoon of local honey
- 1 heaping tablesppon of organic peanut butter
- 1 cup lowfat Stonyfield Organic Milk
- 1 cup Stonyfield Greek Organic Yogurt Vanilla
- crushed ice
Add all ingredients together, blend and enjoy!
How do you fuel a marathoner? What are your favorite things to eat when you are fueling or refueling for running?