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One thing I forgot about as I started training was how hungry I would constantly be. This might not sound like a problem, but when you live with a boy who can swallow an entire cheese pizza as if it was the last source of carbs on the planet, it’s easy to cuddle up on the couch and go overboard on the junk.
Rather than wait until my stomach started growling after a long run, I decided to stock up ahead of time at the grocery store so that when a hunger strike did hit, I was ready with foods that would help me recover from runs, rather than make me feel sluggish and just plain gross.
I always knew the basic foods runners should eat, things like peanut butter (no problem there!), bananas, and protein, like fish and beef, but I had yet to discover another superfood–grapefruit. It’s National Grapefruit Month, so my curiosity was peaked. But confession time: Until I did some research on grapefruit I had never eaten one. Weird, I know. But after some reading I found that not only does the citrus fruit help your skin, it actually curbs hunger, meaning when that pizza binge session is happening on my couch, I can look the other way without wanting to duke it out for the last slice.
I looked at the calendar this morning and had a minor panic attack. This race is creeping up on me sooner than I would like it to! In four short weeks I will be running my first half-marathon with thousands of other women. Ahh! Mentally, I feel like I need another month to prepare myself, but physically I think I will be able to do it. In the past month alone, I have noticed such a change in my stamina, my willpower to run and my physique. I am so happy to have gotten this far, and am even more excited to cross the finish line!
My iPod really helps me to push through long runs. I have a few playlists that I alternate between, but I have compiled a pretty good list of songs that pump me up and keep me going. I’m definitely going to have to add some more tunes to my iPod before race day, but here are some favorites that are currently on my playlist:
“Misery Business,” Paramore (For the rebel in me.)
“Who’s That Chick,” David Guetta, featuring Rihanna
“Push Push,” Kat DeLuna, featuring Akon (Great for running up hills!)
“Animal,” Neon Trees
“Side by Side,” Blessed by a Broken Heart (Every girl has a little metal chick inside her, right?)
“Better Than Revenge,” Taylor Swift
“Blow,” Ke$ha (Such a great beat.)
“Memories,” David Guetta, featuring Kid Cudi
“Boom Boom Pow,” Black Eyed Peas (This song makes me feel like I am Superwoman and can do anything!)
“Yeah 3x,” Chris Brown
What songs are you currently running to? I’d love to know so that I can add them to my race day playlist!