On Monday mornings I always wake up with my stomach growling. Sundays are typically my long run days and while I am never usually super hungry all day after my run, I am SO SO SO hungry the next day. My stomach is sometimes in rough shape after a long run and never feels like anything too complex to eat, but Monday is a runger day. Running + hungry = runger. A big bowl of oatmeal with raspberries and peanut butter was perfection.
How beautiful is that? I am trying to pay close attention to my nutrient needs as I dive into higher mileage weeks. I haven’t even cracked 40 miles/week yet but it is coming and I want to be able to perform at my best. Maximizing the amount of nutrient-dense foods is my not-so-secret weapon, getting tons of nutrients in my foods means a variety of food, bright colours, and a broad range of carbohydrates for fuel. Even though I sometimes fall into the “I just ran 16 miles, I can eat anything” mindset, I know getting the most bang of my buck when it comes to food is going to serve me well. Sweet potato and chickpea curry last night was perfect!
Yesterday my recovery run felt A LOT better than last week’s recovery run (that was more walk than run). My dad rolled out my calves with a tiger tail Sunday night and then I iced them and I woke up feeling much better. Yesterday morning I first spent 30 minutes doing SUPER easy spinning at the gym, then did a 3 mile easy run and some strength and stretching.
Besides me eating ALL THE FOOD Monday morning, I was also sitting at my computer waiting for 9:00am to strike. I have had this day marked on my calendar for months and I was ready to attempt to reserve a spot on the West Coast Trail for this summer!
I was told to reserve AS SOON as it opens by people who have done it before and people who have tried to do it before. There are only so many spots per day at each entry point to the trail and within hours it tends to fill up. I had already booked off time at work and knew when I wanted to go, so I had to get in early to get the dates I wanted.
9:03am I was paid, reserved, and both terrified and excited!!! I’ll be spending 6 days on the West Coast Trail with my dad this August!!!
After dinner my dad and I went for a short 30 minute walk in the beautiful sunshine and talked WCT (<- what the cool cats call it). My dad hiked the West Coast Trail 17 years ago and I am so stoked to go with him this time! It is going to be so much fun and I am already counting down the days! For more info on the WCT you can check out HERE or for gorgeous photos of the hike like the one in the collage above check HERE!
Hiking peeps -> best hike you have ever done?
Runger… it’s real. Do you get it the day of a long run or the day after?!