Nutrition for Runners: Rice Paper Wraps

Tonight’s recipe is a relatively easy one to make. It requires a bit of preparation before you are ready to make the wraps. Our preparation involved reheating some leftover chicken, making pickled carrots and making homemade peanut sauce to dip the wraps in. 

Once the preparation was done all that remained was to put the wraps together. The rice paper just needs to soak in warm water for a minute before they are ready. We put chicken in ours for a healthy source of protein but you could also add shrimp if you prefer.

This is also a fun meal to make. My kids enjoyed it and it made for great leftovers. 

Still Running

I have not been posting on here much lately. It has not been because I did not want to or because I was not running much. In fact I have been fortunate to be able to pick up my mileage and get back into a good routine. I’ve just been finding it harder to find time to post here. My goal now is to get back to regular posts on here.

In terms of running, as mentioned, I have settled back into a regular routine of running home from work 4-5 times per week. On the weekends I have returned to doing a longer run on Sundays, some with my 3 year old in the stroller. Over the last month or so I have been averaging 50-70 km per week. 

The best part to my current running routine is that I am back to running a couple of higher intensity workouts per week. I have done this with tempo runs and speed work on the way home from work and hill repeats during my lunch break at work. 

In terms of what comes next my next goal race is the Army Run in September. Once again this year I will be serving as a pace bunny for this race.  Like last year I will be a 1:35 pace bunny in the half-marathon. Getting ready for this race has been an incentive for me to ramp up my training again. 

That is it for my plans for the rest of the year for now. However, this year I do get an added bonus. The day after Army Run I get to submit my registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon. By no means is my acceptance guaranteed since my time in Philadelphia in November was only 2:31 under my qualifying time but it is exciting for me nonetheless since this is the first time I am able to apply for entry.

Beer Mile

Tonight I ran a beer mile for the second time. For those of you not familiar with the idea of a beer mile it involves running four laps of a 400m track and consuming a beer before each lap with a penalty lap added if you get sick. You can view the full rules here

Last year I ran the mile in 14:03. Once again this year we chose the same track as our venue…

This year the beer of choice was Rickard’s Red after Coors Light was not a popular choice last week…

I managed to improve on my time this year with a 13:19 finish. I am not sure what I did differently this year but whatever it was it seemed to work. It is certainly not a great time compared to times others have accomplished but I am not sure what I could have done to improve my time more than I did. 

This was the scene after we all finished the mile (I should point out that all cans were picked up after I took this picture and no waste as left on the track).

Saturday Stories

It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

Tips on how to channel your inner Olympian. 

How running can change your life. 

A reminder that it is ok to deviate from your training schedule

An interesting study on why you can race faster than you train. 

Nutrition for Runners: Lentil-Walnut Loaf

Tonight’s recipe is yet another vegetarian one. We did not plan it this way but my wife and I have been making more vegetarian meals lately. This one is an alternative to meatloaf. 

Since this year is International Year of Pulses it is a good time to enjoy this recipe. 

If you are are interested in this recipe you can find it on page 167 of the Oh She Glows Cookbook. We enjoyed it twice over the past week and a half. The best part is the apple sauce based glaze for the top.

Nutrition for Runners: Chicken Korma and Homemade Naan

Tonight’s recipe is a great option my wife tried this week. It was the first attempt to make Indian food in our house. If you are interested in trying these recipes you can find the chicken korma here and the naan here. 

Our version was slightly different than the recipe posted. We used regular milk instead of coconut milk. To compensate 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut was added. In addition a can of diced fire roasted tomatoes was used instead of 3 diced tomatoes. If you go with canned tomatoes I would recommend not adding the salt called for in the recipe. Finally, our version was made with chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. 

It might not be something you want to eat all the time but you can play around with the ingredients to suit your needs. It was a good choice for me after a tough run after work Monday.

If you are having an Indian dish Naan bread is a must. Our version was healthier because we chose not to brush it with butter and we used 1 cup of whole wheat flour with 3 cups of regular flour. It tasted great that way!

The recipe took some time to make but it used regular ingredients and did not include some of the unpronounceable ingredients you find in store bought products. 

Saturday Stories

It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

A post about running and beer.

A post highlighting Canadian marathoners Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet.

A post about knowing when to go hard and when to take it easy.

A 40 year old dad qualified for the Olympic marathon

Nutrition for Runners: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchilladas

Tonight’s recipe is a vegetarian recipe we found in the Oh She Glows cookbook by Angela Liddon. This one is not as easy to make as some of the other recipes I have posted here but it is well worth the effort. The best part, in my opinion, is the avacado-cilantro sauce to put on the finished product.

I made the full recipe as per the recipe, including the enchillada sauce. None of it was complicated but it took me time to make because there were a lot of steps to go through. 

Overall the meal was very popular in my house. It is one we will definitely be making again.

Book Review: How Bad Do You Want It

While I was off work recently due to the birth of my youngest daughter I managed to finish a running related book. This book actually applies to all endurance sports but I was interested in how it could apply to marathon training.

I managed to read a good chunk of this book while I was rocking my daughter…

What drew me to this book was its focus on the mental aspect of training for an endurance sport. The mental aspect is an important part of training for and participating in endurance sports but this is the first book I read that focused on the mental aspect.

Each chapter tells a story about a different athlete and how there surmounted challenges they were faced with. I liked this approach because it made for a quick read and because I was not familiar with many of the athletes profiled in the book.

The other aspect I liked about the book is that it made me think about my own training. More than one of the stories made me think about ways I could improve my training and race preparation.

If you are into endurance sports I think this is a book worth reading.