What I Eat in a Day: Long Run Edition

I thought it would be fun to show you guys how I get in my calories on different types of workout days so I started with a long run day. This past Sunday, July 2, I had a 12 mile run in the morning and also ate out for dinner! If you checked out my Instagram story on that day, you would have gotten a sneek peek for this post. If you are interested about why I eat the way I eat, check out my past post on If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM).

Meal 1 (Breakfast)

What I drink every morning after I get up is 20 ounces of water with 5 grams each of BCAAs and creatine monohydrate in them. I feel like my recovery has improved since I started taking creatine and I just like the taste BCAAs add to the water. I buy both from MyProtein.com which I found has the best prices on supplements that are pretty high in quality. If you want to order off of there, I have a referral code that gets you 25% off your order and I'll get $10 in credit: JENNIFER-R45T

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For breakfast, I had coffee with 4 ounces of 1% milk (warmed up) along with oatmeal with peanut butter and raspberries. This is a pretty normal breakfast for me now and I knew it wouldn't bother my stomach during the run. Plus, PB&J oatmeal is just amazing tasting anyways. I ate breakfast at about 5 a.m. and would have enough time to digest it before we went out to the lakes.

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Meal 2 (Pre-Run)

Since there was about 2.5 hours between when I ate breakfast and when Mike and I were going to start the run/bike ride, I had a small snack of rice cakes and raspberry spread before we headed out. Since I had planned most of my food out the day before, I knew I needed some more carbs in the day anyways and I knew I'd need a little snack before heading out on the run.

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Mike also had some rice cakes before heading out since the previous Sunday he didn't eat before and felt spent pretty quickly into the bike ride.

Meal 3 (During Run)

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Since I had 12 miles on the schedule for Sunday, I brought along a Gu and put Nuun in my water for the run. If I was running less than 11 miles, I would have just brought along plain water. I took my Gu (salted watermelon which was delicious!) at mile 8 and drank my water along the way (along with water out the water fountain).

Meal 4 (Post-Run)

I made my post-run smoothie Saturday night, just to have one less thing to do before heading out and also because I thought my neighbors would not appreciate the blender going off at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I packed in a lot to it because it would basically be my lunch for the day: blueberries, banana, spinach and protein powder. I drank it on the drive from the lakes to the gym to stretch and foam roll.

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After I got home (and showered), I took a nap since it was already noon and we were going to see an 4:30 showing of Wonder Woman. There was no way I was going to make it through a 2.5 hour movie without falling asleep if I didn't get a nap in. Even if we don't have big plans for later in the day, I feel a lot better if I get a nap in on long run days. Plus I get extra puppy cuddles since Vinnie usually naps with me.

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I ended up taking a shorter nap than I thought I would, so I had a coffee with a little bit of creamer while I worked on the blog. I didn't count those calories in my macros since it was only going to be a couple of calories and I don't need (or want) to be that on top of my macros.

Meal 5 (Movie Snacks)

Yes, I brought in my own snacks to see Wonder Woman. We did buy a sparkling water to drink during the movie and there wouldn't have been anything that fit in my macros at the theater. I brought a chocolate peanut butter protein bar from Aldi (which was delicious and a great price compared to other protein bars) and a serving of chocolate chip cookies from Naturebox).

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Since I hadn't eaten anything since about 10 a.m. (and it was now 4:30 p.m.), I ate my snacks by the time we got through all the previews. I wasn't super hungry at all, probably because I had the coffee and that suppresses my appetite some.

Also, if you haven't seen Wonder Woman yet you should because it was an awesome movie!

Meal 6 (Dinner)

Finally, at about 7 p.m., we had dinner at Chipotle right after. We haven't it in a while and it was a really good way to end the night. I got my usual steak burrito bowl with rice, black beans, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce while Mike had an overstuffed steak burrito (plus a beer because he could).

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And that's what I ate for my long run day! Not a typical day of eating for me since I worked my macros around what we were doing that day while making sure I had enough to eat before and right after my run. I'll probably do another long run what I eat in a day later on in my marathon training when I have upped my macros (along with what I eat in a day in a couple of other days in my training schedule).

Total Calories: 2,218

Carbs: 306g

Protein: 188g

Fat: 58g