I love running.

It’s coming to a point where I have to talk myself down from running, because I know that I do not want an injury. I know I want to run, but I also know not to increase my weekly mileage to more than 10%.

I do other exercises as well, but there’s something about running. It’s freeing and calming, almost like a more sadistic form of meditation.

Something I’ve seen in many other runners is lack of proper nutrition. There are a myriad of reasons to ensure proper nutrition, especially when you put your body through the hell of regular endurance running.

Here are 3 vital ones for runners:

Calcium your bones work in the same way you probably know muscles to. When you lift, your muscles break down and are quickly rebuilt to be stronger. A similiar process happens to your bones, but at a much slower rate. Calcium is a vital nutrient to make sure your bones are able to rebuild properly and eventually become stronger.

Carbs This is your bodies main source of energy. Carbohydrates break down into glucose to burn, and if it is not used initially it will be stored as glycogen, which is essentially just energy that your body stores for later.

Protein Your muscle are put through hell during a long run. After you start racking up miles, your muscles will become tired, you’re using all of them!

There are obviously many more, but that’s for another post. Let’s get to the recipe

Vegan Sweet Potato

Serves 1: (I usually make these for myself before or after runs, obviously you can make more)

Ingredients

Sweet potatoes 4 – 5 medium sized

Kale 1/4 cup chopped

Spinach 1/4 cup chopped

Broccoli 1/4 cup chopped

Vegan Butter – 4 Tbsp

Garlic Powder1 tsp

Instructions:

  1. Melt your Butter in a deep pan and throw your sweet potatoes in.
  2. Allow them to cook until they are softened up, the butter is important, so you may have to add a little more.
  3. Add your garlic powder.
  4. Right before the potatoes are completely done, chop your kale, spinach, broccoli, and any other leafy greens you can add. Leafy greens are a great source of nutrients, so add them last to keep those nutrients, but also soften them up in the butter.

That’s it!

This is a delicious way to get a delicious pre-workout meal full of carbs, protein, fiber, and calcium. I would always recommend adding more greens, they are always a great idea.

Learn how I went from running 1/10 a mile to 10 miles!

Keep running!

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