Training for a marathon is hard work. On Saturday I ran 15 miles for the first time with Team Nutribullet. Oh my goodness! The last two miles were very difficult. While I maintained a very consistent 11 minute pace for the first 12 miles, I slowed down to a 12+ minute pace for the last 3 miles. I honestly have never felt bored while running until last Saturday. Hopefully these new miles are just a mental block that I need to break through so I can run the 26.2 miles needed for this marathon.
My goal is to focus on running a lot more throughout the entire week. In order to do that nutrition will be key. To get through these 26.2 miles, I am definitely going to need healthy carbohydrates. Over the weekend, I got busy in the kitchen.
I decided to make energy balls since they are so easily portable. Growing up, my dad loved Fig Newton’s. His love for the cookies passed on to me! My goal with this recipe was to make these balls taste as close as possible to the cookie without all the icky ingredients.
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 10 dried figs
- ⅓ cup walnuts
- 1 tablespoon Vega vanilla protein powder
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or Nutribullet.
- Mix until the texture becomes crumbly.
- Using your hands, roll out ten energy balls.
I have to say I was pretty happy with the results.
Protein is important for muscle recovery, so I also made Peanut Butter Lover Protein Balls!
The ingredients include: 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup vega protein powder, 4 tablespoons peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs. Mix in Nutribullet and form into 10 balls.
Question(s): What is your favorite energy/protein ball recipe? How was your weekend? What mental tricks do you use to get through long runs?