I am a little bit apprehensive about letting go of my protein shakes when I start training for my half marathon. It wasn't a issue when I was training for the smaller races, but as the runs get longer I am not sure about a good replacement for my non-vegan protein powder. I drink the shakes after my long runs (8 miles +) to help keep me full, because I usually run in the morning or before classes and am go, go, go for quite sometime afterwards.
Any ideas for filling vegan/superhero replacements that are easily portable?
You will be just fine substituting your shakes as your recovery snack. Just go for something with good protein and some grain. Peanut butter on a piece of whole grain bread or english muffin (with our without a banana) may sound cliche, but it actually works! I would have this after 20 plus mile runs for marathon training and it will do the trick. You do not need to get ALL of your recovery nutrients in right away after your runs and may want to carry some healthy snacks with you to school so that you can stay fueled without downing a shake! If you drive to where you do your long runs (a trail, for example) pack your recovery snack so that you are not tempted to stop at a smoothy place when your appetite kicks in on the drive home...If this is your first half marathon, Good Luck!!
Mashow- There are so many vegan protein shakes. They are made out of hemp, rice, soy, peas- you name it! You have a lot of choices to find one you like that helps you go go go! You can buy them prepared or buy the powder and mix them yourself. Check out vitacost, Vegan Essesntials, Peaceable Planet, and Raw Power websites. Also, Just an fyi in case it matters to you, Thomas' English Muffins aren't vegan. I know- bummer.
I run 1 marathon and 1 half marathon every year. This is the best diet for runners. Please refer to the Thrive Diet by Brenden Fraiser. He makes a protein shake that is better than anything. It's called Vega. The chocholate is really good and great for after your run
Thanks for all the links girls! I have just started to train for my first marathon (my first long distance running event ever) and I'm starting to think I'm half nuts to be trying this AND going vegan/macro at the same time. Any advice?
Hi! I just wanted to say I really love this post. I don't train for really long runs - usually my max is about 10K - but I love protein shakes after I run and I haven't been having them b/c I can't find a good non-whey powder. Thanks for all the info!
Thanks everyone for the great information! I am looking into the links and all the helpful tips right this very minute! I am thinking this half marathon will be my best one yet- the thrive diet looks very interesting.
Jessy, THANK YOU for those links. I am definately going to be picking up a copy of that book ASAP. I am in my first week of training and am suuuper sore. This morning (at 4:30am) I did a quick 3 miles. My question for you girls is...what should I be eating before and after these quick runs? Tomorrow I am doing 2 miles, 3 miles on Saturday and XT on Sunday. This morning I had a banana with a tbsp of almond butter before I ran and Alicia's rice porridge/plum/sesame seed recipe after I finished. Is this OK? I know everyone's body is different, but I'm so super new to these things (veganism and running!) that any advice would be awesome. Thanks so much!
I am loving this discussion too! I am training for my 4th half marathon (half Ironman triathlon next fall) and planning to start the switch from omni to veggie this month, eventually to vegan/superhero down the road (I have to take it slow). :) I will also check out the book and recommend it to my running friends!