Green Drink and other new favorites! YUM!

You have GOT to try this. One of the only green drinks that has not made my stomach unhappy. It has all kinds of good stuff in it!

Amazing Grass Chocolate SuperFood Drink

I have been having a scoop as my post-run chocolate milk every day. It is a little pricy though.  I found it at Sprouts for $25 for 30 servings. However, I love that is has so many good things in it to make sure I am getting good nutrition in. So totally worth it for me.

Another awesome find for me has been these Perfect Foods bars. They come in Carob Chip, Peanut Butter, Fruit and Nut, and Light Cranberry. I love, love, love the consistency and they are SO yummy. They are all natural, made with organic ingredients, gluten free, and full of protein and omega 3’s. They are about 300 calories each and have good fats in them. I have one for breakfast when I am in a hurry to get to school after a run! They really fill me up. I also find these at Sprouts in the refrigerated section and snatch them up when they are on sale 4 for $5.  Thanks to my DailyMile friend Michael for turning me on to these!

I have been having some awesome runs lately. I am feeling good and my weight is hovering between 113 and 115. I am getting all of my strength workouts in using Core Performance Endurance.  Coach John recommended this book to me after spending WAY to much time lifting weights in the gym and becoming fatigued. This plan has been amazing for me. It is short, doable, and has really helped to strengthen my core without doing the same old boring crunches, planks, etc.

The plan consists of 3 different workouts- strength, power, and regeneration. They are all geared toward runners, which I love! This way I know I am working the right muscles. There are also movements that you complete before you begin running. Did you know that you actually should NOT stretch before running? Static stretching muscles before running actually makes them less ready to do the work you want them to do. I never knew that before I read this book!

I had a great 22 miler at South Mountain  yesterday with Tanaya. It is still a bajillion degrees here. The mornings have been back to hot this last week. So that was a bummer. We have a cool front of 99 this week though!

In other news, my goal for the Chicago Marathon is a 2:45. That is a 6:18 pace per mile. I need a 2:46 to qualify for the Olympic Trials. I am super excited and can’t believe it is almost here. 5 more weeks!!!