Thrive Inspired

I was able to make some progress with Thrive while the girls played in the water and the sand yesterday afternoon. I was excited to put a lot of his principals into practice today with a long run planned for this morning.

My friend Shawn has decided to run the half marathon (13.1 miles) with me next weekend and we made plans to run long together this morning. I set the alarm for 5:15 so I would be ready to go when he arrived at 6.

About 20 minutes before heading out I had a very Thrive inspired pre-run snack. Brendan talks about the protein, fat and carb content of pre-run fuel based on what kind of training you’ll be doing. From a walk, a bike ride, hiking, running, swimming to tennis, basketball, golf, whatever – based on how long you’ll be out and at what intensity, he describes the ratio of carb, fat and protein you want to eat before your chosen form of exercise. Based on his descriptions I felt like a long run at a decent pace fell into the “moderate intensity” category since we were going long for endurance and not so much focusing on speed. The other categories would be low intensity and high intensity.

Based on his approach, I was aiming my pre-run snack to be 60% carbohydrate, 35% fat and 5% protein. Of course I didn’t want anything too heavy so I chose a handful of dried apples, raisins and raw almonds. It took the edge off my ever so slight hunger and hopefully was close to the right proportion of macro nutrients that I was aiming for.

Pre Run Snack

We set out just as the dawn was breaking and watched the sun rise. The air was cool and crisp, it was a fabulous run. The time flew by and I felt great for the entire run. We’d planned to go 9 miles but we were both feeling so great at the end we agreed to go 10. Shawn has the Garmin 305 so it was easy to keep running and know how much farther we needed to go to hit 10 miles.

We finished 10 miles in 1:24:49 making our average pace 8:27. If we can maintain that pace for the entire half marathon we’ll come in under 2 hours, which is my only time goal at this point. This is the longest run I’ll do between now and the half marathon. I’m unofficially tapering my mileage now and will keep all runs from here and through next week around 4 to 6 miles.

Back home and with Thrive still on the brain, I cracked open a young coconut I’ve had in the fridge for a few days and drank the young coconut water for a “snack consisting primarily of simple carbohydrate”.

Post Run Coconut Water

I thought coconut water would be a good choice but looking at the nutritional stats now coconut water really doesn’t have that many carbs! Oh well, now I know.

When I felt hungry about an hour later I was ready to make a recovery breakfast consisting of “high-quality, easily digestible raw protein” from “natural whole food sources”. Brendan really likes using hemp as a plant based protein source but I don’t have any yet. Flax seeds are another option he recommends. Can do – Flax Seeds R’Us!

I’d stuck a couple of bananas in the freezer yesterday for banana whip whenever the mood struck – and the mood struck this morning. I put the scooped out young coconut meat in the freezer an hour earlier when I had my young coconut water, so it was slightly frozen but not rock solid either. Coconut meat and banana into the food processor to make coconut banana whip!

Recovery Breakfast

I after the coconut and banana were whipped up and smooth, I added a healthy helping of ground flax and a scoop of almond butter to make the recovery breakfast to beat all recovery breakfasts.

Banana Coconut Whip

Totally creamy and yummy, a perfect post run breakfast for me!

I’m totally psyched about all the concepts in this book, I can’t wait to finish it up and write my full review. I’m convinced and I definitely feel that this is worth a read by anyone, whether you’re an athlete or just want to be fit and healthy and naturally reach your ideal weight.

In other news, a couple of you asked about my hummus recipe, I plan to make hummus today and will post  about it tonight! I know you’ll all be biting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seats until then!


16 Responses

  1. Hey!
    I absolutely adore coconut water after a workout…I buy Zico brand and it’s my treat…TONS of potassium.

    LOVE your whip! I don’t normally have any coconut meat leftover a “crackin’ cuz I just gobble it up…it’s so good!

    I am probably just gonna “kindle” that book before your review…it sounds you said , fills in some gaps.

    waiting, nails a biting for your hummus… I get home about 6…when’s dinner?

  2. Cool! I can’t wait to hear more about the book! But what’s up??? No coconut cracking pics?!?! I love seeing the mallet!

  3. I so want to get Thrive! I think I am going to use some of my birthday $$ to purchase it! I love those garmin hrms! I thought about getting one but I know they don’t work inside too well and since I teach group fitness classes as well as run….I had to go with the polar! Great job on the pre run snacky! The banana whip looks fantastic too!

  4. I’ve never thought of having soft serve banana as post run fuel but it sounds great!
    Do you buy a whole coconut or is that young coconut something different?
    I didn’t like the boxed coconut water, but maybe straight from a coconut would be better!

    • It’s a young coconut that you crack open and can pour the water out of. I’ve had the boxed coconut water and it was ok, the fresh stuff is definitely more flavorful and cheaper too. You just have to work to get it out!

  5. Wow! I am SUPER DUPER impressed with your running. I can (could) only do a time like that with a distance under 5 miles when I was a runner.

    I’ve heard of that book and am looking forward to hearing about how you are incorporating it into your nutrition.

    And that banana whip looked DELISH!!!! I made some for my girls a couple of months back and need to make it again as we always have an never-ending supply of frozen bananas 🙂

  6. YOU ARE GENIUS. coconut banana flax whip? i am in love. with you and the whip.

    i am not a huge coconut water fan – something tastes off about it – but i will happily devour that bowl of goodness anyday. hmph…now i just need a processor. money gods, here my prayer…

  7. i havea big costco container of cold pressed flax. thanks for the reminder that i should actually USE it.. i wonder if it goes bad….

    thanks for the idea with the glorious whipping method! no i am not talking about in the bedroom. in the kitchen. get your mind out of the gutter.

  8. Alison congrats on that 10 miler today. super awesome! I always find i hard to decide what to have or what not to have when i run too. what other things do you suggest?

    can’t wait for that hummus. I’m HANGRY!!!

  9. The banana/coconut whip sounds so so good! I haven’t even started that book yet. Ever since I stopped taking the subway it takes me 6 months to read one book.

  10. I’m looking forward to reading more about Thrive!

    I need to go and make some banana whip now… 😉

  11. Love banana whip, especially with a side of almond butter!

  12. fyi – I bought my Kitchen Aid mandolin from TJ Maxx for $29.99. They might have it on sale at your local chain as well.

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  14. I just found your blog and I can’t believe how similar our days were today.

    I’m also reading Thrive and loving the concepts so I tried to incorporate it into my pre and post run meals today. Incidentally I ran almost 10 miles (9.5) in 1:24:00 as well. And I’m also running a half marathon next week, my goal being under two hours. Hopefully we both make it!

    I made the Direct Fuel Bites for my run and they were great for energy but upset my stomach a little (although most things do during a run). I’d still recommend them highly. I also made the Dinosaur Kale Quinoa Wraps from Thrive for dinner tonight and I made the Banana Pear Ginger Cereal earlier this week.

    I’m planning to make more of Brendan’s recipes next week so hopefully they’re just as good.

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