Did I Start Training Too Early and What’s With the Sweet Potato Fries?

sweet potato friesApparently I started training earlier than I need too. In truth I would have started in December whether I realized that or not. I tend to be a bit of a worrier and I would have been thinking about the longer distances. Now I have a pretty good base on which to start building.

Is it high mileage? No but I’d rather train smart for my first marathon. Saturday was another 7 mile run with my teammates. I kept an even pace and felt pretty good afterward. I felt it was my own pace or a tiny bit slower than usual. I run into problems when my pace feels too fast.

I was crazy hungry though after running. I took my own advice and had a small protein and carbohydrate snack. I then had a veggie burger, red rice and Brussels sprouts for lunch. It felt good, filling and it wasn’t full of bread. I know I need the carbs but want to stick with whole grains rather than bread. (I did have multi-grain gluten-free bread with almond butter for breakfast. One serving is enough).

I seem to have picked up a new post-run craving. I want french fries. I make my own from sweet potatoes so I don’t feel guilty about eating them. I think I’m really craving salt so I had some olives and sure enough I stopped thinking about fries.

I did make baked sweet potato fries for dinner. They are my favorite and they are full of potassium as well as beta carotene, perfect post-run food! Just slice them thin, mist with olive oil, salt, pepper & rosemary (optional) and bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Stir half-way through and keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.