The only things I generally cook that require significant effort are my homemade chili and spaghetti. Normally. After another blogger, Kristin, broke down how easy it can be to meal plan, shop for the ingredients and actually COOK dinner all week, I decided if I didn't do it, I had to confess to being lazy. While I might actually be lazy, I'd rather not confess to that.
So, I sucked it up, looked up some recipes and came up with a dinner meal plan for the week.
Monday: Fend for yourself. (I know - great plan, right?)
Tuesday: Barley Risotto Primavera
Wednesday: Honey Sauced Chicken, crockpot
Thursday: Meatball Sandwiches
Friday: Fish & veggies
Saturday: Crockpot lasagna
This is not the original order, I switched around Friday, Saturday and Sunday when I remembered I was racing on Sunday instead of having a long run on Saturday.
I had to cancel on my normal Monday morning stuff, so that gave me a chance to go grocery shopping to get what I needed. In hindsight, I should have rewritten my list, grouping things of a certain type together. I had to return to the produce section 3 times.
|The most important items|
I am sad to admit - that I bought 3 of the Cadbury chocolate bars (they were on sale!) on Monday morning. As of 7:30am this morning, all three are gone. Each bar adds up to 510 calories. Oops.
The good news is - I was considering these bars as fuel on Rainier. We need to bring high calorie snacks that we like to eat. On Monday, I ate a little more than one entire bar...and then I met my friend Andrew for a 5 mile run. Fastest. 5. Mile. Run. Ever. For me anyway. Our last mile was our fastest, because at that point, I'd given up on slowing us down for what was supposed to be our RECOVERY RUN. After I came home, I also did my strength training workout with my Adam. We also did measurements, but I'll cover that another time.
Obviously, giant chocolate bars, with almonds, are the perfect fuel. I had a great run and a great workout. When I admitted to my trainer about my fueling choices, he asked how I felt. I don't think he expected my answer - "GREAT!"
|Where's my chocolate mommy?|
So, what did I learn from this, besides the fact that chocolate is great workout fuel? Is that I should wait to buy more of these until I am about to climb the mountain. I mean, RIGHT before I strap on the boots and the pack. HA!
I did make the first meal of the plan (since fending probably doesn't count). I have two things to say about it.
|It's rather colorful|
2. It was not nearly as tasty as the amount of effort that went into it. Mark better enjoy the leftovers, because I'm not making it again.
So far?? No domestic goddess points for the meal plan. BUT, I definitely have a great pre-race and during-climb fuel. We'll just pretend that was the original plan when I went shopping.
|We don't think any of them are buying that.|
What's your perfect pre-workout fuel?
Do you meal plan?