Gah! Feeding my coach. It's got to be one of the hardest parts of football season for me. It wouldn't have to be all that hard, except for the fact that I really want my hubby to eat WELL during football season! I also don't want to spend a fortune on prepared foods or him going out to eat. He works long, stressful hours, spends time traveling and definitely gets worn down. If I can at least fuel him with healthy food, I feel like I'm doing my part to help the team succeed!
Now, every team/school/staff is different, but everywhere we've been so far my husband has eaten 3 meals a day at school AT LEAST 4 days a week. That means really doing something thinking and planning ahead when it comes to having food prepared and ready for him! I'll be honest - some weeks I really fail at this. He comes home at night looking for food to bring the next day and I'm like - "there's an apple...how about some cheerios?".
One of the things that I've done that really helps is make sure I plan several meals throughout the week for me and the girls and I make plenty for leftovers. That way, we can have them the following day for lunch and the coach can take them for at least one meal too. I try to do at least one meal a week in the crockpot. I've also found that pre-making 1 large egg dish for a week's worth of breakfasts has been a huge time/sanity-saver.
These egg bakes aren't the prettiest...and I'm definitely no food photographer! But they taste good!!
Another lifesaver this year has been finding a good shake mix for him to take as a snack in the afternoon. If you know my husband you know he is a coffee FANATIC and drinks it all day long. When I heard about CLICK protein mix and had the chance to try it for a review, I KNEW my husband was going to be excited about it. It's turned into one of the best things I can send with him each day! So here's the deal - they've taken a great protein powder (16 grams/serving) and added 2 shots of REAL espresso for awesome coffee flavor and a kick of caffeine! There is also a great boost of essential vitamins and minerals so it's totally suitable for a meal replacement shake too! Click comes in mocha, caramel and vanilla flavors. My coach is a total mocha fan so that was his hands down favorite. But the said they were all really good! He's been taking it to work every day and likes mixing it up with hot water for a mocha latte-type drink. We've also tried it blended with ice at home! All yummy! Coach claims that it's been keeping him full all afternoon while giving him that caffeine jolt he needs to get through practice and late night film watching! I'm just thankful that there is 1 less snack I need to pack each day!
Here are a few of our other football season stand-bys...
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Hey friends! It's October and FINALLY maybe just maybe looking like I'll have a few fall-weather runs coming up! I'm just craving cooler weather! I'm a little over 4 weeks into my Harbor Half training program and I have to say it's going really well. Having a running buddy for the long runs sure is a huge motivator, and the fact that I got to do some out of town runs last week really helped break up the boring. The only bad part about my trip was that I brought along my trusty foam roller (great idea, used it daily!) but then I FORGOT IT!!! Whatever shall I do!?! I've been improvising with my tennis balls but am really needing to get it back soon!
Another thing that really has been making this training cycle go smoothly is the addition of essential oils. I feel like I've become a self-proclaimed oil ambassador...I just can't stop talking about these things! My current oil routine while training is using the inflammatory blend rub on my lower back and hamstrings before runs and before bed. I also use a combo of lavender and cedarwood on my feet at night so I can be sure to be getting the highest quality sleep possible! Finally, I've been really focusing on boosting my immune system since I always seem to get sick when I increase my mileage, so I've been diffusing and cleaning with the protective immune blend RELIGIOUSLY! So far, I've been feeling awesome! Oh and of course I use oils in my pre-run Margarita Mocktail!
As race day is approaching, I've been coaching my fellow Mom's in Motion Run Clubbers about training how you race. That means testing out pre-run meals and timing, carrying water bottles/fuel and running at the right time of day. I have to admit, I don't always practice what I preach! It's tough my friends, especially when kiddos are involved. I've gotten my pre-run fuel down pretty well and I typically run in the morning so those won't be too tough for me on race day, but honestly the hardest thing is carrying what I need! I do 95% of my runs with the BOB Stroller, a 20lb kiddo and my 4 legged buddy Miss Oakley. None of them will be joining me on race day (sad!) and I won't have many opportunities to train without them. While some might think that it will be much easier to run without them, I'm a little nervous about it! I love that I can load the BOB with extra water, snacks, my phone, etc. I'm a pretty minimalist runner typically because I HATE carrying stuff, so I'll have to get that ironed out in the coming weeks. Plus, Miss Oakley is really good at pulling us up hills!
I've got an 8 miler for my long run this week and I'm really starting to LOOK FORWARD to long runs! Isn't it funny how we crave a challenge?
I've gotten a lot of requests lately for more info about how my husband and I use essential oils as being a runner and athlete, so I've put together an online class just for athletes! It's perfect for runners, fitness fanatics, competitive athletes and even parents of little superstars! You'll learn about how the oils work naturally with your body, what to use before, during and after a workout, and even a little bit about sports injuries! Be sure to head over to my Home Field Essentials group and RSVP for the class! It's on Tuesday, October 20th at 8pm CST and you can tune in from anywhere!
Funny story...during my first half marathon ever, we had personalized race bibs. The girl who was in front of me for most of the second half of the race had hers pinned on her back and her name was Margarite. I spent those last 5+ miles thinking about nothing but margaritas. Needless to say...I had one for my celebration dinner that night, and it has become a bit of tradition since then. A sweet, salty drink after a long hard run is just perfect sometimes!
So, we know that having a marg or a beer after a race can be a fun motivator, what about having a little mock-tail BEFORE you hit the road? When I realized I could make my own pre-workout drink that tastes just like a margarita - that was a pretty awesome day. This drink is SO GOOD. It's the perfect mix of sweet and salty, not only making it super similar to my favorite drink, but also exactly what you need to fuel with for a long run.
This drink is also a great electrolyte drink when you're sick. And if you can drink a margarita mocktail when you're sick, you're pretty much guaranteed to feel better soon!
Pre-Run Margarita Mocktail
You can shake this up and pour it over some ice cubes for "on the rocks" - or throw it in the blender with some ice for a blended margarita mocktail! I've done it both ways and love them both!
How about you?
What do you crave after a long run?
Try this drink and tag me @homefieldfitness on Instagram!!
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