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Three weeks ago we started a new training plan for our running and Sunday just happens to be our long run day right now.  It will probably get changed once we move but for now that’s the day for us.  We tend to get up at our normal time and skip our coffee sipping time of relaxation and just head on out.  Sometimes Genki Husband and I will grab a few dates or share a banana before leaving the house but basically we eat nothing before our long run.  Last weekend was 80 minutes in duration so you can expect we really burn off a lot of calories.  Upon our return, we tend to make a large breakfast at around 10A.M.  Here’s what we have been eating after our long runs:

Waffles are a hit with Genki Husband – I try to mix it up and add different berries or fillings for variety. Then we usually have watermelon too, if I haven’t eaten all of it first.

Vegan Sausage and Gravy with Homemade Biscuits. This is so incredibly easy to put together, I’m not sure why people always think it’s a lot of work. This photo was actually leftovers warmed up but I’m sure you can get the idea. It was so filling and delicious after a long run.

Dark Cocoa Zucchini Muffins made with no oil. These were a bit sticky but they were tasty after a long run.

This is something we will eat for an afternoon run post fuel up or as a fast breakfast after a run. This is a tortilla (whole wheat is better but it’s hard to find here), sliced banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter and a few chocolate chips. So delicious and can be eaten in the car while driving.

It all depends on when we get back from our run but occasionally we have more of a brunch style meal. Vegan Lunch: two slices bread slathered in hummus, cucumber slices and sliced pickles.

Biggby Coffee is a Michigan coffee house that has vegan option but beware of the high sugar level content. Biggby does have soy milk, we’ve had issues before in a few stores but it is a general practice to have soy milk available. (Make sure you ask specifically for no dairy syrups. Some drinks have dairy pre-mixed!) I’m not a fan of Biggby as the stores smell like hazelnut and I can’t breathe (I’m allergic) but they are all over the place and that’s where people in Michigan go around here. Boy did I get off focus… This is a African Autumn Rooibos Tea Latte with soy milk. It’s very sweet so Genki Husband and I share the drink and normally we have leftovers for another day. They serve Harvey and Sons tea, so delicious!

Blended bananas (2-4 each person) with a little water in the first bowl. Then we had freshly cut watermelon and blueberries, all from Michigan. Then I also had the leftover tea bag from my tea latte above (yes, it does work for tea later- hello my cheap side. haha) Mine is on the right.  Genki Husband added Vegas Raw Vegan Protein powder to his banana smoothie so it turned more brownish in color.

Vegan Post Run Lunch: bean burritos, homemade salsa, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries and a banana. Delicious!!!

My cute manager for the day – Genki Cat.

Note:  It’s important to make sure you are getting enough calories in when you are training for a marathon or just increasing your workout plans.  Food is fuel and medicine for your body so when you fuel it with enough food, it will heal your body.  If you do it correctly, your body will not hurt as much the next day.  Additionally, if you fuel your body, you will see weight loss and higher levels of energy.