Running hacks. I’m no coach, I thought, what running hacks do I know? Food, of course; I’m a foodie. Is it any wonder that my idea of running hacks is mostly related to food?
Baby, it’s getting hot in here
I am often so tempted to skip a warmup when it’s freezing (or below freezing) outside. One of the purposes of warming up is to warm up your muscles — so you don’t do things like strain them; a warm muscle is a flexible muscle.
During the winter, if I’m running from home, I change into my running clothes and I do my warmup inside. Maybe everyone already does that, but if you don’t — to me, it just makes sense. I’m also more likely to take a little longer with my warmup that way.
Coaches, please don’t tell me that’s a bad thing!
Bare feet is good for the soles
But maybe you don’t want to go out and invest in minimalist shoes. Or maybe you’ve tried them before and they just weren’t for you.
I think I had an aha! moment again. Coaches, again, please don’t tell me I’m wrong! Anyway, have I mentioned that I’m not the best housekeeper (tongue firmly inserted into cheek). So walking around barefoot in my house on a day to day basis might not be the wisest choice. Especially considering those 12 paws that like to dirty up the floors.
But I have toe socks. Because I like to workout in bare feet. But I also like my feet to be a little protected. And they’re good for doing yoga when it’s cold, too. And of course, the “experts” say you shouldn’t be walking around in your shoes inside anyway (part of why I have outside shoes & inside shoes).
I got the bright idea the other day to walk around — all day — in my toe socks. Inside, of course. I have to admit, my legs seemed kind of tired after that. Let’s hope it’s actually improving my foot strength, since apparently I need help in that department.
Life has been busy lately. I’ve had to meal prep more than usual. When you’re tired and hungry, it’s easy to grab food that won’t help fuel your exercise — or recover well. Unless you meal prep.
Mason jar salads. Instant soup in a mason jar! Home made instant oatmeal. All of these will get you fueled and help you recover with just some time (an hour or two) spent on a day that isn’t so busy or a weekend day.
Kitchen tools to make your life easier
There’s my mini crockpot. I’ve traveled with it — you can reheat leftovers, you can warm up food overnight, and it’s great for a couple of servings of oatmeal.
A rice cooker (Amazon Affiliate link) is kind of the same concept, really, and yes, you can make oatmeal in it, too. It’s larger, though, so you can make several servings. You can also make quinoa in it. Because of its size, I’ve never traveled with it. But it’s a workhorse in our kitchen and it’s really much simpler to make rice using it.
A regular crockpot is great, too. Throw some ingredients in it the night before or in the morning, and you can come home to a delicious warm meal. And of course I hear a lot about the Instant Pot (Amazon Affiliate link) these days, although I don’t own one (yet). Apparently it’s a pressure cooker, crockpot, rice cooker — but wait, there’s more!
I have had crockpots forever — I go through periods where I use them, periods where I don’t, but I can’t say there’s ever a year that goes by that I don’t use them at all. I used to have a big ole pressure cooker. I used to can tomato sauce, jam . . . we donated it a while ago.
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I’ve gotten back into green smoothies a bit recently. And the reason I’ve gotten back into them is because occasionally I actually make up some smoothie packs: throw some fruits and veggies in a small mason jar and put it in the freezer.
When I want a smoothie, all I do is take my mason jar out and let it thaw a bit. Then add any add-ins (milk, water, chocolate chips, whatever), then give it all a whirl in the blender.
Did you know you can actually blend up everything except the liquid and freeze it like a muffin? Then do the same — thaw a bit, add liquid, and blend.
So let me know in the comments:
What gets you out the door faster?
Do you have an Instant Pot? Thoughts?
What is one thing you’re loving lately?