Today was my planned long training run – 16km’s(10 miles) on trail. I made sure to eat a breakfast of champions, as I always try to do before I run. Today’s menu consisted of one slice of rye toast with ham, cheese and 1 egg, 3/4 cup of porridge with milk , half of a grapefruit and 1 cup of coffee (and the answer is yes I have always had a big appetite).
But as I was back and forth from the fridge putting breakfast together, I kept seeing a recipe card stuck to the front of the fridge door, that we recently received with our last juicing box order, with a recipe for “Workout Boost Juice” (see recipe below). Now, I do a lot of reading about running and the benefits of beets for athletes has come up often. The performance benefits of beets comes from the naturally occurring nitrates which promotes cardiovascular health (for a more detailed explanation see http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sheila-kealey/beet-juice-olympics_b_1723807.html). I mean even the recipe card touted the benefits, “In a recent study, researchers discovered that competitive cyclists who drank beet juice right before they got on their bikes were able to ride 16 percent longer!”
I am always excited about trying new, natural & healthy fueling methods for running, so what did I have to lose? I needed to try this out today! So I got busy juicing, drank up and got my running gear ready. As a side note, the juice is DELICIOUS!
I was feeling pretty energetic, well rested, had the trail to myself and was running on pure beet power. And I ran my fastest 16km to date – road or trail! Now I know it wasn’t just the juice that made the difference today, as I have made other changes to my diet recently, but I can tell you this is definitely something that is going into my regular running routine.
Workout Boost Juice (single serving)
- 2 Beets
- 1 Carrot
- 1/4 Cucumber
- 1/2 Apple
- 2 Stalks Celery