Throughout our training, we’ve both been trying to commit to eating healthy. So, we usually prepare high-protein dishes like chicken or salmon and vegetables.

Before a longer run, it’s important to have a meal that is packed with both protein and carbs. Our favorite meals before a morning run are protein pancakes or bagels with peanut butter. We’ve been buying the Buttermilk Kodiak Cakes® as they have less sugar than regular pancakes but more protein.

After a long run, we’ve gotten into the habit of rewarding ourselves with chocolate banana protein shakes. Our recipe calls for:

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  • One scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • Ice
  • *Optional: 1 teaspoon coconut oil*

Of course, we have our cheat days (sometimes more than one cheat day each week)! After a workout we’ll occasionally make a pizza from scratch using an easy dough recipe. We mix fast-rising pizza yeast with hot water, an herb mix, and olive oil to create our dough. After we’ve let the dough rise and pre-cook it for a few minutes we top it with some sauce, fresh vegetables, and mozzarella cheese. This recipe is such a favorite of ours that we end up making it a few nights a week after a longer run.

§ Gillian and Will are employees of Amica Mutual Insurance and have received free entries into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.