Marathon Time

If you know me, you know that I’m a runner. It’s one of those things that I do. All. The. Time.

Above is a picture of my and my grandparents. Aren’t they cute!?! In the past few years it has felt like I have constantly been training for something, and I guess I have been. I have competed in group triathlons (myself being the running leg), a personal triathlon, and many 10 km races. I completed two half marathons last year, and this Saturday will be my first marathon…in the Swiss Alps. Running a marathon is something I have always wanted to do, but I never actually considered it seriously. When I got a 5 month contract job in Switzerland starting this past April, I thought it would be a good opportunity to live out my dream.

Living in Switzerland has been amazing. And not the annoying use of the word amazing like “wow, that fruit salad is amazing”…really? REALLY?? You were amazed at the fruit salad? Seriously?….anyway, yes, living in Switzerland is amazing. I wake up every day so grateful to be here, and running in such a beautiful countryside literally takes my breath away sometimes.

Training has been hard. I work from 8 to 5:30pm everyday, so I often have to wake up at 5:30am to do my cross training (weights, kickboxing, cycling, etc), and then either run during my lunch hour, or after work. So, training pretty much takes over my life. I wake up, do cross training, work, run, sleep. The weekends are when I get to kick back and see the countryside of this beautiful place. Sunday is long run day, so sometimes I take the train to a nearby town and run in the alps for practice, or I wake up super early, train, and then go see the sites like any other person would.

So clearly I love it here. I love running in the alps and through the flowing hills. I love running through vineyards and along lakes. I can’t believe it will all be over this Saturday. I’ll be going through the post-marathon blues. But, I can keep exercising to to keep fit and keep eating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to keep healthy. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite “marathon training” breakfast and snack recipes for you, so you know what a marathon gal gets to chow down on. Enjoy! Oh, and wish me luck!! :)

For breakfast try this protein packed salad from Oh She Glows.

Or try these yummy recipes:
Blueberry Banana Muffins
Multigrain waffles by 101 Cookbooks.
Zucchini Sweet Potato Bread
Cherry Pecan Granola by Healthy Food for Living.

For a snack try this avocado Chocolate Pudding. I love this stuff!

Or try one of these:
Pumpkin Cranberry Granola Bars
Energy-Packed Granola Bars
Marathon Cookies <—My favorite!
Green Monster Smoothie by Oh she Glows.

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your day with us. Perseverence should be your middle name. To stick to such a regimented week …….we give you credit. If there is another word or words for ” we wish you luck” then we wish you that too. We are so proud of you Kat. The whole day of your marathon will be filled with our prayers and good wishes for you . Go for it girl.!!!! Hugs Nan & Poppa <3

  2. Holy cow, those pictures couldn’t possibly be more stunning! Switzerland has just climbed WAY up my list of places to visit someday. What amazing surroundings to enjoy every day, sounds like you’re taking advantage of it fully.

  3. just found your blog! I love all the healthy recipes!!

  4. I am so impressed – I am not a runner at all, but I’m training for just a 5k. I really admire runners!!!

  5. You are amazing! I tried training for a marathon last summer and couldn’t get past 17 miles!

  6. Wow, what a wonderful opportunity! I hope you enjoy every minute of it. And, I’m going to send these recipes to my friend who is training for a marathon!

  7. That chocolate avocado pudding looks amazing! (just kidding). It looks like it’s creamy and delicious, Switzerland, however, does look amazing…

    need to try and get there sometime…
    sigh..

  8. Wow, Warm Vanilla, what an extraordinary experience you’ve had. Switzerland truly does sound “amazing,” in the most authentic sense of the word. Sounds like you are a just a dynamo, too, filled with energy. In fact, you’re the only gal I know of who seems to love baking and bugs with equal passion! ;) Though I’m sure Switzerland will miss you, I’ll bet Canada will be pretty glad to have you home again!

  9. You’re AMAZING!!! AND YOU BLOG TOO?! Wow!

  10. A race in the Alps? Can it get more gorgeous than that? Love your recipe round-up! Gotta give the chocolate avocado pudding a try.

  11. What absolutely beautiful photos! And what an accomplishment.

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