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WIAW – a day of fuel for a 10km night race


Today’s WIAYesterday is a bit different, simply because we did a 10km night race/power-walk last night. I’m always in a bit of a flurry planning breakfast fuel for these walks, which usually take place at 06h30, so to have it in the evening totally skews my munchies. Still, I think the fact that we survived it with a relatively good pace is a win-win all round!

Since this is WIAW on-the-go, let me introduce today with a another shoe-cat picture of our darling meow. ❤ He caught a bird the other day and Man-thing managed to get it from him (neck snapped, alas), so his WIAW since coming to this cat-infested complex of ours would be pellets, more pellets, little nibble of bird before it being cruelly snatched away, the bitter taste of disappointment, and pellets. :p


05h30 Breakfast: 1 banana mint smoothie with 1/3 cup raw soaked buckwheat and some all bran. Noms to the max! Coffee # 1 in bed and # 2 on campus.

WP_000027WP_00002810h00 Tea-time: pickle, 1 cup steamed pumpkin, artichokes, coffee. Also, sneaky list of upcoming treats for the blog! 😀 You can see why I insist Man-thing be our scribe for most birthday cards.

WP_00002912h30 Lunch: 1 slice rye bread with hummus with 1/2 cup brown lentils, broccoli + granny smith apple (not pictured) + coffee. My bread fell apart, but I am loving rye bread  again – yum yum!

WP_000030I have to gloat a little before we moved on – look what I got from pal Sian – four delightful, super ripe and delicious-looking avos! Yum yum! 😀 I always love being a guinea pig for fresh food from peoples trees or gardens – I’m going to make the craziest treats in the upcoming days with these lovelies – stay tuned!

WP_00003214h30 Snack: 1/2 a head of lettuce + seltzer lite – lemon + lime + 1 cup of steamed zucchini (veggie munchies, anyone?) Sometimes I get a massive craving for veggies, and there’s no stopping the roar. Also, the Seltzer is a throwback to my early veg days where I had a massive love affair with sparkling flavoured water. Not the healthiest of all things, but my secret love is to have loud burps by myself. Disgusting? Yes. Do I love it? Yes. :p

WP_000031WP_000038WP_00004316h30 carbo-loading :p: 1/2 cup brown basmati rice and cilantro salsa, 1 TBSP hummus, one or two slivers yellow and red peppers, spinach, pumpkin + coffee

WP_000047I figured I needed some solid carbs a few hours before showtime, so this hit the spot! I’d been waiting for this meal the whole week, so it was utterly worth it, especially knowing it wasn’t just being eaten for the sake of deliciousness, but also to serve a purpose (fuel). It worked its magic rather well – I only felt dizzy because of the poor lighting at parts, not because I didn’t chow properly. Was rather like an acid trip at points where the road starting squiggling, but that’s how it goes. Night races are actually awesome because you end the day with masses of energy.

18h00: 1 medium banana pre-walk. The dates are for Man-thing’s post-walk munchies, and as emergency rations for me in case I feel faint on the road (so we learn from experience).

WP_00003321h00: 1 cup soy milk + boiling water + cacao – post-walk wind-down protein noms


There are so many theories and suggestions on how to eat before any exercise to maximize output and endurance, but it becomes problematic when you throw in low blood pressure and a propensity for feeling faint on the road. One doesn’t want to over-eat before a race, but exercising on minimal fuel is asking for trouble.

The one interesting thing I read was about not chowing excessively after exercise to restore your body to the point where you probably shouldn’t have bothered exercising (e.g. eating an entire pizza after a casual 15 minute stroll). That may be fair enough, but I also think that any exercise, no matter how minimal, is better than nothing combined with starving yourself. There’s no magical equation, no “eat this = be that” way of living that works for everyone!

Anyway, my point is actually that I love these big exercise days, because I know we’re going to slowly get to the point where we can hopefully do something as amazing (and amazingly simple?) as jog 5k, and then hopefully push that up. I agree with the idea of having body goals, not ideal looks. I want my body to be able to do certain things, and that’s what I’m working towards. 🙂

What do you eat before and after a big walk or run?

What’s your favourite way to use avocados?

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

2 thoughts on “WIAW – a day of fuel for a 10km night race

  1. I’m a run/walker/ilifter! Don’t do races lol. But my daughter is a runner and races all the time! Her last 1/2 Marathon the night before I made her whole wheat pasta with simple red sauce (not spicy) and a salad! It works for her all the time (beat her time by 9 min.) Starts training for full marathon in December, not sure if the food intake will be different. Good job on your walk!


    • Hah! Races are a bit extreme – I don’t think you’ve got a bad combo there at all, especially the lifting part (ouch)! That sounds like a pretty good meal to me – I’d run just to get something like that 😉 You’re pretty awesome for fuelling her for these things – one becomes a lot more conscious of food as a means for energy rather than just tastebud delight, and then it’s pretty nifty to see what food choices one makes accordingly (chocolate sadly tucked away at the back of the cupboard for a lazy day).


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