3 Reasons Why You Need the Runner’s World Cookbook “Meal on the Run”

NOTE: This review is 100% my opinion and I received no compensation for this post.  I just want to share my opinion with my readers.

Happy Monday! I wanted to switch it up tonight and talk about a cookbook that just gets me. I don’t know about you, but I have gotten my cooking style down pat. The food has to be delicious, less than 10 ingredients, healthy and under 30 minutes. BOOM!  Enter the Runner’s World cookbook, “Meals on the Run”.

I was eyeing up the cookbook on Amazon for a while and kept watching the price fall.

Then Runner’s World wrote an article about soup and it so happened to give a recipe from the cookbook for Chunky Tomato-Beef Soup. After making this recipe several times and getting tired of meal planning, I knew I had to purchase it.

Here are the top reasons why you need this cookbook:

#1 The amount of delicious recipes!

Spoiler alert! The subtitle is “150 energy-packed recipes in 30 minutes or less”. With 150 recipes, you are bound to run into several you’ll make over and over again! So far I have made the chunky tomato-beef soup, curried pumpkin soup, quick-cooking barley and kale soup, black and white bean sausage soup, sweet potato chicken stew, summer corn salad, warm tomato olive and arugula salad, gazpacho chicken salad, bow-ties with roasted cherry tomatoes, and Kara Goucher’s kitchen sink pizza. Ok then….so I have tried way more than what I originally thought LOL!

#2 Each recipe has a helpful color coded guide indicating the dietary category (vegan, vegetarian, etc.) and performance need (recovery, pre-run, etc.).

It makes deciding what to eat and when to eat super easy! I also like to scope out recipes that are hydrating when I know it’ll be a particularly hot and humid week. There are helpful special recipe lists in the back of the book that lists all recipes by category (vegan, post-run, 5 minute fix, and so on).

#3 The range of recipes

I feel like a lot of cookbooks focus on one type of food and not so much on other types. For example, it may have 6546465 chicken recipes but 1 breakfast recipe. I need variety people!  This cookbook does a great job of having a ton of recipes for the following; breakfast, smoothies and juices, snacks and sweets, salads, soups and stews, pasta and noodles, vegetarian mains and sides, seafood mains, and meat and poultry mains. Oh, and did I mention most recipes have pictures? 🙂

I have several runner cookbooks but this is easily my favorite.  What other running/sports cookbooks do you love? Leave a comment. 

Back to Basics: How to Fuel for a Run

Happy April everyone! Running season is upon us and it’s the time of year where I receive the most questions.  So in the spirit of the season, this month I am going back to basics with (the appropriately named) Back to Basics Series. Yay!!

Last week, a coworker and I got into a discussion about fuel.  He scored an amazing deal (like $3?! Normally $33) on a 24-count box of Honey Stingers that were “about to expire”…in August! If you’re training for a half marathon you could definitely eat all those by August. What a lucky dog…

Long story short, I get a lot of questions about fueling. How much? How often? Which kinda? Well if you haven’t figured it out by now, today I want to talk to you about…

Do I need to consume fuel during my run?

It’s important to know that fuel is only necessary for runs longer than 60 minutes, regardless of the distance. Doesn’t matter if it’s 3 miles or 7 miles, after 60 minutes your body needs carbs.

How often should I take in fuel during my run?

The ideal rule is 1 package every 45 minutes. So if you plan to run over an hour, start at minute 45, then another an an hour and 30 minutes and so on. If your stomach is feeling “off” or you feel full, don’t feel like it is mandatory to take something.  Listen to your body.

Which kind of fuel should I consume?

Beer!  Kidding.  Don’t do that.  I did that once during a race. I immediately regretted that decision. The most popular fuel is gel. They come in a variety of flavors and are easy to carry with you. Next are chews, which are pretty much like gummies. They are a nice way to switch it up if you get tired of eating gel and want something to chew, hence the name. Next up, sport beans!! Basically jelly beans you feel less guilty about eating. Sport beans are a favorite of mine around mile 17 of the marathon when you are losing your mind and all you can do is count beans…yeahhhh. Frankly, none are greater than the either. Experiment and see which one works/tastes best for you!

So there you have it!  The basics of fueling!  I didn’t include hydration in this post because that is a separate post in itself 🙂

Happy running!