As an Obstacle Course Racer, it is more than a goal to achieve top results…it is a journey, a conquest if you will. Since 2012, I have only looked to improve and become one of the top athletes in the business. Although I am still striving to get there, my abilities have flourished each time my training regiment moves to the next level. As my training has become more challenging, the fuel I use to keep me going and cut recovery time has to be adjusted.
As an OCR racer, a CrossFit athlete, a personal trainer, and a fitness enthusiast, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my recommendations for fuel. Since this is my first post, I would like to start it up with the first and most important meal you eat every day, breakfast! Specifically, I would like to focus on one of my favorite pre-race meals, eggs.
I am sure many people have heard fitness enthusiasts and food gurus talk about eggs for breakfast, for weight loss, for getting a healthy dose of cholesterol…and they are “egg-actly” right but I want to go more in-depth.
Eggs are first and foremost, incredibly nutritious. A single hard-boiled egg contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Folate, Phosphorous and Selenium; all of which are part of the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance). Furthermore, they contain 77 calories, 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats. For those who don’t know, there are good fats, and bad fats. Good fats are usually found in foods like nuts, almonds, avocado, and yes…eggs.
Eggs are sometimes considered the perfect food as they contain nutrients the body needs.
It is true that cholesterol is very high in eggs but that doesn’t necessarily affect the cholesterol in your blood. As a matter of fact, they raise HDL (Good Cholesterol). Good cholesterol actually reduces your chance of heart disease and other heart problems.
Now as an obstacle racer, eggs are my go to meal at the beginning of a race, probably about 1-2 hours before race time. As we all know, running can be draining and depending on the type of race, it could drain you completely if you don’t pace yourself out. We also know as obstacle race athletes that sometimes race directors like to put in some upper body obstacles like rigs or monkey bars. The problem I used to get when eating a large carb loaded breakfast was that on some of the obstacles I ran into, I would feel heavy, and while my energy was at a probably high level, the amount of weight I would carry would make it harder and slower to get though.
Today, I usually have an omelet with vegetables with an optional half slice of toast before heading to the venue. It allows me to get my body going with the necessary nutrients as well as healthy fats to fill me up and keep me going throughout the day. As a matter of fact, the morning of one of my most recent races, I had a breakfast wrap and barely anything else for the rest of the day yet I wasn’t hungry and still had energy.
Some of my recommended “egg” based meals include eggs and turkey bacon, mushroom, spinach; egg frittata, and my personal favorite…green eggs and ham!( which is this week recipe) If you think I’m kidding, try putting 2 eggs (any form) on 2 pieces of bread with sliced avocado and ham slices and tell me that isn’t delicious!
Don’t forget that there are also whey protein brands that I will not mention that use egg whites as their main source of protein.
And to answer your question, yes, I am an egghead.
Without further ado:
Green Eggs and Ham.
2 slices whole wheat bread
2 slices ham (can be altered based on diet) turkey, chicken
Disclaimer: Before starting any new diet and exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before beginning. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for the purpose of health or disease and claim to be a doctor or dietitian. The information on this blog is merely the opinion of a laymen individual.