I have adjusted my training schedule to accommodate other commitments over the past week which resulted in 7 days of running without a rest/cross-training day. My legs definitely noticed.
I’m a huge advocate of activity. I believe that we should appreciate the opportunities we have to move (take the stairs, stroll the boardwalk, carry groceries). By asking our bodies to do these tasks on a regular basis we encourage longevity. After reading John Robbins Healthy at 100
it was obvious to me that we need to push ourselves to be active as much as possible if we want to have the option down the road. But exercise can also stress and strain our systems. Sleep and rest are an integral part of a well-balanced life. If I listen, my body is very clear about when more attention to rest is required. Today is one of those days.
In addition to sleep there are other things we can do to increase our bodies rate of recovery. Limiting nutritional stress by consuming a healthy, vegan diet certainly helps. Including a daily dose (1 tsp) of Macain your can also support your adrenal glands and hormonal balance. This is a suggestion made by Brendan Brazier and I have decided to give it a try during my training for this race.
Maca is a root vegetable cultivated in Peru. Studies
have shown that it is an adaptogen. It promotes the regeneration of muscle tissue, eliminates sugar cravings (by curtailing the impact of stress) and helps you to stick with your training regime.
You can add maca to your diet in a number of ways
. I find it easiest to just add a tsp to a flavourful, green smoothie such as this one:
Tonight I consumed a green smoothie at the TVA meeting. It contained:
1 tsp maca
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 ambrosia apple (cored)
half a bunch of parsley
and enough water to get things moving in my blender.
Now I just need to get away from my computer and crawl into bed to realize the rest portion of this recovery equation.
Do any of you consume maca? Are there other superfoods you have integrated into your diet?
Walk: 2 hours (leisurely)
Fun: Spending time with friends discussing future ventures for spreading veganism in Toronto!