Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post as part of my role as an ambassador for Burnbrae Farms. All opinions are my own!
It’s officially 4 weeks to the Scotiabank Half Marathon in Toronto and to say I’m getting nervous is putting it lightly. As you know, I’m in the midst of recovering from an injury that pretty much ruined my winter base training and had me starting over with less than 3 months out of the race. 3 months is not a lot of time to train for a half marathon.
Nervous, my coach and I had a chat about how this race will only be a practice run so going in, I’m not feeling as pressured (from myself) to gun for a PR. She gave me some pointers and one big take away from it was that I’m to be careful with what I eat leading up to the race. I’m already behind on my training so I understand why now’s the time for me to cut out all the junk I enjoy eating (goodbye chips!). Anything to make the race slightly easier.
So I’ve been trying to get eggs in as much as I could. In my last post about Burnbrae, I mentioned how I’ve been working on not skipping breakfast and how great I’ve been feeling. I’m still working on that and it really has made a difference. Recently, I’ve been adding eggs to other meals too – just to punch it up a bit.
Little things like adding a boiled egg to my quinoa at lunch or dinner makes a difference! Eggs from Burnbrae Farms has an edge as it provides a minimum of 20% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 polyunsaturates. (Don’t worry, the process of increased omega-3 in the eggs are done naturally by increasing omega-3 in the hen’s diet)
Studies show that we don’t always get enough omega-3 in our diets (it’s not produced naturally in our bodies). It’s very important to make sure you ingest enough omega-3 as according the University of Maryland Medical Centre, “research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.”
In addition, as a runner, it’s very important for me to make sure I get my omega-3 in as “some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help increase levels of calcium in the body and improve bone strength.” If I have one egg from Burnbrae farms for breakfast (20%) and another for lunch or dinner (another 20%) that’s 40% of my recommended daily intake!
I’ve really been putting in the effort on making sure my nutrition is top priority as it plays such a large role in training. Hopefully, I’ll continue to keep up my efforts and STWM goes smoothly. Luckily with the help of Burnbrae Farms, I’m able to fuel for my training without worrying about looking for ways to get my omega-3 in.
How do you get your omega-3 in? How carefully do you plan your nutrition around your training?