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Fuel Your Next Run

How to fuel your next run?

As runners we all have days when the energy is not there. We have a run to complete and we have very low energy to start. When I was training for my last marathon there was long run I was not feeling it.

Green smoothies is the answer:

I came across this article by Corey Hill over at and he ask Jen Hansard of simple green smoothies about green smoothies before a run. Jen Hansard is a ultra-marathon  runner and green smoothies expert. She say by fueling her body properly before a run help her to run well. The protein bars can make you sluggish and give you short energy. As runners we want long lasting energy.

Drink A Green Smoothie Before your next run:

Green Smoothies are packed with nutrients that well help to fuel your run. This will help you not feel sluggish  before your run.  The water in the green smoothies help with the hydration the potassium help with the muscles cramping. Healthy fats keep your energy reserve tank filled up and the fiber slow down the craving for sugar.

Greens and Fruit converts to energy:

The best source for your body as a runner are greens and fruit not only are they packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, that help to fight against inflammation in the body but gives us great energy. This is natural energy not some made up energy in a lab.  Also coconut oil can help you stay energized longer to doing a run.

Fit fuel Green smoothie:

By Jen Hansard –

1 cup fresh spinach

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut water

1/2 cup water

1/2 Cup frozen chopped pineapples

1/2 cup frozen sliced preaches

1/2 banana

1 tablespoon room temp coconut oil

Your next challenge is to go out a shop with the ingredients and buy a cheap blender and  practice this for a week before your runs. Let me know how your energy level felt doing the run.


Marcus BQ on green smoothies

“How the green smoothie experiment help me to BQ”

I started running marathons because my boss told me Marcus I bet you can’t.  I have been a runner since my cross country/track days in high school and was a volunteer cross country coach for my old high school in Louisville,Ky. My boss knew I was fit from doing P90X and running.  He woud sometimes ask me about fitness/ running. I always tell people it’s the best way to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life.

We always would debate on how good was my Chicago Bears ( back in the day) He could not stand the bear’s being a Tampa Bay bucks fan. How my Kentucky wildcats was American team. This was doing the time Florida won two back to back championship  in college basketball. I hate hearing this everyday believe me!

Oneday the subject came up at work about how long is a marathon and I knew it was 26.2 miles. He say you think you can run this many miles? I say I don’t know! I bet you can’t run a marathon Marcus. I say this is not my type of running these people are crazy! We kept on talking and he may a deal with me if I run a marathon then I could have a saturday off. Now working in a busy restaurant it was very hard to get a saturday off. I could not tell you when the last time I was off on a saturday.

I say OK Parker!  I’m going to run a full Marathon and prove you wrong. The derby festival marathon was in April and this was late fall. I did not know how to train for a marathon and was a rookie when it came to this. My training was like a 5k program with my longest run only 13 miles. The first marathon was bad I almost pass out and had to walk many times. My finish time was 4hrs 5min. I was happy to finish the race and told myself never again this is dumb. Why do people do this?

When my emotion had clam down and people at work started to treat me like a celebrity by saying Marcus just run a marathon. Girls at my job say this is awesome Marcus. I share my race with my facebook friends and they all gave me high praise.  I was started to like this red carpet treatment.

I am competitive and somebody told me you have to qualify for Boston. I was like wow! that’s cool you can’t just sign up and run.  I went to the boston marathon website and find out more information about the BQ. (boston qualifying ) for my age group.  Males 30-34 3hrs 5min 0sec. I say to myself I can do this! The guy who just finish a marahton in 4hrs thought he could BQ. Many years of coming up short and feeling disappointed.

This is my story of faith, patience, perseverance, hard work to inspire you to take actions and make your health your wealth!