From Trials to Trails: A Q&A with Alicia Shay - Page 2
What has motivated through illness and injury?
After Ryan passed away, my whole world fell apart. I wasn't sure where to turn. From the beginning I felt very strongly that I should continue running. However, I felt completely broken and destroyed. I didn't know how to make it through the next minute let alone the next day, week, month or year. It was during this time that all I could do was ask God for help and strength. Eventually I found myself not just surviving each day, but also actually having hope and peace about the future.
I was also surrounded by friends and family to encourage and support me. The final thing that kept me motivated was that I just really love running and believed that it would be worth all the effort and frustration to be able to compete again. I feel like something is missing from my life when I can't escape into the trails and run until I am satisfied. So every time I hit what seemed to be a dead end, something inside of me just kept fighting back and urging me to keep trying and keep pushing.
Walk us through a typical day for you, nutritionally.
I eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, wild game, eggs, a variety of grains and starches and healthy fats. I have celiac disease so I avoid all grains and packaged products that contain gluten. This has led me to making a lot of my own baked goods and breads using a variety of different grains (teff, quinoa, millet, sorghum, oat, buckwheat, etc.) rather than just relying on wheat for carbohydrates.
A typical day:
Breakfast: gluten-free oatmeal with chia seeds or almond butter, brown-rice protein powder, berries and coffee with almond milk
Post-run snack: a smoothie or bar and apple or gluten-free muffin with almond butter
Lunch: omelet with vegetables and gluten-free toast or potatoes/sweet potatoes OR a wrap with vegetables, meat and hummus or guacamole
Afternoon snack: homemade gluten-free scone or muffin with some sort of nut butter and a piece of fruit
Dinner: a salad with a variety of cooked and/or raw vegetables, red meat (buffalo, elk or venison), some sort of carbohydrate (sweet potato fries, quinoa, rice, winter squash, lentils or beans, etc.) and some sort of healthy fats (avocado, hummus, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.) and some chocolate for dessert.
Evening snack: pancakes or gluten-free cereal or popcorn or homemade cobbler.
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