With only a few more days to go until the world’s largest fun run we caught up with Amy Darcy to talk motherhood, her go to snacks and her top training tips!
Amy, you’re a mother, lawyer, blogger, studying to be a personal trainer and running an inspiring Instagram account - do you have any advice on how to make time for yourself with such a busy schedule?
Understand the value of making time for yourself and the benefits you get from training. What I mean is, know WHY you train. For example, it might be: improved physical health and fitness, mental clarity, the increased endorphins, emotional wellbeing, the relaxation you get afterwards, or the better interactions you have with others as a result of being more relaxed and happy. I’ve written before about potential motivators for fitness and why it’s important to be focused on more than just weight loss. For me, I find training helps clear my mind and acts like a reset button on my often stressed brain. Once you know your ‘why’ it’s much easier to choose to prioritise your health and fitness. With persistence, this can also help you to create lifelong healthy habits, as well as encouraging those around you to live well and reach their full potential.
After you have gone for a run or trained at the gym, what is your go to snack?
I look for something high in protein to help repair my muscles and carbohydrates to replenish my energy stores. At the moment, I really love my banana and hemp protein smoothies. See my recipe below:
Banana and Hemp Protein Smoothie
1 cup of macro almond milk
1 tbs macro hemp protein powder
1 frozen macro organic banana
2 tsp of chia seeds
Add all the ingredients in a blender and whiz together until smooth.
The macro products are only available at Woolworths.
How do you decide what foods you will use to nourish your own body and your little boy, Finn’s?
I aim for us to eat a diverse, balanced and highly plant based diet (although we are not complete vegetarians). We like to eat eat fresh veggies, fruits, legumes, fish, occasional meat, nuts, seeds and whole grains. We opt for natural foods rather than foods that are refined and high in sugar, fat and salt.
We will enjoy treats a couple of times a week. If we’re at home the treat will be one of my healthy desserts like this Macro Banana Flour Apple Crumble. If we’re out and about I’ll make some Macro Banana Flour Brownies to take with us, or if someone else is providing a more refined treat we will enjoy those too. I think when it comes to sweets, choose to make (and bring) healthier options where you can, but don’t restrict yourself if you REALLY want it because this can lead to unhelpful eating patterns, like super healthy eating most of the time, then binging on all the junk food you can get your hands on (trust me, I was there about 5 years ago!). I’m all about an 80/20 style diet so you can eat well and sustain it long term.
What’s one piece of advice that you would want Finn to live by?
Love God, others and yourself – be confident, but always humble.
What do you love about participating in City2Surf?
The last 6 years we’ve lived interstate so I am glad to finally be able to run this iconic race. I’ve done other Fairfax events in the past (like the half marathon in Canberra at The Australian Running Festival) and the atmosphere is so motivating! The music, the cheering of the crowds, the energy and excitement of the runners – I love it all!
I am looking forward to running such a beautiful course around my home city, one I wouldn’t run otherwise. This year, the race is particularly special for my husband and I, as just last week Reis returned from 6.5 months in the Middle East on an army deployment. Needless to say, he is very sick of the brown desert landscape so I thought doing this run together would be a fun way to welcome him home.
Can you please share your training tips for those who are looking to participate in City2Surf with only a week to go?
Mindset is so important. Your body is capable of more than you think! So when you’re training and it gets hard, practice getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. You can do this by speaking positively to yourself about it. Notice the negative thoughts you have when you’re running and the ones that really slow you down or make you want to stop. Even if you can’t combat them on your training run, take them home and strategise what you’re going to tell yourself next time that thought comes up. A good running playlist can also help distract yourself from negative thoughts.
Be mindful of your diet. Here’s my my nutrition tips for an optimal result at City2Surf:
Don’t limit carbs – you need good carb stores in your muscles.
You also need to be well hydrated, aim for around 3 litres per day, depending on your size and activity levels.
Cut out the refined foods and instead look to include nutrient dense foods like those from macro (find them at Woolworths). Use these wholefoods to create a balanced plate at meal times (half vegetables, 1/4 carbs, 1/4 protein - 1/3 for athletes) or to give yourself healthy snack options.
Avoid portion sizes that are larger than necessary to avoid sluggish digestion.
See a sports dietitian ASAP for a personalised plan if you really want to make sure you’re optimising your performance on race day.
What are your goals for this year’s City2Surf?
City2Surf is all about having fun, enjoying the scenery and doing something new in a beautiful place with my husband, Reis. Reis and I are going to run together so we will be as slow as the slowest of the two (it’s been a long time since we’ve trained together so it will be interesting to see who’s quicker this year!).
This is your last chance to be a part of the world’s largest fun run for 2018. Entries close Saturday, August 11 at 5pm. ENTER NOW!
About macro ambassador, Amy Darcy from the healthy lifestyle blog, Eat Pray Workout
Amy Darcy is a Mum, army wife, lawyer and editor of the Australian healthy lifestyle Blog, Eat Pray Workout. Eat Pray Workout is a place for women aged 25-45 to be empowered with the resources, ideas and knowledge they need to live a healthy and happy life. Each week Amy shares healthy recipes and articles on wellbeing , lifestyle and fitness. You can connect with Amy on Instagram, Facebook or become part of her email community and join her fortnightly newsletter here.