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Colleen Quigley is cooking – not simply on the monitor, however within the kitchen, too.

The middle-distance runner, steeplechase skilled and Olympian is the present World Record holder within the 4×1500 meters relay, which she set at a 2020 Bowerman Track Club inter-squad meet. Between juggling well-known sponsors (good day, LULULEMON!), smashing operating information, biking, snowboarding and swimming, Quigley prioritizes fueling herself with scrumptious, complete meals.

“I’ve been into cooking and sharing meals with loved ones for just about as long as I can remember,” Quigley says. 

She has created dozens of recipes starting from naturally-sweetened Steeple Squigs Granola to an open-faced sandwich she calls The Sando. The Sando is a ‘lunch version’ of Quigley’s favourite, avocado toast. It boasts of kale, tuna, walnuts and avocado. Plus, she substitutes mayonnaise with greek yogurt as an alternative for an additional punch of protein.

Quigley loves that cooking, in contrast to baking, may be fairly forgiving and permits for experimentation. 

“I usually start with a recipe that looks good and then I tweak it based on what I have handy or what I’m craving, and I end up with something delicious– usually!”

(Photo: Colleen Quigley)

The Rundown: What does Quigley eat in a day?


For breakfast, Quigley usually has oatmeal as a result of it sits effectively in her abdomen and is well digestible. She prefers metal oats for a extra hearty texture, however they do take longer to prepare dinner so if she’s late for coaching or in a rush, quaint oats work too. In her oats, she combines almond milk, a chopped banana, any type of nut, chia seeds or sunflower seeds and Vital Proteins Vital Performance within the chocolate taste.

Sometimes she switches it up although and has avocado toast, or a muffin recipe from her teammate Shalane Flanagan’s cookbook known as Run Fast Eat Slow

Lunch or pre-run

Often individuals assume athlete’s diets are extra centered on vitamins than style, which Quigley confirms may be true. Sometimes she has to gasoline with ‘boring’ or ‘bland’ meals to decrease the chance of abdomen irritation. Her lunch or pre-workout meal consists of rice, rooster and greens.

To make this meal, she cooks equal components brief grain brown rice and water in an Instant Pot for 20 minutes. Her favourite strategy to put together rooster is grilled – she says there’s one thing about it that basically elevates the flavour profile – with Traeger rooster seasoning or salt and pepper. 

For her favourite sauce to high all of it off with, Quigley factors to Nataliecooks curry peanut sauce

When Quigley isn’t consuming earlier than race day or an enormous exercise, she reintroduces all of the garlicky, spicy meals again into her meals. She loves Mexican meals and can gladly eat the garlickiest plate of meals so long as it’s not earlier than a race.


Post-run, Quigley doesn’t get too loopy. In reality, she prefers leftovers.

“I heat up food quickly to get that post-workout nutrition in my body ASAP and start the recovery process,” she says. 


In between meals, Quigley snacks on do-it-yourself date balls. 

“These are quick fuel that I keep in the freezer so they’re always ready to go when I need to grab something as I rush out the door,” she says. “And they’re super portable if I need to pop a couple into a baggie for the road.”


In the winter, Quigley’s weight loss program shifts to hearty, heat, wealthy meals. Training in chilly climate requires extra vitality, which breaks down further glycogen. This means fueling correctly is extra important than ever, particularly if you happen to’re accustomed to figuring out in hotter temperatures.

“I love using a crock pot or Instant Pot so I can throw stuff in there, go to a workout and dinner is hot and ready when I get back,” Quigley says. “I also love roasting veggies in the colder months.”

She switches up her greens, utilizing a mix of brussels sprouts, carrots, squash, beets, broccoli, turnips, candy potatoes and cauliflower. Quigley chops up no matter veggies are in season, drizzles olive oil on high, tosses to coat and sprinkles with salt and pepper. Then she pops them within the oven to roast at 400 levels Fahrenheit till they’re crisped up. 

“Right now, I’m loving Brussels sprouts and cauliflower done that way,” she says. 

It Runs within the Family

Quigley is an ideal instance of how athletic fueling doesn’t need to be boring. She makes use of a wholesome stability of meals and flavors however focuses on complete, unprocessed meals. She attributes these habits to her dad and mom, who made cooking a precedence rising up.

“Both my parents prioritized healthy food that didn’t come out of a box or can,” Quigley says. “Those ideas at all times supported my athletic endeavors very well, permitting me to gasoline my physique for all of the actions I requested of it – from dancing and enjoying soccer to operating and coaching as I received older.

Quigley’s Rapid-Fire Q&A

Coffee order?

“Cappuccino with whole milk. I try not to go out for coffee too much, but if I do it’s usually a local coffee shop over a chain. If I’m traveling, I’ll get a cold brew from Starbucks with a little cream.”

Salty or candy snacks?

“Both! I like popcorn with chocolate. I make my own popcorn with coconut oil in a big pot. After it pops, I just add salt. The chocolate I eat is usually pretty dark (but not too dark!) My favorite is Ritual Chocolate from Park City, Utah.”

Favorite factor to prepare dinner?

“My homemade granola!” (See recipe under)

Is there a recipe you want that runs within the household?

“This a Quigley family classic – it’s called yogurt fettuccine. It’s basically a healthy take on a creamy and satisfying dish. The pasta is a total crowd pleaser. I’ve been making it for my teammates for years!”

Do you may have any ‘strange’ meals cravings or snacks?

“I went through a big savory oats kick for a while there. I was in an oatmeal funk, so I started doing savory oats (sweet potato, chicken stock, roasted chickpeas, etc.) instead of sweet.”

Recipes Mentioned in Article

Savory Oats

Steeple Squigs Granola

Article initially printed on Outside. 

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