The Weekly Quest – Grocery Shopping for a Runner

This post is inspired by my husband and a comment he made last week.  Since I haven’t yet formally introduced you to this awesome man, I’ll give you a little bit about him before I get on with the idea of this post.  I call him J; his name is Jason.  He pretty much rocks my world, though I don’t tell him that nearly enough.    We got married August 10, 2009 in Jamaica.  This man loves scuba diving, paintball, reading, politics, wrestle mania, good beer, and most importantly, ME! 

J and I J and I 2

Isn’t he adorable??  I sure think so.  Okay, on with my post –

He mentioned that he should write a blog about grocery shopping for the runner.  It was said in fun, but there was definitely something to his comment.  He does our grocery shopping every week, which is no easy task.  I make it quite difficult for him.  So, I am going to start off by saying THANK YOU to him!!!  Since I work much of the weekends, the fact that he gets the grocery shopping done takes a huge amount off my plate.  When I get home from work I can just get started on my weekly meal prep work. 

So what exactly does our “process” look like?  It starts out on Friday, when I set down and plan out my meals for the next week.  My family doesn’t generally eat the same meals as I do, so my husband does most of the meal planning for the week for him and the kids.  After I’ve planned out my meals I start listing out the items that need to be restocked or picked up to make them happen.  Then comes the transfer.  I sit down the hubby and provide him the details of how much of each item or any particulars he needs to know.  I get down to the nitty gritty of so many pears, or x cups of walnuts, etc.  All of this is the easy part! 

menu planning

On Saturday he sets out, list in hard, on his weekly quest to locate all of the odd things I’ve placed on my list.  This list is comprised of foods that are believed to help me recover faster from my long runs and keep me energized, while staying mostly plant-based.  In a effort to stay budget friendly, my hubby has become quite good at knowing the prices of items at various stores.  He knows where he can get my stuff the cheapest.  Unfortunately, this knowledge does come with a ‘price’.  Also, some items are not available at the general grocery store.  Each week he visits at least 4 stores to make his running wife happy.  Is that love or what??

Here’s what a typical week looks like:

Costco – frozen strawberries, frozen wild blueberries, almond butter, canned fire roasted tomatoes, canned chickpeas, celery, spinach, pears, spring mix lettuce, baby carrots, frozen salmon, medjool dates, bulk almonds

Trader Joes – coconut water, sweet potatoes, chia seeds, bananas, walnuts, cashews, pecans, real maple syrup

Whole Foods – tahini, tart cherry juice, tilapia, kale, hemp hearts

HyVee – bulk bin items such as quinoa, lentils, pumpkin seeds and coconut shreds, green apples, avocados, green beans, Mary’s Gone Crackers, nutritional yeast, zucchini, lemons

This list might vary a little each week based on the meals I plan, but you get the idea. There’s also a trip to Walmart for the toiletry, cleaning and other general food items for the rest of the family. 

Recent adventures he’s been on the hunt for miso and blackstrap molasses.  We’d never had miso before so we had no idea what it looked like or where to find it.  After doing a little research, we knew more about it and he set out to locate it.  It was an ingredient for a stir-fry type dish we were trying.  After 6 stores (not necessarily listed above), he finally found it!  He was also educated by the family owners about the various types of miso.  I will admit, it had a good flavor, and we will definitely be using it again in our stir fry, especially since he knows where to find it now!  The week before he was searching for tart cherry juice.  I of course wanted one with no extra added ingredients, only to be found at one select store!

Do you menu plan?  What does the process look like in your house?  Do you prepare separate meals based on dietary needs or preferences?  I’d love to hear of ways to make this process smoother/easier!

4 thoughts on “The Weekly Quest – Grocery Shopping for a Runner

  1. Wow! He really does love you. That is very impressive! I was actually on a hunt for miso last week for a salmon dish. I ended up finding it at Whole Foods. It was really great!

    • Haha! Thanks! My kids even take part in the meal planning. We have weeks of meals that we rotate through and that helps.

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