So before I get into the topic I want to write about, thanks for the congrats on my race guys. My body is sore though and after one too many vodka and cranberry-sierra mists (soooo good btw) a normal and rationale person would have slept as late as possible. My internal alarm clock, however, had different ideas. So I got in about 6 already before work, in cool and crisp weather; so worth the early wake up!
AND just to brag some more: the postings of the race yesterday are up and I was 2nd in my age group and 4th female overall, not too shabby!
Now I’ve been shying away from writing a food post because I don’t know how I feel about them when I read ’em. I mean, unless it’s a spectacular recipe or something, I’m not that much of a fan reading about what someone ate for every single meal (which by the way, is not what the blogs I read and comment on do! I ❤ reading “my” blogs otherwise I wouldn’t read them!)
So rather than tell you what I love to eat or anything like that, I figured I’d copy Aron and share how I fuel myself in preparation for my running, and depending on how much I write a little post- and during- running as well (if not, well it’s always a great post for another day!)
I typically only really run at two times: 6am or 11am. Or, as I tend to think of my runs pre-breakfast and pre-lunch, as an 8am run is fueled the same way as a 6amer. So that’s how I’m going to organize this post. And I tend to time my runs to finish at a meal so that I can really enjoy a hearty meal when my muscles need it the most.
6am (or pre-breakfast):
I run at 6 am M-F during the semester and days when I’m working all day.
If I’m running in the early morning, I don’t eat anything which isn’t great, especially since I do tempo runs during the week. I haven’t really found that my no food thing to be detrimental to my running; my runs have always been (on the whole) very good. I guess I could always experiment with some small foods or liquids but I don’t like running with the feeling of food in my stomach (same goes with sleep). In my lack of eating pre-run defense I try to eat something carb-y the night before to have something in the tank, my favorite is oatmeal (instant, ftw!) with some added dried fruit or blueberries. Yummy!
11am (or pre-lunch):
On the weekends during the semester and whenever my schedule allows I run at 11ish. It’s my favorite time because I get to eat a full breakfast beforehand eat around 8 ,maybe 830 if I’ve “slept” in. This way I get about 3 hours of digestion going. I suppose these runs are easier and more enjoyable but I’m not sure if that’s related to actually having food in my system or the increase in sleep I get. My go-to breakfast is a bowl of cheerios and an english muffin with pb. I also cut up a banana and put about half on each. (fyi: if I could I would eat this every single morning and about 90% of mornings I do!) Great way to start the day and fuel some good runs!
I’m not a coffee drinker (love the smell, hate the taste) so I don’t have any before a run like so many runners I know do. You’ll also note that I don’t do any PM running. I’ve done running in the afternoon in the past and, while I run my fastest and most fluid, I don’t like it. I’d rather get up at 4am and run than wait to run at 4 or 5 pm.
Well I think that gives y’all a decent look into my pre-run fueling. If I’ve missed something or you want to know more, let me know! I’ll also be posting (hopefully sometime soon!) my post-run eats as well as during-run eats (only really long stuff, so it might be a short *cough*foronce*cough* post) if you guys are interested.