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July 5, 2009

Fuel for thought

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — marathonmaiden @ 21:50

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.



  1. Hi! I know what you mean about liking to run on an empty stomach; I don’t beforehand, either. I do drink a glass of water or gatorade to prevent dehydration, especially important in the summer months. Congrats on your 4th overall win!

    Comment by LARunner — July 6, 2009 @ 08:23

  2. The only time I run is before breakfast, unless it is a long run, I eat a banana. I feel best this way.

    Comment by Matt — July 6, 2009 @ 12:22

  3. I don’t eat anything before my early runs either. It’s too annoying to eat and digest that early.

    Comment by runjess — July 6, 2009 @ 17:32

  4. Its always fun and interesting to see how different runners do things 🙂 I just have to eat something usually or I am dragging! I am all about english muffins with PB before long runs! I always eat a bowl of Joes O’s when I get home from morning runs yummm

    Comment by aron — July 7, 2009 @ 16:40

  5. […] MM eats” type of thing.  I’ve done some stuff with that but more in regards to pre, during and post – run stuff.  I’d be happy to try and put together something though about […]

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  6. […] I feel bad but it’s my blog.  If you’re interested in fueling you can check out my pre, during, and post-run posts I’ve done in the […]

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