Sweaty Stats: Not too much to report on Wednesday’s sweaty status except that I did a few living rooms moves. You know…abs, lunges, pushups, etc. Every little bit helps, right? Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself 🙂
I haven’t talked to much about Rock and Roll Half Marathon that I’m running here in San Diego, except that I’ve gotten some good long runs in these past few weekends. I haven’t done any races in about 2 years, and this time around when it came to training…it was hard! Like, just throw a cupcake in my face and let’s just call it quits, hard!
Fortunately it got better as the time went on and I’m now in a good running place. I’m doing a lil 5 miler today and then resting my limbs before Sunday’s race. One of the things that I really had to get better at this time around was fueling. I tend to get lazy and not bring anything with me, but that’s just plain bad, period. I have always had low blood pressure and low blood sugar, and that’s def not a good combo to have when you get out there and run or do any type of physical activity for an extended period of time.
Are you s super duper fueler?!
So keeping in mind that I am in NO way an expert in the field, a pro athlete, nutritionist, doctor, etc., these are just some of my tips for fueling for long runs that I came across through trial and error…with a lot more error than success 😦 But I think I’ve got it down now!
Fueling for Regular Gym Workouts and Short Runs (under 6 miles)
These workouts are usually no longer than 1 hour, so I don’t worry too much about over-fueling for these because I tend to go after work so I’m not on an empty stomach. My go-to pre-gym foods:
- Small (100 cal) granola bar
- Spoonful of Peanut Butter
If I’m Still Full from Lunch
- Half Banana
- Handful of Fruit – Strawberries, Cherries, etc.
- Couple gulps of Gatorade, Juice, etc.
Fueling for Long Runs:
Since these runs are definitely longer than 1 hour and much more strenuous for me, I have a bit of a routine when it comes to fueling and having a successful run. For these runs, I try to go in the morning as opposed to after work.
- Upon Rising: Water! About 2 glasses.
- 30 minutes Before Run: Whole Wheat Pretzel Sticks with Peanut Butter (with swigs of Gatorade to wash it down).
- Right Before Run: 2 Clif Shot Bloks and more water
- During Run: Water and 1-2 Clif Shot Bloks at mile 9 or 10 depending on how I feel.
This has been working well with me and not upsetting my stomach in the process.
Here’s another take on how to fuel long runs.How do you fuel for long runs/workouts? Are you systematic about it? Or just go with the flow?