Quads, calves and abs are muscles we spend a lot of time training in preparation for a marathon,
But are you training your gut?
Finding the right fuel for any runner is a process of trial and error. Even the most experienced runners struggle to find what works best for their bodies. For any workout over an hour or a particularly intense run, it’s important to be taking in a few hundred calories for fuel. Without it, you risk feeling tired, fatigued, and even nauseous. With the right Pre, Mid, and Post fuel you can increase your running performance plus work out some of the digestive kinks before race day. Select easily digestible foods, toast with peanut butter, oatmeal, a banana, or an energy bar are all good options. Once you find what works for you, make it part of your daily routine. Consistency is the key.
Here’s what I do.
First, I mix a Vitamin C packet into a half liter of water. Next, I eat my Pre-workout Blueberry Maca Muffin from www.runonveg.com with a little of Justin’s almond butter. I have to buy it in the packets or I eat a jar a day. Then, I eat a Medjool date. They are a sweet, great pre-run food because they’re full of potassium. Not all dates are created equal but Costco usually carries Medjool dates in bulk for $8. Last, is the Redbull (sigh) it’s a little bit of an addiction but at 4:30 am-girl needs some caffeine.
My local grocery store stopped carrying Honeystinger products (not cool Harmons). But the St. George Running Center keeps me fueled. I have tried a lot of products but these work the best for me. All of the flavors are great but Cherry Blossom is my favorite. This one is Grapefruit, but my eyes just saw pink. If I’m running longer than 6 miles I always bring fuel with me. I like the chews and usually eat 2 or 3 every four miles.
WTF-Where’s The FOOD? This is me after every run. I have to bring something in my car to eat right away. Otherwise, I go home and shift into Hungry, Hungry, Hippo mode but instead of eating marbles, I’m eating anything that resembles a carb. Water first, followed by a banana, and then my Running Power Energy muffin.
Yes-this looks like a lot of food-but remember it’s not about calories it’s about fuel and ENERGY. Train your gut with the right fuel and stay consistent. It’s an important part of running our lives-one step at a time.
*What’s your favorite pre, mid, and post fuel?