Long Run Fuel

Over the years, I have experimented with eating a lot of different things before a long run.

Usually, I can make it through anything 10 miles or less without really worrying about what to eat beforehand, but I like to plan it out if I’m gonna be longer than an hour or so.

First of all, I think it’s important to note that in training, you should limit the amount of mid-run fuel for any workout under around 2 hours. I say this because I believe it will actually not help your performance when it comes time to race.
The way I see it – you don’t want your body to always rely on a constant external energy source. There is a lot to be said for letting your glycogen stores deplete completely. You want to train your body to be used to running on empty, because I think this will ultimately force your body to burn fat more efficiently and in turn increase your running economy (think about how much more fat stores you have compared to glycogen). Then on race day, you can eat something half-way through and have a better response.

That being said, I like to test the waters a couple times during a 20 miler or something to figure out what will have the best effect when it comes time for competition.

My favorite mid-race fuel? Honey packets. I used to be a big advocate of GU, but I prefer my sugar to come from a more natural source these days.

As for before hand.. A couple hours before a race or a long hard workout, sweet potatoes all the way. with almond butter and cinnamon on top – YUM. sometimes i even throw some honey on in there if I’m feelin’ real naughty.
Then When I’m about to walk out the door, Dates are my go-to. I like to take a few dates, fold some almonds in there and swish it around with water. It almost tastes like a larabar or something and I can immediately feel the energy boost.

I’d love to know what works for other people because i’m all about experimenting:)

Carob Chip Cookies!

Okay, so I’m the definition of a sloth today.
It’s summertime in Florida aka 95 degrees outside. Ask me if there’s anything I want to do less than run.
I’m baking instead.
…I don’t believe in recipes. I’d rather expiriment and just do what I think will taste the best. I find good recipes, then I throw stuff in and leave stuff out accordingly.
That’s probably why my roommates usually refuse to try anything I make. Their loss, cause these cookies are awesome.

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I bought carob chips at Whole Foods the other day and have been trying to figure out something to make with them. This was a good choice.
So here’s what’s in them:
Coconut flour
Fat free greek yogurt
Almond Milk
Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of baking powder
Sweetener
Carob chips

I mixed equal parts of the flour and yogurt (probz about 2 tablespoons) with all the other ingredients except for the almond milk. Then i poured the milk in one splash at a time until the dough got to the consistency I wanted, and that was it.
Set the oven to 350, spooned it out into balls on a cookie sheet and I was good to go. Left it in for like 10 minutes or something. til the edges were brown.

There are a couple reasons I hate recipes. One – I feel like they are so limiting. What if I wanted to throw some pecans in there too? or some banana and cinnamon? I’m not going to try and stop someone from making variations with what they like.
The other reason is that I’m just too damn lazy to measure stuff out. and then clean the dishes that accumulate from it. You know what I had to wash after this production? a bowl, a spoon, and a cookie sheet. That’s my kind of baking.

Also…I ate all of these. at one time. Oops.

I’m officially a blogger!

Okay. First post. I’m new to the whole blogging thing but hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon. I figure blogging is a good indicator of success in people. Or something.

I think the hardest part about making one is convincing myself that there are people out there who could actually care what I have to say, but whatever. Here goes.

I was boring my roommates yesterday about an article that I read on the Boston Marathon website announcing that they were going to be giving invitations to all the people who did not get to finish the race this year when one of them interrupted me (RUDE) with:

“Are you ever going to get sick of it?”

“..What?”

“Running. When you’re not running, you’re talking about it. Don’t you think you’re gonna just be over it one day?”

I feel bad for people who haven’t figured out what they are passionate about yet. I don’t want to be dramatic but running is the reason I get up in the morning. My mom told me once that a lack of passion is what gets people into trouble.

So it’s great i’ve figured out what I love to do, what my life revolves around. I guess that’s the first step to deciding what to do with your life, right?

I’ve got two months until I graduate with a degree in Sport Exercise Science. Two. Months. Ask me if I had any idea college was going to go by that fast. What comes next? Grad School? Everyone says to just keep going to school if you don’t know what to do with yourself. I guess that’s good advice… stay busy. Sounds pretty awful. I am ready to start a life and be a real person with a career. The problem is, all I really want to do is run and read articles about nutrition and integrative medicine (Thanks Robb Wolf and Chris Kresser, you are to blame for my Paleo obsession). How does that translate into a big girl job?

I’m just going to have to become famous for my unique writing style and incredible blogging skills.