Yesterday I got in a semi-wonderful 12 miles! It wasn’t as “emergency-filled” as last Sunday’s long run… but I still had some stomach issues! I tried the clif bar on the run, and it definitely did better than the gel last week. But… ya. Still not great.
I am thinking that I need to change my morning breakfast. I am pretty certain that is where my stomach issues are coming from (not so much what I am fueling with during the run).
I never have trouble with evening runs. So I think instead of eating a big breakfast, waiting 2 hours, then running… I am going to try running on a much more empty stomach. I think this is why my evening runs are no problem– I have about 5 hours to digest my big lunch and my stomach is more “empty”.
Having read so many of your awesome blogs and talking with other runners, many seem to run in the morning on an empty stomach. In fact, I was surprise at how man of you do not have more than maybe a few bites of a granola bar before hitting the road.
I usually have 3-4 apples, 2-3 bowls of Kashi cereal with Almond Milk, handful of animal crackers dipped in peanut-butter, handful of grapes, lots of coffee, lots of water.
Runners World has broken it down for us runners to see just how much we need to fuel before a run ((of course, every runner is unique and what may work for you may not work for me)) READ THE ARTICLE HERE!!
For under 60 mins, they said empty stomachs are just fine!
For 60-90 mins, they suggest having a little something something.
**That something something is DEFINITELY less than what I have been eating.
I want to try this, but I have the disadvantage of being such an early riser that I would have to really exercise some self control in not eating a big breakfast out of boredom and habit ((This is one of the main things my nutritionist, therapist, and doctors are working with me on-a “normal” breakfast)).
I cannot and will not run alone in the dark for safety reasons, so I have to wait until 6:30 or 7 am. I get up sometimes at 4:30– that is a long time to wait!!
But, I think this is a great time to experiment how my body reacts to less breakfast. And who knows… this also may be a great way to work on “normalizing” my meal by forcing myself to relax and not be as quick and obsessive in my large-breakfast/morning-routine.
Who knows… something to look into, right?!
Have a great start of your week guys!!
What do you eat before your runs? How MUCH do you eat?
Do you like baseball?! ((watching a baseball movie and can’t decide my thoughts on it!))