This is a new link-up. Kim and Zenaida took over the weekly link-up spot that was previously taken by the “Tuesdays on the Run”-link up, which ended in December. I am happy to see someone took up the torch.
Today we’re talking about how we fuel for a run.
I have to admit, most of my runs are run on an (almost) empty stomach. I usually have a glass of water before I work out in the morning and sometimes a string cheese. My main fuel comes post-run.
However, I always fuel before a race (or runs that are longer than 8 miles). I figure that it gives me an extra boost of energy to conquer the distance, but I don’t get very fancy. I usually have steel cut oatmeal before a race, sometimes it’s just a protein bar or a banana.
I am still very much a newbie to fueling during a run and I have been experimenting with different things: Honey Stinger waffles, ProBar Chews, and simple things like pretzels or gummy bears. I didn’t want to believe it, but it actually works and gives you a boost right away. I know lots of people swear by the gels, but I am just not a fan of the texture.
Post-run, I immediately re-hydrate with electrolyte and magnesium tablets. I also try to eat something within 30-45 minutes. On the weekends, I make scrambled eggs + veggies with toast, or pancakes or steel cut oats with fruit. During the week, when I have less time (or commute from the gym to work right away), I either have overnight oats ready to be heated at the office or sometimes I just reach for a Greek yogurt or a Perfect Bar to get in some protein.
What is your easy, go-to fuel for your run? I am always open for new ideas!