Pre-long run nutrition

I have a heavy heart thinking about the families and innocent lives lost on Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. My heart hurts, my faith shaken. I wish not to turn this blog into a political platform; I only want to speak my heartfelt sorrow about the unspeakable event. 

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My long run on Sunday was the “back down” weekend. Next week we hop up to 14, but yesterday we had a low key 10ish miler on our plate.

I woke up quite hungry, and even though I knew we were only going for some 90 minutes, I really wanted to eat a normal sized breakfast. So I had a full bagel with peanut butter, tied my laces, and hit the trails less than 15 minutes after eating because I was impatient. Obviously, I experienced some side stitches/cramps for quite a bit of the run. I should have waited longer to run.

It just got me thinking: what typically works best for my pre-long run nutrition?

If I’m running for anything longer than an hour, I:

  • Wake up and eat/drink water >1 hr prior
  • Eat a light meal and drink a tall glass of water. For example, 1 slice of toast with PB – or – a small serving of oatmeal
  • Sometimes, a cup of coffee
  • Note: if I’m racing, I’ll stop eating/drinking 2 hrs before go-time (to insure decent digestion, and so I don’t have to use the bathroom 10 minutes in)

The long run was peaceful, calming; they always seem to do that;  clear my mind and ease my soul. Fresh air in my lungs, running alongside my family. We brought Cabo along for the first 2 miles. She’s such a great little running partner. She loves running.
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We dropped her off at home, then finished the rest of the 8.5 miles on our own. On these trails:
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We cruised west, towards the Flatirons, climbing upupup until we needed to turn around.
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950ft of elevation gain over 10.5 miles.

The downhill part is always refreshing for me. I like to open my stride and pick up the pace. It feels nice to run fast and hard. That’s why I love downhill running so much.

How do you fuel before a long run?

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