Trying to figure out what to eat on the run sometimes seems to be one of the great mysteries of the world. So, I am excited that the topic for today’s Tuesdays on the Run link up is how to fuel your run. Patty, April, and I are looking forward to hearing how others fuel. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s solutions.
Despite having run 13 half marathons in 2013 and 15 half marathons in 2014, I still don’t have it down to a science. I know what works for me *most* of the time, but even my tried and true sometimes fails me. The key thing though, is this is what works for my body. It might not work for you.
I’m super boring. I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before nearly every single long run and race. For me, it’s the perfect combination of fat, carbs, and proteins and it does not upset my stomach. An hour and a half before race time seems to the optimal time for me to eat it, but at one race I took the last bite 5 minutes before the start and I was fine. Earlier than an hour and a half = major hunger around mile 8 or 9. (I also have to have coffee, but that’s not really a race related need so much as an addiction…)
Often, my answer to this is “nothing”. I have run many of my half marathons with nothing but nuun. I do well with Gu and Clif gels, but I seem to lose my interest in eating when I’m running. I’ve also had great success with foods such as oreos, animal crackers, and cut up Clif bars. If it’s hot out, Gatorade is where it’s at for me. The calories + electrolytes will keep me going during a hot humid race like little else seems to do. For long training runs, I don’t eat. No real reason – I just have gotten in the habit of not eating.
I am a huge fan of both regular chocolate milk and Muscle Milk. We always have milk in the house and I’m one of the weird ones who find a really cold glass of chocolate milk refreshing. I usually can’t eat right after a long run or race, so this gets some protein and calories into me, while also adding to my hydration. I have similar results with Muscle Milk and I love it because I can take it along with me without refrigerating it. I usually manage one of the two right away and then I try to get in an actual meal within an hour or so. I’ve shared my addiction to Subway sandwiches after half marathons. That, plus a coke (which I never drink otherwise) are my favorite thing after a half marathon. And, of course, beer will happen at some point!
And to help you find *your* perfect fueling and hydration options, I’m giving away a sample pack of Clif Shot Performance drinks. Enter below!
Disclaimer: Clif Bar is providing the sample pack for the winner. I have not received or tried a pack myself.