Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Fuel to get you going...
I am so out of it this week! I just realized it's Wednesday while my head thinks it's Tuesday, but I'm kind of worn out like it's Thursday! I told you...completely out of it!

The kids had Monday off of school for Columbus day so that's part of the mental confusion. Tony's in serious preparation for upcoming conventions, which means me focusing on getting him squared away with clothes and food for the trips. I had client appointments changed due to their crazy schedules and a little bit of mine too. Oh and I'm trying to get in my runs this week along with some smart cross training so I'm ready for my 5k this weekend! Hello crazy town!

I have been cooking a little lately, but I've not had much time to type up recipes! I'm sure things will settle down a bit soon, but this week is probably not the week for it.

So, I've been working on some fuel options for running lately. Due to a crazy schedule, I run at different times of the day (mostly morning, but a little later in the morning). My race is at 9:45am on Saturday and I'm trying to consider the best thing before hand. I have to drive about 40 minutes to the location so I need fuel to wake me up and get me going! I've played around with this a bit lately, but I'm curious to know what other runners do. I realize that 5k isn't a long distance, but I still think you need to fuel properly for it before and after. So, my contenders for that day are...

flatbread with egg whites and nutritional yeast

oatmeal with roasted butternut squash (or some sort of fruit maybe banana)

pancakes with peanut butter and jam

I know some of you have a ritual that works for you. Tell me, what do you eat before you run.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:16 AM  
  • At October 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    It sort of depends on the distance. If I'm not running too far, I won't eat, but if I think I need fuel or I'm doing a race, I'll usually eat bread with peanut butter.

  • At October 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    Also, before a race, I really try NOT to drink coffee. On a regular day, it doesn't seem to affect me as much but on race day, it always has me running for the port-o-potty. (TMI?)

  • At October 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    That oatmeal with roasted butternut squash sounds amazing! I can almost taste it... mmmm...

    I was never able to eat much before I ran - maybe half a banana or a little PB if I was really hungry.

  • At October 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    I like banana, PB and a sandwich thin before a race - about 45 mins before. Or just banana with PB works too. It seems to not set too hard on my tummy. And it's crazy because it just varies for everyone.

  • At October 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I am a die hard peanut butter toast fan. If I don't have exactly that (or a bagel with pb on it) before a race, I start to freak out. The plans are to get a long run in on Saturday morning. Assumably, that is what I'll be having. ;)

    I hope things quiet down for you soon, my friend!

  • At October 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't run, but now I totally want to just so I have an excuse to fuel with those recipes ;D Okay, yeah, might have to try 'em out anyway. I'm obsessed with all squash right now--love the idea to add oatmeal to it! With some maple syrup or honey on top? OH YES.

  • At October 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM, Blogger Kristina @ spabettie said…

    totally going with the banana pb like everyone else... the longest race I've run is 18k, even then I didn't eat a lot prior, a banana + pb works for me.

    then of course I eat ALL the food immediately after... ;)

  • At October 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    how do those pancakes look so perfect?!

  • At October 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM, Anonymous Paige @ your trainer paige said…

    3 miles or less - nada, just coffee or BCAA's. More than 3 miles, banana and a slice of toast.

    PS - I gave you a shout out in my rambly vlog today for all your delicious GF cooking - like everything above!!

  • At October 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Ooooh, those pancakes are so thick! I haven't run for a while, but when I was into it, I always had a half piece of peanut butter toast with a few banana slices on top. Pre-run breakfast of champions. :-)

  • At October 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    i am so with you! i thought it was tuesday too! LOL.

    I do GF toast with pb and banana and cinnamon before run. easy to digest for me. one piece was good, light enough.

  • At October 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I always eat an english muffin with Smuckers Natural PB. It's my fav!

    p.s. Those pancakes look so delicious - fluffy and perfect!!

  • At October 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM, Anonymous Jess said…

    If I eat before a race (depending on distance, I can't eat anything if its a shorter race and only force myself before a long run because I need the energy...I have a very sensitive tummy when it comes to running) - these are my go-to's: a bagel thin with pb and banana, a banana and pb, and english muffin with pb and banana, sense a theme here?? ha! I have tried eating eggs or yogurt and NEITHER work for me, the dairy and eggs wreak HAVOC on my tummy if I eat that before a run of any distance. Man. LOL

    Good luck this weekend!!

  • At October 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM, Anonymous Cait said…

    Good luck!!

    I do a Kashi waffle w. peanut butter and strawberries (if you like them, I'd do banana, it's better but I don't like it) :)

  • At October 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM, Anonymous purelytwins said…

    when we ran we would eat things that had dates and coconut oil in it. any of those options you mentioned would be great :)
    though we never could eat a whole lot before we ran, kept is simple.

  • At October 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM, Blogger Jolene said…

    yummmmmm oatmeal with butternut squash?! drool!!! I don't usually eat before I run, it doesn't work that well for me :( thus why I usually run first thing! But after? oatmeal, all the way :)

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