The major issue that I encountered yesterday that made my long run not as enjoyable as it could have been was that I was having tummy issues. I’ve had these in the past, but I think that yesterday’s were due to errors made in fueling pre-run.
Yesterday, I woke up 1 hour before the run, got ready, and ate a Carrot Cake Clif Bar in the 5-15 minutes before I left & began running.
Typically in the recent past I have eaten my breakfast but then had at least 30-45 minutes to digest before leaving for the run. This was because I would drive or take the bus to meet my running group, whereas yesterday I began running as soon as I left my house.
Most of the time those breakfasts were a Clif Bar. But yesterday, I kept feeling that darned Clif bar in my tummy, queasing me up while running.
I’m wondering if I need to try some new things related to my Long Run breakfast as I’m increasing my mileage (and starting earlier). I read in Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training book that you should eat 2-4 hours before the race. Not that I’m racing, but I think yesterday was a loud & clear alarm that my body needs more than 15 minutes to digest.
Other potential #fails:
- I filled both bottles with G2 Gatorade. I started doing this for my hydration pack I carry while running because when it’s super-cold, the water starts to freeze! But yesterday and hopefully from now on it will be above freezing when I run. More water, less G2.
- I had pizza the night before, rather than a more customary pasta or stir-fry (rice) dish. I felt fine when I woke up, so I don’t think that was what the issue was.
OTHER NEWS: I went out on my Valentine’s date last night to Mon Ami Gabi and saw Rahm Emanuel! Date with Mike was also nice, but it was crazy to see Rahm too! Rahm will very likely become the next Chicago mayor, and I had a great view of him eating steak. Mon Ami Gabi was a great place for a date (politico’s or not) and had delicious food and wonderful service. The whipped cauliflower was to die for.
What do you eat for breakfast before a long run (13+ miles)? How long before you begin running do you eat breakfast?
Have you ever had a run-in with a Politico?