Saturday, June 08, 2013


Not Fuel for running?
     Yesterday I did not eat well at all.  For breakfast I had two doughnuts,  it was national doughnut day after all.  Lunch was an apple and a Cliff builders bar and a whisky sour.  I had 6-7 mozzarella sticks, chips and a tall boy of PBR for snack,  it was a work function.  And for dinner I had a bag of harvest cheddar sun chips, vitamin water zero, shared ice cream and m&m's with my daughter, an Italian beef sandwich and fries, I was at the baseball game with one of my daughters.  Needless to say these were not the healthiest options.  When I would run 20 miles a week I could eat like this and be okay.  Now that I am running 30-40 miles a week I cant do this anymore.  This week was my first 50 mile week ever.  The last ten this morning was HARD!  I feel that if I would have fueled better it would not have been so difficult.

     When it comes to fueling for an event everyone has their own take on the deal.  When I was a rookie, and I feel that I still am in many regards, I ate pasta the night before a long run or event.  Then I read articles that said two nights before eat carbs.  So I did that.  On a whim once I tried brown rice a Thursday before a long run and it worked great.  A few months later read an other article that said you need some protein too.  So I started adding chicken to rice and it worked great again.  Once I even ate chicken wings and fries the night before and had no trouble at all.  So that got me thinking, do I need to eat anything specific at all?  And thus begins my eat whatever the heck I want phase.  I think that phase is about to die.  With increased mileage my body needs more specific nutrients.

     Before I head out for a run sometimes I eat and others I don't.  On long run or race day I would eat an apple fritter from the local bakery.  Other things I eat before are toast or bagels with peanut or almond butter.  I love to eat cereal everyday but before running I enjoy Kashi or Wheaties.  I had the chance to spread the word for Wheaties how effective their product is for endurance athletes.  The slow lasting energy Wheaties provides on the long run is perfect.  I had some 20 boxes to eat over the course of a few months.  And Wheaties sure is a great way to fuel before a run.

There are some products that I love to use in my running.  I have loved Gatorade from day one.  My wife buys the powder to mix and I just throw it in my handheld on long runs.  I have tried the chews during a run and they are okay, great taste, but I didn't feel they were very effective.  I do not like the pre run drink they have.  Gatorade Prime is like a jello that didn't set.  The Recovery Gatorade is okay, it has an off after taste but is very effective in adding recovery.  I love Cliff bars.  I use them on long runs or eat them after as part of recovery.  When needed I will eat their Builders Bars.  They have 20g of protein in each bar as opposed to 9g in a regular Cliff bar.  I used to eat Cliff shots a chew to eat mid run, but I found them too cumbersome to use.  I have used Cliff shots, their gel product, but when it gets warm out my body doesn't process them while running and I get bad side cramps.  I switched to Hammer gel's and have had no trouble with them.  Hammer also makes a drink product and I have only ever tried the strawberry vanilla flavor and it is NASTY!  CytoMax is another product I tried because it was going to be on course at an event I was running.  I found that it tasted like really Gatorade but was thicker in consistency like a thin syrup, very sugary tasting.  I try to listen to my body and give it what it wants when I am running.  Sometimes it is good old fashion water that will do the trick!  But many times it is hard if said thing is not available.  So in my long runs I train with products to see if it will work on race day or not.  The only draw back to that is if it does work I will need to find a way to take it with me on the course.

     This adventure to run 50 miles will take many turns and trials with tribulation to complete.  I never thought it would take my diet along for the ride.  Here is to many miles and better eating, new products and hopefully weight loss...till next run!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

National Running Day

Today is national running day.  It is a day everyone should get off of work to go run.  There are many types of runs fartlek, tempo, speed, recovery, race, just to name a few.  How are you celebrating national running day?  I have a few ideas of my own.  #1 Run to a new location #2 Run to get some of your favorite food.  #3 Just Because.  Runners don't need a special day,  I love the feeling I get after a good run.  Today I am going to run to my running buddies house then run to a fun run and back again.  Grab and friend or go by yourself, get out there and celebrate everyday.  Celebrate that we have the gift and the freedom to move....till next run!