I am getting into the bulk of my long runs now for my Chicago Marathon Training. I still can’t believe that I am already 10 weeks in – it really seems like the time has been flying by more so than usual!! With the really long runs (which in my head are 14 miles or more) comes the need to be properly fueled – not only during, but before the run as well, especially in this intense heat.
During the run, my go-to has been a water & Gatorade mixture, about 50/50, in my Nathan water bottle, as well as Gu Chomps. I know that everyone has different preferences, and I personally like to chew my fuel, rather than just the gel. I feel like if I was able to eat a PB&J on the run, I would probably opt for that. I have a pretty tolerant stomach, as long as I am able to wash it down with a lot of water.
Before running a lot of miles, I have to eat some real food. It has to be more substantial than just a banana or Gu Chomps! On Sunday, I went for the english muffin and peanut butter. I have been eating peanut butter and some kind of bread before races and long runs for as long as I can remember – it dates all the way back to high school for sure. If I have more time to digest, like before marathons, I’ll step it up with a whole bagel. Since I literally roll out of bed and get outside for training runs, I just don’t want to eat too much – it is too hard to digest that much when running.
I think that the biggest thing with fueling for a marathon is finding out what works for your body. Everyone is different, so you may need only half of what I would normally eat, or even twice as much! It is completely based on the individual, and what your body requires to keep you strong throughout the race! Oh, and something completely random – look at this little gem I found at Publix yesterday….
I absolutely love Eggo’s for breakfast paired with eggs and some fruit. Ya, I know, I’m like 5 years old. I was grabbing my normal whole grain waffles when these pumpkin spice ones caught my eye! I know August is a little early to start thinking about fall and all of the fun food that comes with it, but I just couldn’t help myself. Hooray for pumpkin recipes to take over!!