Welcome to another edition of Run It!
In case you missed it, here’s what we covered so far this year:
This month, we are talking about food.
Have you ever wondered what a runner eats?
If you guessed food, you are correct. Lol!
Your body needs fuel to run. And food is fuel. If you eat garbage, you will feel like garbage. We are all different and have different needs. Isn’t it annoying when you know that one person who can eat whatever and whenever and have an amazing run? The majority of us aren’t like that.
It would be magical if there was a one size fits all for what to eat pre, during and post run. But the truth is that what I run on, maybe won’t work for you. It’s all trial and error.
Last winter, I worked with a sports nutritionist on fine tuning my diet while training for a marathon. We worked on finding the right fuel for me. I highly recommend Jamie Sheahan, RD. I met her last year at Run.Rise.Retreat. She’s a runner herself so she knows what it’s like when you aren’t properly fueled for the run. I’m not currently training for any races right now but I still use lots of the tips she gave me in my day to day eats.
I am a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast. It’s either a yogurt, fruit and granola bowl or oatmeal. I’ve tried having eggs and veggies in the morning but I am hungry within an hour. Yogurt bowls hold off the hunger for hours so they are my go to. I love using Stonyfield Whole Milk Greek Yogurt as the base and will load up on fresh berries, banana, granola and of course, a spoonful of almond or peanut butter. I just love nut butters in yogurt. Other good options are homemade waffles topped with yogurt for extra protein.
The majority of the time I have an everything but the kitchen sink lunch that involves greens and last night’s leftovers. If we don’t have any leftovers, I’ll have a salad with whatever veggies or fruit we have plus a protein. Do you guys like fruit in a green salad? I love it. Ron thinks it’s the weirdest thing ever.
This time of year, I break out the crock pot although I recently jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and have been loving it. A whole chicken cooked in less that 40 minutes? Yes please!
I’m always looking for a snack mid morning. When I’m at work, I need something quick so a bar is usually my go to. I’ve been loving the RXBars (affiliate link) in Chocolate Sea Salt lately. If that’s not an option, most weeks I also whip up a batch of cookie bites for the kid’s school snacks. A variation of THIS bite made with craisins added instead of chocolate chips is the most requested.
Pre Run Fuel
Prior to an easy run, I don’t eat anything. I usually run early in the morning with no time to digest anything. Over the years my stomach has acclimated to it and I have no energy issues.
If it’s a long run or race day, I have two options depending on my mood. A stand by for years has been oatmeal with a banana, cinnamon and peanut butter. I’ve also had really great success with a baked sweet potato, cinnamon and almond butter.
In a nutshell, I don’t follow any set meal plan. For the most part, I eat what I want in moderation. I know a lot of runner’s who restrict alcohol or sweets when training but I’ve never been able to stick to that. Moderation is what works best for me!
Want to know what other runners eat? Click on the picture to take you to some of my running friends are eating. And don’t forget to Pin away so you have a stash of valuable running info to reference whenever you need it.
What do you run on?