I much prefer running on an empty stomach rather than eating breakfast before going out for my run.
However, I was definitely running on empty this morning without much in my system.
I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. feeling hungry, but I was too tired to get up to eat, so I slept until 6:30 a.m. By that time, my hunger pains had subsided. Has anyone else noticed that if you wait it out, your hunger pains go away?
I decided to have just a few of these PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts before leaving because I didn’t want to eat very much.
Love these—they remind me of Gushers!
I sometimes procrastinate quite a bit before heading out for my run—especially now when I don’t have any obligations—but I didn’t want my hunger to strike again.
Plus, I had a new pair of shorts to wear! (Here is another picture.)
For my workout this morning, I headed to the track:
2 miles: warm-up to the track
dynamic stretches (leg swings, carioca, knee-highs)
6 x 400 meters with 200 meters of recovery jogging in-between
800 meters of barefoot running
2 miles cool-down back home
I have not embraced the whole Vibram or minimalist shoe fad (?), but I do like to do some barefoot running on the track occasionally.
We used to run 800 meters barefoot once a week in college at the end of track practice. I was told we did this to strengthen the muscles in our feet, but now I also know it forces your body to run efficiently and fore-foot strike instead of heel striking.
Distance: 7 miles
While I felt decent overall, I could tell I was dragging because I didn’t have enough fuel in my system. I was hungry and started to get lightheaded at one point.
I have read that training on an empty stomach isn’t always a bad way to train though because when I am running my marathon, my body is going to have to learn to operate on less fuel than ideal.
I know this depends upon your body. For me I usually eat something when I know I’ll be running longer than an hour or 9+ miles.
As soon as I got back, food was essential. I thought about oatmeal but decided on a bagel because it was faster.
iced decaf coffee
1/2 cinnamon raisin bagel with Laughing Cow Cheese (loved this combination!)
I don’t feel guilty eating “white” bread after a run because I know my body needs easy-digesting foods that can be absorbed quickly—versus whole grains that take longer to digest.
A little while later I had a banana with peanut butter on it. Totally hit the spot!
Time to shower and get ready for the day!
Do you eat something before running? If so, how much?