Hello bloggers! My name is Amy from Ottawa, Ontario. I write my daily thoughts and musings over at www.amysquestoskinny.blogspot.com
The combination of running and a healthy diet has helped me lose almost 100lbs. When I started running, I weighed 263lbs and it was a struggle to run for even 30 seconds. 8 years later, I’ve run every distance from 5k to a Marathon and will be running Half Marathon #9 in Ottawa, on May 24, 2009.
The half marathon is by far my favorite distance. Although the training is intense, it’s manageable (read: it doesn’t consume your life) With so many people in blogland training for a half marathon, I thought it would be a great opportunity to write about a very important topic that sometimes many runners neglect. FUEL!
The Night Before:
I have a very sensitive stomach; therefore I need to watch what I eat the day before a long run – well at least 12 hours before the run. For dinner, I have a few staple ”˜go-to’ meals that are relatively ”˜safe’ in terms of ingredients. Try to keep carb count high, the fibre content relatively low and to use ingredients that you know will not upset your stomach.
Whole wheat pasta, alfredo sauce, chicken, mushrooms and the best part: BREAD!
Whole wheat pasta with basic tomato sauce, with ground turkey added. One of my favorite recipes is a pasta bake by Kraft. You can find the recipe here.
Homemade pizza with minimal toppings, nothing too outrageous.
Be sure to drink lots of water to hydrate too!
The morning of the run, I wake up at least 1.5 hours prior to eat to allow some digestion time.
My breakfast of champions: Whole wheat toast, peanut butter and a sliced banana with a big glass of water. It may take some time to find the perfect fuel, but after many years of experimentation, this is THE breakfast for me. Other suggestions that many other runners use: Oatmeal, Cereal, Protein Bars.
Keep in mind that coffee and dairy tend to induce cramping and GI distress, commonly known as the ”˜runners trots’.
Again, this is a personal preference…. you have to find what works for you. I only use nutrition for runs over 14k. My favorite product is “Sport Beans” by Jelly Belly. I eat 4-5 beans at 50 mins, and then every 30 mins after that.
In my fuel belt I carry 4 bottles: 2 are all water, and the other 2 are a mixture of diluted Gatorade. Of late, I’ve really been enjoying the G2 Grape Flavor. Straight Gatorade wreaks HAVOC on my stomach. I try to drink something every 10 mins… usually just a little swig.
Nothing tastes better after a run, then a treat from Starbucks…. My choice is usually a Cinnamon Dolce LattÃ©. Not only is this tasty, but it also provides the carbohydrates/protein that is essential for recovery. Read here for more details.
Upon my arrival home, I usually whip up another breakfast. My personal favorite: Cottage Cheese pancakes with tons of fruit.
I wish all the runners nothing but the best in your upcoming events. I hope I was able to shed some light on a topic that is not only important, but one that I am very passionate about.Stop by and visit me sometime!
A big thanks to Tina for allowing me the chance to do a guest post on her blog!