Backstory: Once upon a time, in another running life, there was a girl who would run seven miles on the weekend. She didn’t worry about how many drinks she had the night before. Or what she had eaten. How much sleep she was going to get. When she rolled out of bed she might drink a glass of water. Eat a fruit leather. Or do neither of those things. She hopped on the treadmill, she hopped off the treadmill and that was that.
Kittens, I have to say that for all that I love running, with the mileage that I’m doing now? Long Run days have turned into a totally different kind of commitment.
I never thought I would say this, but 10 miles? Is starting to seem like a pretty reasonable proposition.
The whole act of running on the weekends has turned into a real production of sorts. Between behaving myself the afternoon/night before a long run, waking up at 5 AM to start eating and digesting, actually doing the run, showering, eating again and collapsing into bed, it’s very nearly a 24-hour proposition from start to finish.
On the bright side, I finally nailed down a breakfast that doesn’t raise absolute hell in my stomach.
In the mix: Oatmeal with a sliced banana, a drizzle of honey, a drizzle of almond butter and 2 T granola. 2 cups of coffee. Scene.
This was a major battle for me pre-wedding, so I’m glad that we may have found a True Resolution to the situation.
I was starting to worry that I was doomed to Long Run GI issues forever.
While I was out for a late brunch with the ladies on Sunday, I realized that I was a half-mile away from the running store that I had a Groupon for. So I read the tea leaves and made a much-needed trip over there.
Even though it was an impromptu trip, I actually did have a mission.
Confession: I’ve made it this far in my training without carrying a water bottle or any sort of “fuel.”
Obviously, as much as I like to consider myself a minimalist as far as putting one foot in front of the other is concerned, it really is getting to the point where it’s outright dangerous if I’m not snacking and sipping.
My haul? Or as the sales guy phrased it, “It’s kind of like trick or treating. For runners!”
Yes, there are Two Of Every Kind. Consider it the Noah’s Ark of Fuel. Or something like that.
I basically bought anything that I’ve found the internet to be fond of, what runner friends have recommended to me or have mentioned using in conversation.
I also grabbed a Spibelt and a water bottle, because it seems only logical that the three things go together.
I ran with the belt and bottle today as a test and I have to say, it was far less disconcerting than I had anticipated. I was expecting to absolutely loathe it and accept it as a necessary evil. But these designers? Might have actually known what they were doing when they were trying to figure out what people could want to attach to their body while they sweat.
Runners: What type of “fuel” do you like to use on long runs?
What do you eat before a workout? After?