10 weeks. I have 10 weeks before my big life changing marathon run. I have been doing a lot of reading on nutrition before, during and after long runs. I mean A LOT of reading. Everything I’ve read has 3 basic principles.
- Don’t eat fatty/greasy foods or certain veggies prone to causing bloating and gas
- Don’t skip breakfast
- Don’t change your eating or drinking pattern the night before your race
Seems simple enough but when you start to think about the science involved it gets hairy. Let me explain this way. The night before a big run most people agree that you should have lots of carbohydrates and a decent amount of lean protein to help provide fuel for your body the next day. However, some suggest eating smaller doses of carbs thru the day to keep the tank full. Also suggested – you eat extra calories the day before because, in essence, calories are units of energy. They will not go to waste.
Then there is the science behind run day; eating before, during and after the run. Again – there are articles and blog posts galore talking about what to eat/drink and when. The biggest common theme in all of them – experiment. I am not one to back down from a challenge!
Today I visited the local GNC and our local sports store. I will say that I was grossly disappointed in the “running fuel” section at GNC. However, the local sports store came through big time. I spent around $12 for a variety of different items in different flavors so I can start experimenting to see what I like, what my body likes and what provides the results I need. I included a picture of my “fuel experiment”. I will admit- I am rather excited to try each of these items out and see just how well the do or do not work. I know each person is different so it will be fun to try them out.
That isn’t the only experiment I have planned. This weekend I run 13 miles- basically a half marathon. I have noticed the last few weeks that I sweat a lot. Whether I’m on the treadmill or outside I am a total “sweaty Betty” by the time I am done. I decided to weigh myself before a run and after to see just how much water weight I am losing. To know the exact math and science behind it – check out this article from Runner World – “Know Thy Sweat Rate.” Knowing this will help me better hydrate before, during and after my run with the goal of NOT killing myself. 🙂
One final experiment. You will notice one non-food item in the picture. Yup- I bought Body Glide. Let’s just say as a woman things rub and chafe and can get horribly uncomfortable. I am not of the age where I can go with out certain undergarments so I need to try this Body Glide stuff. I have heard it works very well. I will let you know if it lives up to the reviews.