A bit delayed in getting this up today. Was out last night chatting with the Colorado Columbines, Colorado's biggest, women's-only running group (very, very fun: I'll be sending in my membership fee sooner than later) and have been dealing with sunscreen in the eyes and dog barf this morning (very not fun).
But enough about me. This is about you--and what you nosh on before and after a run. FYI: I'm talking (relatively) nutritional stuff today. We'll save the stories about rewarding runs with Ben + Jerry's and bottles of white wine for another time.
Some of you, we've heard, have super sensitive stomachs and need to tread very lightly before you lace up, or you'll be darting for the Port-o-Potty or woods or McD.'s bathroom before you even break a sweat. Others of you seem to have iron bellies and can stuff 6 leftover nuggets in your mouth 5 minutes before a run and never know the difference.
I'm somewhere in between: I can't run on an empty stomach, but anything I can "feel" feels like too much. I usually start with a banana (a ripe one, not that green specimen), and if that seems to disappear into the netherworld of my stomach, I'll chase it with a Gu. (Espresso love is my fave flavor, but I'm out; vanilla is in a close second place.) Sometimes, if the workout is going to be long or I wake up hungry (rare), I'll grab a pumpkin muffin instead. (I make them by the three dozen year-round--they're kinda healthy, minus the mini-chocolate chips.)
When I come home, I pretty much always fill up a water bottle, and drop a nuun tablet in it. I'm a heavy sweater, and nuun is just electrolytes--potassium, sodium, magnesium--or the stuff, minus water, you sweat out. Sipping that as I stretch (or at least think about stretching as I empty the dishwasher, make lunches and try to make my own breakfast) seems to stave off the headaches, I often get after a long run or hard effort. As I, a non-nuun-sponsored-athlete, told everybody I could on the RLAM tour, I love this stuff. It's not too sweet, a little fizzy, not sticky and helps me drink water all day long.
Once I finally get around to breakfast, I whip up a DIY latte and have either an English Muffin, one side with almond butter (healthy) and one with dark chocolate dreams, a pb + chocolate mix (kinda unhealthy, but better than eating a Reese's for breakfast); or a bowl of yogurt with a combo of delicious honey Greek yogurt (healthy, but as thick and fatty as ice cream), fat-free plain yogurt and Kashi Go-Lean, a cereal so loud, you can hear it from 3 rooms away. Both options, combined with a full glass of milk in the latte, give me enough protein to make me feel full and satisfied for at least a few hours--or until I get writer's block and need some sugar.
As I start to train for NYC, I'm sensing I might lose my appetite for my beloved muffins and dreamy chocolate. Just like my kids go through phases, so does my appetite. So what do you like to eat before and after a run? Do you have stomach issues? If so, what solutions have you found?
What do you beeline for in your kitchen when you're in your running gear? Let us know and you'll look much more stylish, in your New Balance outfit, as you suck down your next gel or piece of toast or glass of chocolate milk or...