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What to eat while training for a run??

If you are in any running groups on social media networks you will often see posts about what food and electrolytes people are using while training. My answer is always to try things out and see what works best for your body! We are all different. I personally like to use SaltStick Caps to replace my electrolytes and I stick to real foods for fuel like clementines and raisins. While I was out on my 20 mile run this weekend I started to crash around mile 20. Next time I run for more then 2 hours I'm making sure I have a protein on me. I will most likely add some pistachios to my raisins. I have used this combo before and I know it works for me. I had not run that distance in some time so I was not thinking about adding a protein. You live you learn.

Eating healthy all the time helps fuel your run. Many of us runners think we can eat whatever we want because we run so much. That is not true. If I eat like crap the day before a long run or even a 6+ mile run I will fee like crap. My stomach will let me know that it is not happy with my food choices by causing major cramping while running. It is no fun. Often I learn my lesson but I am human so I screw up again here and there. For example last week after my long run I decided I deserved a treat so I ate a vegetable quesadilla for dinner. It was freaking heavenly. The next day when I set out for what was supposed to be a 10 mile run I started to have major stomach issues around mile 6 and had to walk for awhile. Every time I tried to run again the cramps came back so I found myself walking about 2 miles home. I need to remember that even though cheese is amazingly yummy its was probably too fatty and too greasy for me to eat knowing I had to run again the next day. That being said I think I will enjoy my cheat meals on Sundays now since I do not have to run at all on Mondays!!

It may be helpful for you to keep a food journal while you are training for a major event. Last year while I was training for the Blues Cruise 50K I was eating great and stuck to a very strict diet two weeks prior to race day and it helped me big time! Check out this old post about what I was eating then!

This post is not to promote any products. I have not been paid by anyone to make this post these thoughts are all my own and this is just what has been working for me! However if you do have a real food product you would like me to review I will be glad to review it honestly and make a post about my findings! Please see my about me page for my contact info.


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