Eating Before an Afternoon Run
One thing that I really do not like about my work schedule is that I have to run in the afternoon. Morning is my favorite time of the day. Asking me to function past 4:00pm is asking a little too much. My best efforts start around 5:00am and I’ve always preferred to see the sun rising instead of the sun setting.
One reason that I do not like running in the afternoon is because I do not know what is best to eat beforehand. Sometimes I think I may overdo it with the healthy foods early in the day and my stomach let me know it today. Today’s hill repeats were somewhat of a disappointment. I think it was a combination of running too fast yesterday, not enough sleep, and too much spinach for lunch. My failure to hit my target times got me reevaluating my meal plan during the day. What is best to eat for a 4:00pm run?
After a little research, I found a few articles stating it’s a good idea to avoid high fat/protein foods, spicy foods, broccoli or beans, and caffeine. According to About.com, safe foods include refined carbs, low fiber fruits and veggies (grapes, tomatoes, olives, etc.) and some dairy. Billy Brown from Livestrong.com recommends breads, fruit, whole wheat cereal, oatmeal and energy bars. (I guess that goes against my Wheat Belly diet.)
This article from Iowa State University, includes meal suggestions for workouts at different times during the day. I think tomorrow I’ll eat a bigger breakfast and a simpler lunch. I’d like for my 8 miles to be a little less uncomfortable than my workout today.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: For my 400 meter hill repeats, I was suppose to hit 1:35 per interval. I ended up running a little farther for each interval (until I realized I could set my autolap for .25 miles) and my time were around 1:38-1:42. It wasn’t too far off but I felt like I should have been able to do 1:35 or faster. Stats are here, here, and here. (Don’t ask.)