Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Tara- Yay for the blog revival!!!  I have missed this aspect from last year.  Anyway, I was sitting bored out of my mind at gymnastics last week and stole a magazine for some reading pleasure.  It is called Colorado Runner.  It had some awesome info about fueling during a longer run.

I hate all the nasty gels, beans, etc...I take them to have a little energy but since I have tummy troubles they always end up biting me in the butt and sending me to a bush or bathroom,
The reason I like this article was because it gave some great ideas of things to eat during your long runs that aren't engineered foods but give you the energy you would need as the engineered options.

Fuel During runs that last 1.5- 4 hours:
Gummi Bears, Starburst fruit Chews, jellybeans, licorice, tootsie rolls, butterscotch candies, peanut m&m

Engineered Options: Gu, Carb-boom, Clif Shot, Shot Bloks, sports beans etc

I also wanted to talk a little about "prerace" quick fixes:

These choices lack nutritional value but are easy to digest, provides quick energy the body wants and when eaten 5 min before exercise, are unlike to create rebound hypoglycemia(sugar crash).

Poptarts, Rice Krispie treats, marshmallows, gum drops, toast w/ jelly, sports drinks, peppermint patties, defizzed coke.

Prerace Breakfast:
Eat 1 to 2 hours before a race.  I prefer 1 hour but every body is different.
Wheaties, mini wheats, oatmeal with applesauce and brown sugar(I avoid the milk), cram of wheat with raisins, bagle or english muffin with peanut butter(one of my favorites), poached eggs with 2 slices toast, yogart and granola(another fav)

This all just FOOD for thought, but it has helped me and I am anxious to try some these ideas during my long runs...Happy Running!  YOU ALL ROCK!


  1. Great post! I have to laugh at the quick fixes because that is my life. I can't tell you how often I make a pan of rice krispy treats and eat a large one and a Gatorade before my run. Glad to hear my junky food made it to a running magazine!

  2. Jarrie--This is more like it! LOVING all the posts!!

    And I think it is so true--sports beans or Gu are nothing more than really expensive gummy bears and starbursts.

    Has anyone tried the peanut m&m thing yet? Post if you have.

    And those breakfasts are PERFECT. Just the right amount of protein, and long lasting carbs. I've never put applesauce in my oatmeal, but it sounds delicious!

    I can't remember exactly who told me this--I think it was Amber--but another great "all natural" sugar rush is fruit juice in the morning. It's a great pre-run fuel!

  3. I never thought of peanut m&ms. I think I'll bring a big bag. I hate to eat needless calories since I am so overweight right now.

  4. I am totally a real food kind of person so I am right there with you Jarrie! Good ideas, I really like the peppermint patties the york peppermint patties!