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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Followup: Running and Breakfast

Or, really, running and eating in general.

So, this morning I scrambled eggs for me and Todd, and had a whole wheat english muffin, too.  I debated on the whole wheat or not, because I'm not necessarily keen on lots of fiber before a run.  So, the result?  I love eggs.  The taste was awesome, and the eggs were very delicious, even at 4 in the morning.  My problem was that I ate too much - a first for a pre-run meal.  I scrambled 3 eggs (which is what I would normally make for a breakfast), and that was too many.  In all though, I was merely pretty full during the run, and I felt good otherwise.  I was worried that eggs was overdoing it on the protein, but it seemed fine.  I was a little dehydrated at the start of the run, so I need to give the eggs another try being fully hydrated before I'll know for sure.

Eggs aren't terribly portable, though, and that is the biggest problem with them.  Still, I should be ok having a toasted half bagel with peanut butter or cream cheese before my races where I'm out of town.  The other issue?  They're time-consuming, which is crappy when I am trying to get out the door.  I can't bring them in the car with me, and that is sad.

As for the rest of the run, I had bought some sour worms during my last trip to Wegman's and I packed 6 sour worms instead of beans or gu or other sport things.  I'm starting to buy into the philosophy that the food that is marketed to runners to eat on runs is not only gross, but over priced and silly (unless you're a person who must eat gus or gels during a run because of stomach problems).  So, I decided to try some other things that I might like.  The incredible result?  While I have to force sport beans down these days, the worms were YUMMY and I eat them all in a single walk break (a rarity for me, it usually takes me 2-3 walk breaks to eat a pack of sport beans).  Maybe it had something to do with the eggs, too?  Maybe the eggs didn't bother my stomach as much so I was prime for eating the worms?

Who knows.  I'm going to peruse my running nutrition book to see what else is recommended, but I'm going to stick with this for a while.

Other thing...  I bought a new water belt and really like it, so I will perhaps talk about that one later.

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