Up early on Saturday.
<checks iPhone weather app>
hmm, 26 degrees right now. A high of 50 later today?
Mentions to her husband that it’s a little chilly for an 8-mile run, suggest breakfast first instead.
Husband agrees and starts whipping up his wife’s breakfast request: scrambled eggs with a bagel thin toasted on the side
<cue foreshadow-inducing music…>
Wife starts prepping her husbands breakfast request: pancakes on the griddle.
Husband and wife try to waste time while digesting breakfast.
Clean the house, change over a few loads of laundry.
Clock is ticking. Maybe 90 minutes pass.
Wife decides: it’s run time.
Husband agrees, they gear up and off they go.
Puketastic run ensues.
Wife struggles for every single mile, avoiding the puke-factor as much as she can.
Battling side cramps, pushing down the desire to stop.
Somehow they finish the run.
8, surprisingly speedy, puketastic miles later.
They are done.
Wife thinks: Note to self: scrambled eggs before an 8-mile run is not a good idea.
Yup, that’s how our Saturday morning rundate went, in a nutshell. Let’s just say a very valuable lesson was learned, shall we? And yet another reminder that running is a very humbling experience, no matter how many miles you’ve run (or not), running is a constant learning experience. I dig that. Honestly. Despite the puke-factor on Saturday, I was damn proud that I pushed through and hit my 8-mile goal (sure, I secretly wanted 9 but that’s what next week is for, right?). And to me – a workout that induces pride, shoves a bit of humble pie in your face and keeps you fit? All good in my book.
Which brings me to my one bit of advice for all you runners out there – my “Eat this, Not that” pre-run fuel edition checklist. Enjoy. 😉
Eat this, not that – pre-run fuel edition
Oatmeal – any way you like it
Bagel thin or english muffin with peanut butter (and banana)
Banana with peanut or almond butter
Small bowl of cereal with milk and sliced banana (think something not high in fiber to avoid the issue that Sam had the other day…hehe)
Fried or hard boiled eggs
Anything big on grease – bacon, for example
Protein shake (at least for me, the milk would get to me before a run…)
*unless it happens to work for you, then by all means, do it up!