I’m often asked about what I eat to fuel my runs – especially once mileage gets high and ish gets real. I am a creature of habit so it’s actually not hard for me to list what I eat pre and post run for this week’s food themed Friday Five. Don’t forget to check out Cynthia and Mar and some of the other folks who link up with us – and please don’t forget to link to your hosts if you are participating! Have a great weekend and don’t forget that track and field Olympics competition starts on Friday – yay!
- Egg hash. I’ve been very conscious of the amount of protein that I’m getting on run days this cycle because my appetite has been wacky. That means that I’m often eating a version of egg hash after a weekend run. It usually ends up consisting of one scrambled egg, one chicken sausage link, spinach, sweet potatoes and lately I’ve been adding my homemade pesto sauce. This is so good and fuels me right up after a hard run! It’s also EASY, which is KEY for post run eating.
- Oatmeal. This is another good one before a run but (real talk), I have to make sure I leave extra time to process this before I head out on a run or else I’ll be making an unexpected pit stop. Ahem. You all understand what I’m saying here.
- PB&J. This is my go-to before a race. I have a hard time eating very early in the morning and I can always get down a PB&J sandwich. I’ve made it my pre-race go to for a ten miler or longer. I usually eat one on whole wheat bread, but only because that’s what we typically buy.
- Nothing. I know. Bad runner. But, to be honest, if I’m running less than ten miles, I will probably not eat anything before hand. Mostly because (as I just mentioned), I have a hard time eating early in the morning. I typically start getting hungry around nine miles, so I don’t feel like I need to eat anything if I’m not going to be running over ten miles. I will put Tailwind into my water – this gives me about 200 calories which helps on shorter, but harder, workouts.
- Everything. This is of course what I like to eat post-run. And everything is accurate. All the items listed above are things I’ve eaten post run, along with pizza or a BLT sandwich. Or popcorn. Or chocolate milk. Or…you get the idea.
What do you eat to fuel your runs?
A version of this story first appeared at Women’s Running.