I have mentioned before that I like to listen to podcasts while running. Marathon Training Academy is one that I listen to quite a bit, and their latest podcast is about avoiding bonking and cramping during a marathon. Pretty interesting. I listened pretty carefully to what they had to say since I major bonked on my first and so far only marathon.
Your muscle glycogen (80% of total glycogen stores) remains intact even after a night of sleep. Even if your stomach is feeling hungry your muscles are fueled and ready to go. Just take a gel about 5 minutes before your race or long run and you’re primed for a successful race. If you feel the need to eat pre-race make sure that you do it at least 3 hours prior to the starting time. sourceI have been doing all of my early morning runs and bike rides lately on an empty stomach and a cup of coffee. I haven't missed breakfast so far.
Sunday I did my long run of 6.5 miles and I can't even begin to describe how good it feels to be almost back up to 7 miles. I thought about going for it. I was really only going to do 6 miles but when I got home I realized we hadn't picked up the mail Saturday and the mailbox is a quarter mile from our house so I ran down and got it.
Yesterday I threw in some burpees at my turn around point just for fun cause I am crazy like that I guess. I love the way Cola is looking at me here, probably thinking I am crazy.
I also took the kids down to swim lessons and happened to stop by a store that had some small evergreens and shrubs on sale. I have been wanting to buy some, but find that while I have no problem dropping $100 dollars on running shoes, $20 for a tree or $12 for a shrub is too pricey.
Luckily these were all marked 50% or more off. I picked out 9 shrubs and 3 small trees. After I checked out I discovered they were all marked down even further to 80% off.. SCORE!
Of course then I had to go home and dig 12 holes in the 85 degree heat, I was sweating like crazy when I got done and ready to go in and put my feet up. Then I remembered the 24 pounds of peaches that needed to be processed. That pretty much consumed the rest of my afternoon. 14 pints and 3 quarts later I was done. I think I probably ate at least 4 peaches during the process, talk about yummy!
Do you ever run on empty in the mornings or do you feel like you need to fuel first?