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Lesson learned - food before exercise

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lesson learned. I always need to have some food in my stomach digested before I go for a longer run.

A few days ago I decided to go out for a 35 min. run. It was later in the morning - I was wrestling with the decision to, A: eat something but then having to wait a couple of hours for it to digest and then have it be too hot to run, or B: run before it got too hot and eat afterwards.

I had quite a bit of energy and was wide awake, and didn't feel hungry, so I decided to chance it. In all honesty, the first 20 minutes went well, but then I very quickly crashed. Hard. It was incredibly hard to do the last 10 minutes plus cool-down - my speed slowed down a lot, my intensity went away, I was simply trudging. By the time I got home, I was more out of breath than usual and feel a bit woozy. After eating a large meal, it was quick to see that I needed food.

It's not the first time this has happened where I realized I can't work out earlier in the day without first eating at some point. It's just been so long that I thought it might be different and that I can handle it. Looks like I will never be a morning exerciser, unless I am up super early and have a light "snack" an hour beforehand.

That's ok though, I've never been too much of a morning person. :)
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    I too cant exercise without something in my stomach. Sometimes I'll get so hungry I'll start throwing up water. My boyfriend is the complete opposite, he will do a full weight training session and feel fine. I find that around Brunch time is the best time for me to workout :)

    I guess lessoned learned! eat before training!
    2516 days ago
    Yes, I learned this lesson. If I'm pressed for time and really need to run NOW, I grab a cheese stick and a few wheat things while I'm warming up and getting dressed. Not to heavy for me to head out right after that.

    It's all trial and error to see what works for you. I hope your next run goes better!

    2539 days ago
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