Running

(Under)fueling on Long Runs

This weekend flew by – lots of packed into it!  John and I took it easy Friday night. I got all my things ready for the next day’s long run and he got all his things ready for a 10K he was running. Tights, socks, Vibrams, gloves, ear band (I ended up wearing a beanie), Flip Belt, banana baby food (for fuel), water (in a travel size shampoo bottle that fits in my Flip Belt), long sleeve shirt, + jacket. It was 30 degrees when we started the next morning. brrr! 

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On Saturday, my friend Anna and I headed out to run. We ran about an 8:20 pace for 10 miles. Running with someone else is soooo nice; the time flies by. After we split at mile 10, my heart rate was still up a bit so I decided to add on an extra mile to cool down and ended up doing two extra miles (and I definitely didn’t lower my heart rate because I ended up doing a hilly loop that was longer than I planned and my pace increased).

I was a bit flustered by the time I finished because I was absolutely starving. I ran 12 miles without any fuel or water; I had packed it but didn’t feel like I needed it on the run. I definitely paid for it after I finish because I was a bit shaky, jittery and felt like I was in a fog. Once I got some food in me, I felt much better and was quite pleased with the run! (John took 4th in his 10K with a 38:50 time!)

After the run, I quickly cleaned up and headed out for an eyebrow threading appointment before meeting up with a previous co-worker for coffee and girl talk. And that night, John and I met up with a new couple who recently moved to town and wanted to meet some like-minded folks. Bethany is also a blogger so we talked shop a bit and we all talked a lot about health, Winston-Salem and wine. 

The rest of the weekend was filled with cleaning, running errands, yard work and one more run. John and I headed out for 5 miles on Sunday afternoon. I wore my new kicks; I’ve always wanted the hot pink and orange Vibrams and finally found them for a good price on eBay! I love them! It takes a bit for me to break in new Vibrams since I have such high arches and the tops feel really tight across the top of my foot but they’re starting to feel better. 

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I was a bit whiney on the run. (John is probably saying, “A bit??”) My knees have really been aching lately – not hurting exactly – but just kind of sore. And the muscles around my knee – below and above – have been hurting. I’m not sure what’s going on so I’ve been icing and taking some anti-inflammatories. And my stomach was kinda queasy while running. But, I was all smiles about the gorgeous weather! It was 65 degrees today!!! 

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But it’s supposed to be 18 degrees tomorrow with snow. I can’t even deal with this winter anymore. Ugh. 

And, now, I’m winding down, getting ready for bed and a new week. I think I might take an epsom salt bath to sooth my achy muscles. Good night! Have a great week!

At what distance do you fuel on long runs? I used to be religious about fueling with anything longer than 6. Then it was anything longer than 8. So I’m pretty baffled that I ran 12 miles and didn’t feel like I needed fuel. I think I probably did need fuel but was distracted chatting. 🙂

P.S. The winner of the Douglas Coffee Roasters giveaway is Michelle!! Congrats girl! I’ll shoot you an email. 

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14 Comments

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    Kelsey
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    Love the colors!

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    Sam @ The Second Lunch
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    Yay new pink shoes! I’m due for a new pair of Vibrams as soon as the weather starts getting warmer. Bright shoes definitely make me want to get out and run. I’m usually craving salt around mile 7 – never really hungry (my appetite typically decreases), but I’ll start feeling sluggish if I go too much longer than that. Maybe some extra foam rolling for those muscles?

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    Livi
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    I usually fuel for 7-8+! I can’t go longer without some food!

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
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    So excited to have won the Giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to enter! 🙂

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    Lauren @ sassy molassy
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    Typically, if I run 10 or more miles, I bring fuel and water. I ran 11 this weekend with two miles of them hilly and I ate one Gu and sipped on my nuun water the whole time.

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
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    Typically any run over 10-12 I will try to fuel. I fuel for all runs per say but those I pay more attention to. I only do those once a week when in full training so it is easy to focus on.

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    Anne @ CandyCrazedrun.wordpress.com
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    Oh no! I hope your keens feel better soon!

    I always find it interesting what people eat/don’t eat on 13-14ish mile runs. I have a sensitive stomach when it comes to running so I like to run on an empty stomach, but I wonder if I would feel even better if I found something that sat well.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Try the banana baby food. It’s worked better for my stomach than anything! It’s just mashed up bananas but easier to transport and has a resealable lid.

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    Liz
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    I also just got new pink shoes! I also used to fuel for anything over 6, but now it’s more like over 8. I don’t necessarily get hungry, but I notice feeling stronger and happier when I fuel.

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    Amber
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    Love the new runners! I got a new pair of Mizunos a few months ago that are turquoise and pink and I absolutely love them 🙂 For fueling on long runs I usually put some gatorade powder in my waterbottle for anything 8+. If I am doing 10-12 I add a gel, and if I am doing more than 12 I bring a second gel just in case I am feeling sluggish. I haven’t really needed the second gel until around mile 14-15. There was one time that I forgot a gel on a 12 miler and I felt AWFUL after my run. Fueling is SO important!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Right after I stopped running in Mizunos, they started getting soooo many cute colors! Jealous! 🙂

      I need to remember that even if I don’t feel like I need fuel during the run, that I’ll feel like crap after the run if I don’t fuel during!

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    Emily @ Greens, Eggs & Hamstrings
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    Maybe your knees/muscles are achy because they are so tight – you should get a massage, do some foam rolling and have a hot bath or use heat packs. (People often use ice on their knees but it actually won’t make any difference if it’s because your muscles are tight!)
    I only bring fuel if I’m running over 12 miles – but in a marathon I start fueling at mile 5 or 6!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      That is a really great suggestion! I never thought of that. I may have to justify a massage this weekend! And I pulled out my heating pad tonight and it did feel great. Thanks!!

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