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  • Fueling those runs……

     Chris Pattison updated 6 months, 1 week ago 13 Members · 17 Posts
  • Ruth Cleeves

    Member
    January 13, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Real food & drink V Gels & Sports Drinks…. or maybe a combination….. 

    How do you fuel your long runs/Events?

  • sharnie1

    Administrator
    January 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    For anything up to 6 hours, usually just sweets, up to 10 hours sweets with cereal bars and for longer events real food with a trend towards more savoury stuff (sarnies) than sugary with maybe the occasional espresso gel to wake me up if it goes over night.

    • This reply was modified 7 months ago by  sharnie1.
  • Vicky Pixi

    Administrator
    January 13, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I love my food so munching my way through a whole pizza during a marathon has happened once or twice before ;p Cook it up, let it go cold and chop it into bite size pieces. I will take a piece as when i fancy it really, its normally all gone by the time i finish 🙂

    But generally a slice of toast with marmite before a LR of 10 miles plus, but run on empty anything below that.

    I wont eat anything with a run up to 10 miles but after that i might pick on a cereal bar.

    Porridge before a marathon, just a very small bowl (need to keep room for pizza)

    For during a hm, well thats a tricky one as i hate the gels but they are very handy for the hm distance.

    And as for long training runs or hard training runs a cheese, tomato and pickle sandwich (cut into 4s and individually wrapped for portion control.

    Baby bells are high up on my list too and cereal bars, a bag of haribos is normally in one of pockets.

  • Lizzy

    Member
    January 13, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I’m a eater too, no matter what time i get up i need food.. Toast for me before i do my morning runs, no matter what distance? if its LR then its x2 rounds. 

    On runs less than 10 miles i only use water unless im training for a HM, then start to use SIS gels. For my stomach to adjust i suffer with IBS, which can kick off during LRs. 

    During my mara training i did try a few different real foods, sandwhich, flapjacks, soreen, cereal bars.  Flapjack and gels came out better, oh and Haribo snakes during my ultra… 

  • JillyMP

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Would love to run on empty, but I can’t. So a banana, or toast, even eggs depending on distance, before I even set outside.

    I can get away with no fuel on a 10 mile run, and used to for a half, but since marathon training began, I like to keep the eating habit up. Quite like a gel or a jelly (cereal bar bite) at an hour, then every 30 mins after that for longer runs (over 13 miles). Do love a bit of banana on my run, but highly impractical, so always hope they’re at aid stations.  And if any specatotors are dishing out Mars bar portions, then I really am in running heaven.

  • Rachel

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    I’m an eater. If its under 6miles, I can roll out of bed and go for a run. Any more miles and I need a breakfast and I need to eat about an 1hr before I head out running. I normally fuel with either porridge or egg and toast. Plus I get rungry so I need something to eat after my run too lol

  • Dorothy Meikle

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Half marathon routine.  Pasta with veg/tomato sauce and 2 large glasses of red wine for evening meal before race day.  Race morning, 3 cups of strong tea with full fat milk.  If the race starts later than 12 noon I will have a banana, otherwise nothing.  Gel at mile 3/6/9.  Tore gels are currently my favourite.  They are cycling rather than running gels, but they work well for me.  Have a For Goodness Shake recovery at the end, and a meal about 4 hours later, oh and more red wine with dinner😀🏃🍷😀🏃🍷😀🏃🍷

  • Dorothy Meikle

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Typing error.  Should read TORQ gels

  • Vicky Pixi

    Administrator
    January 14, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    @Dorothy Meikle 2 big glasses of red wine  😂 well if it works for you, i might try it LOL

    I have infact ran a very decent 10k pb with a stinking hangover so maybe there is something in alcohol that acts as rocket fuel!

  • Barry Griffin

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Usually muesli with Greek yoghurt and berries and honey and water and coffee before a long run or HM race.  Sometimes I will run on empty.  For anything longer than HM I will probably have the same, but with the addition of a banana, or slice of toast and an energy bar.  During a HM (or longer) race I will generally take gels at 10 miles onwards, depending on how I feel, how many I have got and how many they are handing out.

  • Adam

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    For a half marathon I won’t take any food or water, just keep plugging away until I’m at the end, unless it’s really warm and then just water that’s being offered.

    Marathons are my bogey distance and I’ve never been able to fuel, I just can’t get the food in.

    Anything longer then I’ll go for real food, especially if it’s one of those 24 hour races with 5-6 mile laps, I’ll happily stop for a jacket potato! Lukewarm tea is a lifesaver.

  • Richard Woodfield

    Member
    January 14, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Sounds like Dorothy has got things well sorted with couple of glasses of Cote du Run both before and after.

    For a morning race I would have small bowl of muesli, preferably a couple of hours before running.  Maybe a banana about half an hour before start.  Just rely on water for up to 10 mile races but also use tailwind energy drink for HMs.  Also on runs of HM or longer, probably take a few home made energy balls (eg mixture of marzipan, raisins, almonds – yummy!).

  • Dorothy Meikle

    Member
    January 15, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Homemade energy balls sound fab Richard.  Will need to try them

  • Sharon McShane

    Member
    January 15, 2020 at 11:11 am

    I prefer to run on empty for any training run up to 15 miles, more than that I would have a cereal bar or a couple of slices of fruit loaf but would still need to leave it for at least 90 – 120 mins before I could run as it just feels too heavy in my stomach. For Hm distance training runs would take on a gel and obviously more as the distance increases, my current faves are Huma Chia energy gels, all natural products and haven’t had any stomach issues with them. Race day for a HM and above I would eat something similar to the above and then refuel with a big roast dinner and like Dorothy a couple of glasses of red after a long soak in the bath – perfect!! 🙂

  • Barry Griffin

    Member
    January 15, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Usually muesli with Greek yoghurt and berries and honey and water and coffee before a long run or HM race. Sometimes I will run on empty. For anything longer than HM I will probably have the same, but with the addition of a banana, or slice of toast and an energy bar. During a HM (or longer) race I will generally take gels at 10 miles onwards, depending on how I feel, how many I have got and how many they are handing out.

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