Only because I LOVE Bob's Burgers.
Very important when running so much. Fuel. How do you fuel? I picked the brains of lots of runners. Some take a GU every 3 miles, some every 45 minutes and some just have a smidgen every 15 minutes. Most of my running career I have run while subscribing to the Primal lifestyle (no grains, dairy and sugar) and because of that I used minimal amount of the packaged runners fuel. I ate real food before and after and if my run was really long I would have one GU. Never really any issues.
This felt different. I knew that if I didn't properly fuel on the first run then I would be starting behind in the second run. SO....I picked up some Honey Stinger GELS. The first 9-10 mile run I felt OK and fueled about every 35 minutes. I could feel the energy difference too. Then something just went wrong. My body screamed NO MORE.
After my 15 mile run I felt so crappy. It was AFTER, but it was still crappy. I felt nauseated and a bad headache. It almost felt like a hangover. I considered everything I ate and took (ibuprofen before run...salt tabs). I did have 5 gels during the run. I felt better by morning and just figured maybe I was a little dehydrated, but not sure. After that I was nauseated after almost any run over 5 or any run I took a gel.
The last straw was for me last Saturday. I set out to do 6 miles with 5-30 second strides at the end. It was cold but I overdressed. I was hydrated well but I knew I needed some fuel to give the strides my best. Well I took the gel and a good 8 oz of water. 2 miles later I was SICK. I felt nauseated and weak and the worst was dizzy, like I was going to pass out. No bueno. I actually had my son Daniel pick me up. That has never happened.
Of course I googled it. I've always had sort of an iron stomach when it came to eating and running and this change disturbed me. The fuel in gels is very concentrated and needs water in order for the body to digest properly. That is why the packets are always saying take with water. I always took with water but I think I just stopped tolerating them.
This story is long. Sheesh.
My brother told me about a book, Feed Zone Portables. He's an ultra runner and long distance biker. It's about eating real food for energy. A lot of the recipes use rice, which I know my body tolerates well. So I made the Lemon Ricotta baked rice balls. Ingredients include: Calrose sticky rice, lemon, lemon zest, ricotta cheese, egg and sugar (I used coconut sugar). I made 8 of them out of the recipe and decided to take two.
That would total: 448 calories and 87 carbs. A little high on the calories and carbs are adequate.
SO FAR SUCCESS!! I ran, felt great and no nausea!!!
One lesson learned. I can't eat one very fast. They are actually about 4 bites each. Having one bite about every 15 minutes is my plan for tonight. I am looking at making something a little bit smaller with the same benefits. I was very careful about drinking water. I'm a sipper so I ended up drinking about 20 oz's. They are also a little bulkier then gels but I was able to fit 2 in my belt. I'm going to have to figure out something when I run longer next week.
It was actually an amazing run! Left at 8:30 and it was about 27 degrees. I just got this shirt from Athleta. 20% off sale. BAM. It was awesome! I did have arm warmers under but they got a little hot when the temp was 36 degrees when I finished.
On sale 39.99
Now for food and rest and running 8 miles again tonight at 4:30.
Who's done an Ultra Relay? Any hints?
Your fuel during long runs?