Good Morning Fellow New Runners!
Usually on Saturdays I have a blog post for you all. This is no coincidence as my long runs fall on Saturdays and it is then that I have plenty of time to think and formulate really fun blog post ideas. This past Saturday was no exception. I had my longest run so far..over 11 miles! Whoo hoo! I suffer with insomnia pretty frequently and found myself staring at my clock at 4:35am on Saturday morning. At 5:15, realizing sleep wasn’t going to happen I decided to get up and head out on my run, forgoing my usual local park that doesn’t open until 6:30am for the streets along my neighborhood. It was absolutely awesome running weather, hovering right around 50 degrees and I found myself going farther and farther and really loving every single minute of my run.
Once I got home, I showered and chatted about the morning with the munch while both of us ate a bagel. I had I had my usual water, coffee, water post run hydration and was running around with the kiddo when about 2 hours after the run I realized I was so exhausted. I took my daughter out to lunch so my husband, who works the swing shift, could get a nap in, and by the time we got home I was so tired, when she took a nap, so did I. It wasn’t until I ate a very filling dinner that my energy started to come back.
It was after dinner that I realized my problem. I didn’t eat enough after my run. I had a bagel and a salad and that was it until dinner. Folks, after running over 10 miles this was not enough calories to fuel my body. The problem? I am simply not hungry after my runs. Thirsty, oh yes, but hungry? Not so much. So what is a girl to do?
I have read that it is important to start refueling your body almost immediately and most do this with milk (either white or chocolate). I have a very good friend who runs half marathons and swears by having milk post run. I found this link http://bit.ly/19FGYqu on runnersworld.com that explains why chocolate milk is a great post run drink.
Ok, great, so what about the afternoon when I as so exhausted I couldn’t see straight? I need to force myself to eat a little bit more. I’m not talking binging at the local Chinese buffet, but perhaps adding a little bit of carbs to my salad at lunch and snacking on some crackers and peanut butter or healthy fruits and veggies?
No matter what I try next week, I know that I need to do a better job of listening to what my body needs after a run. Loads of water, healthy snacks and plenty of carbs and protein and I know I will have the energy to run all morning and keep up with my playful toddler all afternoon!
Enjoy the Run!
Question: what is your favorite post run food or drink?