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. :)