Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I had a fairly decent day yesterday...It still had a few bumps and a few "oh, I really didn't need to eat that right now" moments, but it was definitely better than what it has been, so that's the victory for yesterday!!
Today I had a pretty good realization that I'm probably not doing myself any favors by not taking in an energy gel before jumping on the treadmill for harder workouts. Last week during a tempo workout I petered out midway through, and again today. I just didn't have the energy (or perhaps it is the mental fortitude...or a combo of both!! HA!) to keep going through the entire interval. Today it was 10 minutes at threshold pace, immediately followed by 3 minutes at 10k pace and then 2 minutes of recovery for two times total. I was able to make it through the first bunch with a little mental pushing, but during the second threshold interval I just sputtered and ended up walking for a few minutes. I did finish strong, but I really would have been happier if I had hit my targets the entire time.
Then I was driving to work and listening to the Another Mother Runner Podcast (I absolutely, love, love, love this podcast!!!!!!! Sarah and Dimity are just amazing...and lest you think you have to be a "mother" to appreciate it, you most certainly do NOT!) and they were interviewing a gal that works for GU Energy Labs. And the light bulb went off...if I'm going to be asking my body to do progressively harder and/or longer workouts in the mornings, if I don't give it something to burn it probably is going to continue to peter out. D'OH!!!
I've been able to get by all this time because, honestly, I was never pushing all that hard. I would have hard(ish) workouts, but even then most of the time I would cop out before it was over or if I did push through it would leave me feeling completely depleted. I'm probably basically spending the little bit of energy that is stored in my muscles within the first interval and then have nothing but fumes left for each consecutive interval...which explains why I keep petering out!!!!
Seriously, I can't believe it took me this long to make that realization.
So I'm going to start making sure I'm taking in some kind of energy gel before starting a hard workout from here on out and see how that goes...I'm hoping that with proper fueling I can push past the mental blocks of wanting to quit!!
So those of you that workout in the morning, do you eat something before you get started? If yes, what do you eat and does it depend on the type of activity/workout you are doing?