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1/14/11 11:00 P

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Edited by: FREEDOMSTAR at: 3/21/2011 (23:33)
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1/13/11 8:38 A

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If it's happening every time you run, then it may not be what you're eating since I assume you don't eat the same thing every day. It could be how much you're eating (i.e. not enough), so take a look at your calories in versus calories out on your running days, too. If you start under fueled, even a short run can be difficult.



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1/13/11 8:33 A

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I love my carbs so it's going to be a big change for me to improve my eating habits. But it's something I have to do in order to be effective in my training.

Dani

2011 Races:
3/19/11 Race For Grace 5K - 35:37
3/26/11 Just A Short Run 30K
5/15/11 Pittsburgh Marathon

PRs:
5K - 33:14
10K - 1:06:32
1/2 Marathon - 2:30:51
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1/12/11 4:47 P

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GLADGAD brought up some great points. Timing is important and if the bulk of that meal is simple carbs then you will probably bonk during that longer distances.

Don't dismiss her advice about seeing your Dr. if you continue to have issues. Runners (especially those like us who push beyond the 60 minute mark) tend to know their bodies better than non-runners and if yours is telling you something is wrong...maybe it is.


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1/12/11 1:58 P

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I don't really eat much protein so that's probably not it. On Monday, I ate some baked chicken, carrots, and noodles with gravy. I'm thinking it was the noodles with the low glycemic index that did me in. Perhaps something whole grain would work better?

I always eat lunch @ noon with a light snack in the afternoon (anywhere between 2:30 - 4). This is either an orange or a granola bar...or sometimes almonds. It all depends upon what I have in my lunch that day.

Dani

2011 Races:
3/19/11 Race For Grace 5K - 35:37
3/26/11 Just A Short Run 30K
5/15/11 Pittsburgh Marathon

PRs:
5K - 33:14
10K - 1:06:32
1/2 Marathon - 2:30:51
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1/12/11 1:12 P

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If you're eating a lot of protein (like meat), I can see that causing a problem. Before a workout I can have a little protein that is easily digestible (like cooking oatmeal using organic milk), but most of it needs to be carbs. For example, yogurt will feel like a rock in my stomach, and meat will make my stomach ache.

If you're just having something like fruit without any carbs, that will drop your blood sugar. If you're eating carbs with a low glycemic index, that could have the same effect. This would include white flour (breads, pastas, rice) and simple sugars.

How much time do you have between lunch or an afternoon snack and dinner? If it's been 4 or more hours, and you're only having a light dinner in anticipation of your run, then maybe you simply don't have enough to maintain your blood sugar. In that case you could try adding a healthy afternoon snack of 100-200 calories about 2 hours before dinner.

If you still have problems, then maybe get a blood test done to make sure you don't have blood sugar problems.

-Carolyn

"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
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1/12/11 12:55 P

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Two of my runs (treadmill 3-8 miles) during the week occur in the evening...usually 7 p.m. or shortly thereafter. I normally eat a regular dinner with the family and am finished by 5:30. Many times, by the time I'm partway through my run, I feel like my blood sugar is dropping. I'm wondering if it might be due to what I ate for dinner. What types of food should I be eating or should I wait until after to eat?

Edited by: D_CLEM at: 1/12/2011 (12:56)
Dani

2011 Races:
3/19/11 Race For Grace 5K - 35:37
3/26/11 Just A Short Run 30K
5/15/11 Pittsburgh Marathon

PRs:
5K - 33:14
10K - 1:06:32
1/2 Marathon - 2:30:51
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