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12/10/09 9:18 P

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I have one slice of whole grain bread with natural peanut butter and a glass of milk about an hour before I run. At 5:00 am though, if I was only doing 30-40 minutes I'd probably just have the milk or water. Who wants to get up an hour earlier than that, lol.

Like the other have said, just experiment and see what works for you.

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8/16/09 2:38 P

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Thanks for the info

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8/16/09 10:13 A

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Hello - a few days late on the "gel" conversation - but kids fruit chews work well, taste "ok", and are LOADS cheaper than "gu" or "gel"...both of which are well over $1.00 per packet.

I sometimes have nothing but water (3-4 miles), but if I'm doing five or more morning miles then I'll eat a Z Bar (kids version of Clif bars), or 15 almonds, or a packet of fruit chews.


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8/14/09 6:31 P

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I know -- I am really new to this but I think I can do it??? We will see!

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8/14/09 12:03 P

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so great to find this topic because it's exactly what i was looking for this morning....

today will be my first 'pushing the mileage run'....i run mondays and wednesdays 5 miles each...and now i dedicate my fridays to push my mileage...and then sat & sun off from cardio....tons of strength training, yoga and pilates and kick boxing thrown in there also....

i hesistated in eating a bowl of raisin bran this morning, wondering if i should just wait until after i get back from my endurance run....but decided to eat it anyway and just wait an hour before i head out the door...also, i got my latte in (i have to) and a big cup of water..and now i think i will down another for hydration sake....

this 1/2 marathon thing is so new to me...i am learning so much by reading all your posts...

thanks
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8/13/09 1:13 P

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LOL

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8/13/09 9:58 A

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Rick, where did you put the banana while you were running?! I am getting all sorts of mental images!

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thanks

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8/12/09 10:53 P

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A bananna with some peanut butter about 30 minutes before running. When I did my marathon, I brought the bananna with me and ate it between miles 2 and 3. It seemed to carry me well.

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2. Walk 300 miles
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326 miles Trainer
522 miles Road

4. Run the 10 mile Lighthouse Run in less than 90'

5. Get my 5K time to less than 25'

6. Complete at least 1 century bicycle ride

7. Complete at least 1 Pull-up
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8/11/09 12:46 P

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Thanks for all the advice!! you have helped me get started with a.m. runs.

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If I'm going for a long run, I will have a bowl of cereal or a slice of toast before I head off. I don't really do any runs longer than 10 miles, so I don't need to eat much more than that.

During the week I run before work, so I have my breakfast, then drive to work and head out for my run. Afterwords, I will have a snack to stop me feeling hungry until my tea-break.

With regards to gels, they don't work for me, because my gag reflex doesn't allow it! lol A fellow co-worker advised me to use jelly beans or jelly babies for my longer runs.

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8/10/09 6:43 P

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I'm a morning runner and I always have a banana and peanut butter and when I get back my breakfast is a smoothie/with protein in it. Not one bought it's home made.

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Indianapolis 2008 2:10 (9:55 min mile)
Nashville 2009 2:16:48
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Quad 2009 2:22:14
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Indianapolis 2009 2:17:56 pace of 10:30
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8/10/09 6:30 P

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Laura - there are several easy to digest, portable options for taking with you on a run... sport beans (like jelly beans), blocks (a big gummy block) and gels, which are just carbohydrates in a gel form.

You don't really need to refuel while running unless you are running for about 90 minutes or more.





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8/10/09 6:27 P

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I have seen several mentions of the gel-- what is a gel and where do you get them?


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8/10/09 3:36 P

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It really depends on your body. I've found that I need to eat, though not necessarily a full meal, before I start a workout and can't do any type of steady physical activity for more than about 1.5 hrs without my blood sugar dropping. My sister and I walked a half marathon in June and I figured out during training that I had to carefully monitor my blood sugar, but she didn't have any issues with hers.

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8/10/09 3:31 P

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I don't think I'd have much energy either way at 5:00 a.m. LOL!

As others have said, you should be fine with something very light or nothing at all up to an hour or so run, but you should make sure to have some water since you've gone without anything to drink over the night. You might want to bring water with you if your run will be more than 30-45 minutes (depending on your comfort level).

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I always try to have at least a piece of fruit, and 2 glasses of water before I start out.

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8/10/09 3:23 P

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Laura,

If I have a short run, less than an hour, I can get by with a banana and then come back and eat the rest of my breakfast. However, for my LSD runs I eat my oatmeal, walnuts, and blueberries about an hour out and then hit the trail, bringing some refueling source with me. It may take some trial and error on your part to see how your running and digestion go together. I wish you well!

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Hi Laura - I run in the AM as well and I don't eat before. My energy level is fine. If I'm going for a longer run (more than 12 miles), I may have some fruit before leaving the house and I will take a gel with me.

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I start back to school next week so I will have to get up at 5 a.m. to run-- I have a question about eating should I eat before I run or will it be ok to eat after running? If I don't eat before I run what will my energy level be?

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