Tomorrow, we run our first 8 mile run.  Ever.  Both of us are going out of town for the weekend, and I know I will NOT run that while I’m relaxing with my friends.

That being said, we are meeting at 4:30am to do this, so we can knock it out of the way.  I’m nervous, but we are about 5 weeks away from the River City Half Marathon.

Because I’m so new at this…not the running, but the keeping track of every mile, etc., (I don’t own a Garmin), I’m sort of clueless on the kind of food that I need so that I won’t, you know…lose it while I’m running.  Here are my questions:

  1. What do you eat the night before you run?
  2. Do you “cleanse” your body before the race?
  3. How often to you hydrate during the run?
  4. Do you Gu?  And, when…during the race?
  5. What do you eat the morning of the run?

I have this terrible habit of thinking “I have to go…” during any run.  I’m awfully nervous when we have a planned run in the country…and yeah, I’ve done that in an almond field when I really had no other option.

So, I’m asking for nutrition advice today.  I woke up in the middle of the night last night doing the 8 miles in my head. 

Our route takes us over the freeway, to the County Club, past our *namesake* park, to Flying J, and Starbucks #1.  We go back over the freeway, down Main, past Starbucks #2, down by the Community Park and almost home.

I’m anticipating an 1:45 time.  I’m just not fast.  But, I so want to finish this, and do the Half.  I am so worried that I’ll give up again!!!

Thanks for your help!

PS-The great State of California did not take away my Driver’s License, but I am, for the first time in my 50 years, on Probation for a year.  There’s a first time for everything, I guess.

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6 thoughts on “Runners: C’mere.

  1. While I am not an expert by any means, for the most part I go out and run and thats all I would think you don’t want much at all on your stomach right before you run. Its not like you are going to have an hour to digest anything before hitting the road. have water available at the 5 mile mark and if you like the GU and feel comfortable using it I guess you could do that, but not before an hour into the run.

    I guess what you eat tonight is what is important, proten, lean and complex carbs,

    You can and will do it!

  2. You may be putting too much pressure on yourself. Eat a regular meal the night before, eat small amount of carbs-protein hour before run (half bagel with pb). Drinking only need happen for run over 1 hour (usually)…I drink 4 oz every 20-30 minutes, starting at 45 minutes into the run. In a race, longer than an hour, drink 4-8 oz at every water stop. Someone with much more experience can give you more detaled, better advice….but this will get your started.

  3. You should take my answers with a grain of salt because I’m not a good eater and all that jazz but here ya go:

    1) Whatever I want
    2) Normally nerves takes care of that
    3) Take a swig at every mile or 2
    4) Gels: 1 15 mins pre race and then every 40-45 minutes after that
    5) Normal bland breakfast of Cheerios and milk or something similar. Whatever I know won’t make me have to take a poo on the run LOL (ie: anything low sugar)

  4. well I think I am late since its tomorrow… but here are my answers 🙂

    1. the night before long runs/races I eat pasta (other runs, normal food)
    2. yes with the help of coffee and nerves, I always go
    3. I am a sipper every mile… I always wear my fuel belt and when the mile mark comes I sip. I believe that hydrating early will help you in the end.
    4. Yes I am GUer. In a half I usually take them around 4.5 and 9 miles.
    5. Morning of long runs/races I drink a cup of coffee, have an english muffin with peanut butter and then a banana.

    hope that helps 🙂

  5. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. It’s just a traiing run. One of the purposes of these runs is to help you practice the “whole enchilada”. So, anything that *you* want to try before and during this run you should.

    #1 – There’s no reason to carb load. At the pace you are talking about, you will not really be tapping into your glycogen reserves in a manner that pasta (or other carbs the night before) are going to help. So just have a normal meal tonight.
    #2 – Follow your normal routine tomorrow AM. Get a cup of coffee (if you normally do). Maybe consider a bagel or two. A bagel with cream cheese will provide about 300 calories (per bagel) that your body will be able to use on the run. Heck, my favorite “meal” before a race is a nice glazed donut!
    #3 – Finally – take water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Hydrate often. There are certainly enough places you are running by you can stop if necessary.
    #4 – If you want to try a gel or something like that, go ahead. That’s what these runs are for! 8 miles is not far enough or long enough for the 100 calories a gel provides to do a lot of good – but sometimes the sugar/caffeine can help! Take one about an hour into your run if you think you need it.

    Finally – have you heard – the Dodgers are going to look at Pedro Martinez for pitching help! Yikes! Have fun! Enjoy the early morning sights and sounds!

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