This weekend I’m running the Borgess Run for the Health of It Half Marathon. I’ve been training since early February with run camp and I’m really excited for the race. This will be my 3rd time running the Borgess half so I hope to at least beat my previous times and maybe get under the 2:00 hr mark.
A big part of running is good nutrition! Not just before and after but during for longer races (I would say any race over 1 hr requires some sort of fuel). Fueling during running is a very individual thing. It takes some major trial and error to see what works for you. I’m going to share what works for me but know that everyone is different with what their stomach’s can handle while running. Practice your fueling strategy during your training runs!
I remember before my first half when I was a running newbie I carbo loaded the morning of (rookie mistake!). I think I ate oatmeal and a bagel?? Such a bad idea and I had some major GI distress during that race. Nowadays I stick to my typical breakfast of a smoothie. I’ve been drinking smoothies before all my long runs with no problems so I know I should be safe. I might also have a handful of pretzels for some extra salt since it looks like it is going to be warm. The night before I like to eat a sweet potato and some lean protein (probably chicken or fish) and lots of water!
During the race, I am going with Gu. I’ve used Gu frequently in the past and it works for me. Some people are not a fan of the texture but I don’t mind it. My favorite flavor is Salted Caramel (dessert while running – win-win!). My plan is to carry 3 Gu with me for the race. I may take one about 10 minutes before the race starts if I’m feeling hungry and then two during. If I don’t take one before, it’s good to have an extra since I have dropped them without realizing it before. I also know that this race typically hands out Gu so I also have that backup. The typical recommendation is to take in some nutrition every 40-45 minutes or so.
So my tentative plan is:
1 Gu at mile 4, 2nd Gu at mile 8
I will also try to drink water at every stop for the first half and then switch to a sports drink for the 2nd half of the race. If it is super hot, I might drink sports drink a little earlier.
After the race, I’ll eat whatever they give out, usually chocolate milk and fruit, plus I’ll bring along some Gatorade. I find that if I don’t drink Gatorade after a long run I get the worst running hangover with a pounding headache so that’s a must for me.
I’m going to old school and plan on using my iPod during the run so I don’t have to carry my phone. I only have about 1.5 hours worth of music since I usually like to wait until at least 5-6 miles into the race before turning it on. The first couple songs are sort of slow so I might skip those or they are useful if I think I’m going out too fast.
Good luck to all those fellow runners out there! It looks like it is going to be a great day for a run!
Be Happy, Be Healthy!