Do Not Run on an Empty Stomach

Ok, so just a few days after I wrote about how much running at lunch works for me I had probably one of my worst runs at lunch ever. I don’t like to eat my lunch before the run, but on the days that I am doing a lunch time run I eat a banana or a granola bar before heading out. This helps provide me with some energy as I tend to eat breakfast pretty early and by the time the run comes along, I am out of juice! Today however I did not eat prior to heading out – I had a meeting that took me right up to the lunch hour and once it was done I was in a rush to get out the door. I forgot to eat.

The first mile was fine, but all of a sudden I had a moment like those old Gatorade commercials – I totally and completely bonked. I felt light headed and it was all I could do to keep my legs running forward. I ended up having to walk a good portion of the run, which for me feels like I totally lost a day training. I have never felt this before. I really had zero energy left to run. Just goes to show you how important nutrition is during any training program.

For these runs I am going to somehow try to remember to eat before heading out – I do not want this to happen again. I think what I will do is put the granola bar in the pocket of my shorts when I pack by bag the night before. This way I will not have to remember to grab it off my desk before going to change. I guess I will just need to write this training day off and learn from it.