Running fuels can be tricky: the only way to figure out what really works best is via trial and error, sometimes, at the expense of your tummy. However, after plenty of time and experimentation, I’ve figured out the things that give me the energy I need to get out there and run my heart out.
First up is nut butter. Right now, I’m using peanut butter, but I also love almond or cashew butter. I grab about 1/2 teaspoon before I head out for a morning run, just to get a little something in my stomach. It sits well and for me, it digests easily. Ten out of ten: perfect for my needs.
I am all about the beige foods when prepping for a run and bagels are a favorite, for sure. For running days, I prefer them plain or with the tiniest bit of cream cheese for protein. Too much dairy isn’t great for my stomach when I’m moving. I bring a bagel with me when I’m going to a race, where I’ll have more time between my wakeup and when I start running.
Bananas are really a perfect food. They give just enough energy and substance to be great prior to (and after) a run or race. I love that they are convenient to grab and carry, and I also love that they are light and don’t make me feel too heavy after eating.
I much prefer to chew my fuel, so Honey Stinger Waffles are an absolute staple in my long run game. Light and just sweet enough, these give sustained energy, and taste great, too! I prefer the Cookies and Cream, but they are all pretty yummy.
Sometimes, running fuels needs to be in a super easily ingestible form: enter HoneyStinger gels. I love that these are convenient to tote in a pocket, belt, or sports bra. They’re not too thick, about the consistency of honey. And they aren’t too sweet either. The variety pack is a great way to try them all, but the Fruit Smoothie is my fave (and I say that as a chocolate lover).
What’s your favorite running fuel?
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