Good morning! In case you didn’t have time last week to read this random blog about food, babies and running… I’ll share with you the top three most viewed posts:
We had a special day yesterday!
Skye had her baby blessing at church yesterday!
I took this picture before church started… I think she was really excited to have a day that was all about her and to have all of our family come to celebrate. Andrew gave her the blessing and it was beautiful and very special—> it was a day that I prayed for, for many years!
After church, our families came over to celebrate with food.
Skye loves her grandmas!
We decided to do a big brunch for everyone and Andrew made a ton of pancakes and waffles.
We topped them with fruit and syrup!
We also had donuts too.
If my oldest niece is around, she wants to hold Skye the entire time. They are already forming quite the bond.
Hello from my sister because you haven’t seen her for a while. We both are into floral dresses as you can tell.
Some of the kids played outside for awhile too. Everyone left carb-loaded and ready for a Sunday nap.
We had another family get-together at night (not sure if you noticed, we kind of like getting all together and eating food). It was my nephew’s birthday so we celebrated with hamburgers and salad.
The highlight was going on a long walk together!
I’ve got a few thoughts about nutrition/hydration while running that I wanted to talk about today!
*If you are ever running a course where you won’t be coming across water fountains—> go out the night before your long run and hide a few water bottles. I did this on Friday night so that Candice and I would have water at 2 separate spots (and since we did an out and back course we came across our water 4 times). You can store your water near an area that has trash cans or pick them up after your run.1 This way you don’t have to carry a water bottle and it made it easy to stop, grab some water and take our gels. I’m really wanting to get my body used to eating and drinking while running.
*My favorite gels arrived from Amazon. Huma gels are back in my life. Back when I was going through a million GI problems, I switched from gu to these and they were so much better on my stomach. On Saturday I had the Mango and Raspberry ones. While I was eating my first one I was taking it slowly (and not loving life even though I think they do taste better than other options) and Candice told me to just take it all at once and it would be better, she was right. So instead of slowly taking them I am just taking them all in one or two shots to get it over with ha.
*Like I said last week, I really think that my nutrition before the race and during the race is going to be the thing that is going to really help me out in the marathon. I want a solid plan. I don’t want to wing things anymore and I want to know exactly what is going to work for me and use it on race day.
My question about running while eating is WHY IS IT SO HARD?! During the day (and at night;) it is ridiculously easy for me to eat. I can consume hundreds of calories in minutes and enjoy every second of it ha.
But then you get me running—> oh my goodness, eating is a chore. It’s hard to chew while I’m gasping for air or take a gel when they sound awful.
The solution to this—> Practice makes perfect or practice makes it a little easier for my stomach to take in energy and turn that energy into speedy legs while I’m running. I’m practicing once a week right now and I’m sure that this practice will happen more and more when I have longer runs during the week too. There is no perfect answer for all of us when it comes to our running nutrition, it’s a matter of trial and error and figuring out exactly what our body handles best, how much and how often!
Here are a few reasons why eating is pretty tough during the run (from this article):
Does food/eating sound awful to you too while you are running? How does your stomach handle food while you are running? Have any tips/tricks to share—> WE WOULD ALL BENEFIT from them!
Have any really great or really awful fueling while running stories to share?
Have any goals for this week?
What was the best part of your weekend?