Natural Long Run Fuel

Look what’s on the calendar for Tuesday. Eeek.

I confess, I’m a bit excited though. The longest run my training plan is threatening me with is 20 miles next Tuesday and I’m almost there. (No guarantees there won’t be a whiny post next Monday though… or for the future 20 milers.)

Don’t be thrown off by the 75 days till race day, I don’t actually have a race yet. Long story but not sure where I’ll be this summer, so decided to get marathon ready, then keep it going (and get faster?? dreaming…) until everything lines up for 26.2 miles of fun and smiles.

So I’ve been reading lots of runner’s stories and stalkingreading Runner’s World to figure out how to eat and drink along the way.  Most resources suggest a snack at least an hour before, 100 calories after about an hour of running, then 100 calories every 45 minutes after that. (You mean I get to eat more? Yippee!) And of course water and replacing electrolytes after 90 minutes.

Never mind the fact I haven’t found sports gels and bars here, I’d rather go with all natural versions anyway.

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For fuel ideas, I’ve heard of bananas, energy bars, homemade gels, all sorts. Of course my favourite book Thrive has great recipes, and I love Averie’s No Bake Peanut Butter Protein bars. I skipped the raisins and chocolate in the ones pictured above, and have made them without the protein before too. So yum! Even Isaac loves them, if you can believe that. Or just good ole raisins for the win, which I have yet to try on a run. (Though not the entire 450g bag pictured… could you imagine…)

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As far as electrolyte replacements, I have tested out and liked Nuun, but obviously have a limited supply! I have yet to try the easy to make sport drink recipes with OJ, sugar, salt, lemon juice and water, but will test it out and let you know. (You’re on the edge of your seats aren’t you.)

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Tuesday I’ll be trying out coconut water, the bottled kind, though the fresh stuff is available in the market. Sellers with carts full ready to hack open and hand you a  super fresh coconut. Can’t wait to try this, but it’s not exactly at the right place in my route this time, and not 100% guaranteed to be there when I am.

Now I just have to prepare my mind. Oh and run 18 miles.

That’s all.

Of course I am no expert, these are some ideas and recipes I have tried or want to try. I’d love to hear any ideas or suggestions!

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3 Responses to Natural Long Run Fuel

  1. misszippy says:

    I think it’s pretty cool that you are tapping into natural sources for fuel. We’re all so spoiled here w/ readily available stuff that we’d never experiment like that. Let us know how it goes!

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