7.87 miles in 1:13, hills, great weather (today)
This morning, I had a fantastic run. At the beginning of the week, a massive rain/thunderstorm came through central TX, which brought us very welcome rain and cleared out the humidity. Since Tuesday afternoon it has been sunny, dry and gorgeous. I'm savoring every moment, as I know what could be coming very soon...
I wanted to talk about food, specifically refueling post run. Obviously, eating nutritious food shortly after an intense workout will speed recovery, reduce injure and make you feel fantastic! What one eats post-run can vary a lot person to person based on preferences, calorie needs, and dietary needs. I did, however, want to put out there what I typically choose to eat after I run.
Most of my runs are in the morning and I typically do not eat before I run, because it bothers my stomach. When I get back, I am in serious need of breakfast. I have found that approximately 500 calories is a good size breakfast for me and carries me through until lunch. I also find that my body (in general) craves carbs, especially at the beginning of the day, so my breakfasts are always carb-heavy. During the week, I have two, go-to breakfasts; oatmeal and a smoothie with toast. Both of these are fast, highly nutritious, made from whole foods and delicious.
Although I have tried rolled oats and steel cut oats, believe it or not, I prefer the instant oats. I buy plain, instant oats in the bulk section of the grocery store and boil water on the stove in the morning which I mix in to my desired consistency. I typically eat 1 cup of oats with tsp of white sugar, and 1 tablespoon of flax seeds. I then add 1-2 servings of fruit including banana, berries, apple and raisins, depending on my mood and what I have in the house. I will also add nuts, especially walnuts and pecans and occasionally chocolate chips if I want something extra sweet.
How do you refuel your runs?