Last year, many of you remember that I was moaning about the end of my favorite flavor (and only flavor that I eat) PowerBar – my beloved Banana! I had eaten them for years (and I mean a lot of years) before my long runs and before races.
All of a sudden, there I was trying to find a replacement for pre-run nutrition. I spent several weeks purchasing and trying out different things. Nothing that I tried seemed to work – or tasted as good as my Banana PowerBars. Maybe I was being a little hard-headed – but, oh, well…..
Anyway, one day I was thinking about it – again. And, then a super brilliant thought popped into my head. Go back to being old school. I’m old school with my running in so many ways – why not with my pre-run snack.
So, I went out and bought a bag of bagels. (I love the bagel thins). Ate one with some peanut butter before a long run – and it was great! It seemed to be just what I was looking for! I’m so happy!
If you are wondering – bagels and peanut butter are a great choice for runners. Bagels are an excellent pre-race food. They are rich in carbs and easily digested. You can eat it dry – but, I prefer it with peanut butter.
Here’s why peanut butter works. It’s makes you feel full much longer after you’ve eaten it – it stays with you. Also, peanut butter is a super source of niacin and folic acid – they help convert food to energy. This helps helps keep your energy level up during a long run or race.
I like to eat an hour before heading out. You don’t want the food to be too heavy in your stomach – but, you still want to be able to get the energy from it. An hour works perfectly for me.
So, I’m back to being a Happy Camper with my pre-run eating again! I still think it’s good to be old school!