Pre-Long Run/Race Eating – Back To Old School

Pre run eatingLast 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!




Running Tips – When To Ice And When To Use Heat On Running Injuries

  You’ve been out for a run and something just doesn’t feel right. You don’t want to get an injury that will keep you off the roads – so you want to take care of this as soon as you get it. But, should you ice the injury or use heat on it?  Here are tips for knowing which to do. Basically running injuries will break down into two categories – acute or chronic. Acute injuries are those that have just happened – within 72 hours. During this time period, the injured area will be inflamed. Chronic injuries are those ongoing and still giving you a little problem after 4-5 days – but usually there is no inflammation. During the acute stage of your running injury is when you want to ice. Icing the area will help numb the pain and will help with decreasing the swelling as ice constricts blood … {Continue Reading… }

Be Your Own Runner

I’ve been toying with writing about this subject for awhile – and know that I’m going to rile up some people – but, there’s some things that I want to address. I follow several running groups on Facebook – and I love the community and reading about everyone’s accomplishments.  However, sometimes I see some things that worry me.  So many runners out there are always looking for something different than what they are currently doing. Here’s what I mean.  A runner is happily running along in their certain pair of shoes.  Someone posts how marvelous their shoes performed on their run that day.  Suddenly runner #1 has to try those shoes – which may or may not be right for them.  Word of advice here – go to a good running store and get fitted by a professional.  Runner’s feet are like snowflakes – no two are the same.  So, … {Continue Reading… }

Review Of Jabees Beating Bluetooth Ear Buds

Yesterday, on my 12-miler, I tried something that I’ve never done before.  I didn’t take my beloved ipod shuffle on my run, but used my phone for music with wireless ear buds.  No, I haven’t crossed over to the dark side of taking my phone on every run – let me explain!   Last year, after I scared Hubby with my chest issues (see for explanation), he made me promise to take my phone with me whenever I was out for more than 90 minutes.  I tried to make my case that I had my RoadId on and if something happened – I wouldn’t be able to use my phone anyway.  (He loves that I wear my RoadId on every run!)  Anyway, I caved because I figured that if I was out for over 90 minutes, I’d want water, so I could just wear my CamelBak and tuck my phone in it. … {Continue Reading… }

Glad To Know What’s Been Wrong With Me!

The last few weeks have been challenging – to say the least.  We hired a new General Manager at the DQ to hopefully take some of the burden off of Hubby and me.  Well, after 3 days – he stopped showing up.  Just as well, he didn’t want to listen as I was training him and could only talk about all the things that we do wrong.  Hmmm, we’ve been in business there for over 16 years – we must be doing something right. Anyway, in addition to that, my chest problems started resurfacing again.  Remember, my problem when I was to run the Outer Banks Marathon in November?  Here’s a reminder: In January, my doctor and I decided that I was overly stressed (go figure) and put me on some medication.  Up until last week, it worked. Last Monday night, I started getting that pressure again in my … {Continue Reading… }

Interviews With Awesome Runners – Melissa Trapani

It’s time for another interview with an awesome runner!  Today, we learn a little more about Melissa Trapani.  She’s a physical therapist.  I wish she lived closer – I’d become a client! Here’s Melissa! ———————————————————————————————————————————- I am 36 years old. I have an Associates for Science in Criminal Justice. I am certified to practice in massage therapy. My specialty is sports massage. I am looking forward to continue my education for my license to practice all forms of massage.. But become completely specialized in sports and debilitating alignments. I have a huge passions and calling with nature and have severe empathic abilities. So I first initially ran for 3 years then had a work related back injury that took me down from everything for 6 years. Devastating to say the least. After that 6 years enough was enough and have been back up and running as of this September will … {Continue Reading… }

Why You’ll Never See Me Running On The Trails

Yes, you read that right.  I know that is blasphemy to some runners – but, it’s the way that I feel. And, it’s not a knee jerk reaction to the time that I tried to run a trail (OK, maybe it is!).  In case you missed that – you need to read this post: That run was not a pleasant experience for me.  But, hear me out and understand where I’m coming from. First of all, I don’t need tree roots and rocks to make me trip and fall.  I can trip and fall where there is absolutely nothing to cause it.  Which brings me to another post where I talk about my fall and the first stitches that I ever got in my life.  Another humorous story (well, now it is) can be found here: So, you can see that I really don’t need the added pressure … {Continue Reading… }

Heading Back To The Roads From The Treadmill

Ah, yes…..March is here!  And, that means that Spring and warmer weather can’t be too far behind!  I will be so happy to see the warmer weather! Many runners take to the treadmills during the winter months for their runs.  Now, it’s time to get those runs back outside.  BUT, there’s a right way to do it.  Just hitting the roads doing the same kind of workouts that you were doing on the treadmill can cause problems.  You want to make sure that you start heading outside slowly. When you go back to running on the roads – it will be a little rougher on your joints.  This is because the treadmill is a much more forgiving surface than asphalt.  (A reason to hit the treadmill if you are recovering from something).  And, you will be working harder for your runs since you don’t have the belt of the treadmill … {Continue Reading… }

Interviews With Awesome Runners – Mike Knapp

It’s Awesome Runner Interview Time!  This week, we are going to learn a little more about Mike Knapp – another member of the Slow Runners Club on Facebook.  Don’t forget to check them out! Now, let’s hear from Mike!  (I already like him – he’s a fellow Bill Rodgers fan – even though I remember when Bill was running in his prime)   ——————————————————————————————————————————– I live in Bartlett, IL (outside of Chicago) am married and we have a blended family of four boys ranging from ages 15-20 – two of them are in college and two are in high school. Both of my boys are runners and my oldest son, Matt, ran in the state cross country meet once and the state track meet (4×800 relay) twice. I work in an IT position but my real passion is writing. I was a part-time/freelance sportswriter in the Chicago area for 15 … {Continue Reading… }

Watch Your Running Attitude

First of all – y’all know that I totally believe in positive attitude in all things.  Many years ago, I heard someone say – “Attitude is a choice, pick a good one”.  That has always stuck with me. We choose whether to be positive or negative.  The definition of attitude is the dominant beliefs and opinions which govern behavior or action.  Everyone has attitude – whether they realize it or not. And, this goes with running as well.  There are many runners who sabotage their running and their races without even knowing it.  They have these little voice inside of their head that tells them that they can’t do something – whether it’s a hard workout, a long run or a race.  If you’ve ever seen any of my short motivational videos on YouTube, you know I talk a lot about not listening to that little voice inside of your … {Continue Reading… }