Pre-run Snacking

Yesterday I took a day off from running. We didn’t get as much snow as they predicted (although up in the Shenandoah Valley area, north of us, they got 15+ inches!), but it was really cold and windy. I figured since I had already adjusted my weekly running schedule with plans of taking Wednesday off, I’d just stick to that. Plus I didn’t really care to run in below freezing temperatures with wind gusts up to 50 MPH. I did do my level 2 workout of the 30 Day shred yesterday morning. Our puppy, Scout, sure knows how to spend the morning inside and out of the wind. This is how she slept for about 2 hours yesterday morning:

Before work this morning I did Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, level 2 workout. My legs and shoulders really seem to get a good workout with this level, as they are burning by the end. I think all the jumping moves during the cardio parts work my calves and quads in ways that running usually doesn’t. Kind of the point of cross training, right? I have two days left at level 2, and then it’ll be time to step up to level 3!

The weatherman was way wrong about the forecast today. He said high’s in the mid-40’s and partly sunny. It never got above 32 degrees today and it was cloudy and windy. Good try, though….
After work I ran a little over 4 miles with Barry. It ended up being my fastest run of the week, at 9:39 pace. I have been doing something a little different this week, and I think it’s been the reason my running has gone well. I have been eating a snack, such as a granola bar, about 10-15 minutes before I head out to run. I feel like it’s really helping me feel energized, or at least keeping me from feeling like I have an empty stomach. Today I ate a Power Bar before my run.

There’s something exciting happening this weekend (well, I think it’s exciting, anyway) that’s non-running related. You will have to wait and see what it is! I hope it doesn’t end up being a disappointment, haha.

Have you done the 30 Day Shred workouts? What did you think of level 3?

Do you snack before a run? If so, how soon beforehand and what do you like to eat?

9 thoughts on “Pre-run Snacking”

  1. I have never done a thing by Jillian but everyone loves her videos. I might have to try. I love Honey Stinger Waffles and maybe a banana about a half hour before I run. It provides perfect energy.

    1. You should try one! The 30 day shred is the only one I’ve done, but I like it.I’ve heard of the Honey Stinger Waffles, but I’ve never tried one. People seem to really like them, so I think I’ll have to give them a try!

  2. Oh Scout!! That pic is so funny!I often snack before I run, as I commonly go around 5 or 6 and I’m hungry. I’ll usually eat peanut butter and chocolate chips or celery and peanut butter. Or, trail mix. Or, cereal, Or, really anything. I’ve found my stomach to be pretty tough as long as I’m not running hard.

    1. That’s the same time I usually run, in the evening. I think a snack will be a must from now on. I dream of having a tough stomach!

  3. Your dog is adorable. If I’m heading out for a run shorter than 4-5 miles, I generally don’t snack unless I’m already hungry, but for runs longer than 6 miles, I tend to have a snack about 30 minutes before I head out. I try to stick to solids (granola bars, bananas) and away from dairy-based products and acidic foods (like green apples and citrus). On runs longer than 8 miles, I also always bring something with me like Shot Blocks. I don’t always use it, but I like to bring it just in case.

    1. I bring Shot Blocks, too, on longer runs. For me, it’s any run that will take more than an hour (so pretty much anything over 6). They’re pretty much the only thing I’ve found that I can eat during a run without having any issues.

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