Eat and Run
Only an hour before running my 13 miler (2 1/4 hour run), I ate a large roll topped with peanut butter and jam (325 calories and 50 carbs). I ate yogurt and cherries before my 10 miler (2 x 15 minutes of hard running with 1 minute rest).
Running so soon after eating has worked for me before shorter runs so I wanted to try it for longer runs after reading that ultrarunner Stephanie Howe thinks that you can train your body to eat close to race time. I'd like to avoid waking up early to eat 2-3 hours before races begin!
The Cookie Test
Instead of taking a gel for my runs, I took a large sugar cookie with me. For the 13 miler, I ate a cookie quarter at miles 5, 7, 9 and 11. For my 10 miler, I ate half of a cookie. I don't usually have sugar cookies in my pantry so it seemed like a good time to try this cookie test. Besides, they always have cookies at ultras and I'm training for a 50K!
I didn't have any stomach troubles so I'll continue my eat-and-run experimenting before my November 22 race. That means more sleep for me!
I'm not planning on running the Soler's Sports Texas Trails 50K Endurance Run only on cookies, but it was a fun experiment!
Have you done any testing with food that is not usually considered running fuel during your run?