Real Food for Running Fuel

Have you tried something other than the usual gels or chews on the run? I read an article about some foods and drinks that might be helpful for runners, like pickle juice. I've tried that, beet juice and cherry juice, too. That's because I won some Cheribundi cherry juice from Maine Mom on the Run!

In the past, I've eaten pretzels, raisins, dates, dried apricots and bananas.

I ate rice on today's run. I added honey to my leftover white rice in hopes that I could make rice balls, but they wouldn't hold together so I ate the mixture anyway, not wanting to waste the honey like I did last time!  Surprisingly, it tasted okay - even if there was cilantro in it. (Leftovers!) I had about 3 tablespoons rice and a teaspoon honey divided up at miles 7 and 11.

The weather was nice today - the humidity was low so I felt great on my 15 mile run. It was like being on vacation in some other place than southeast Texas. When I finished the run, I felt like I could have run farther.

Comments

  1. I am trying to picture this, but I need more details! How did you carry the rice? Did you eat it with your hands? I would love to have rice with me as a solid food (it works well with my bad stomach) but it just seems so messy and difficult to manage during a run.

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    1. Oh, I meant to include that - I put the rice in a small plastic bag. Then I ate from the bag like you would a personal bag of trail mix - from bag to mouth.

      If I had been successful at making rice balls, I was going to try plastic wrap or foil.

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  2. I love eating foods and biscuits and almost anything while running. Especially during ultras. Then I eat food instead of gels. Nougat and chocolate add the sweet part and almost anything else for food. Peanut butter sandwiches are always a favorite.

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    1. I don't know if this is anything like what you would eat on the run, but I found a recipe that looks like it would be delicious: Crunchies – Traditional South African Oatmeal Cookie Bars http://bit.ly/15d4xSy.

      I forgot that I've eaten peanut butter and jam sandwiches, too. I had to do a search on my blog!

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  3. Cherry juice sounds delicious!
    I love taking a few pieces of dried fruit with me when I run after work cos I get hungry!

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    1. Cherry juice is delicious, but it's very tart and sweet. It would be hard to drink two cups a day like I think they did in this study: http://runnersconnect.net/running-nutrition-articles/tart-cherry-juice-for-body-pain-in-runners. The study showed that the juice may reduce pain. I can only drink about 1/2 cup at a time unless I mix it into a smoothie, but the 12 cups (bottles) I was sent will last a long time that way!

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  4. I've tried a lot of different things because I always have trouble eating while running. My biggest problem is finding things that are easy to carry and eat while running. How do you carry 'real' foods when you run? Baggies in your pockets?

    I'm totally curious about Cherry juice!

    Congrats on the great run!

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    1. Small bags in my pockets and my Spibelt works for me.

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  5. I never have tried anything else, but as my mind starts to move towards ultra events, I'm sure I'm going to have to think about it.

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    1. I've gotten some of my ideas for "real food" from ultrarunners. One other food one ultrarunner mentioned was peanut butter. You can buy those in packets here.

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    2. Yeah I figured PB&J sandwiches might be a good thing to munch on for me.

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  6. Interesting options! I've only been running for less than two years but I'm already getting tired of gels, might have to try some alternatives sometime soon :)

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    1. Other options are nice when you run a lot!

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  7. You need sticky rice to make rice balls otherwise they don't work! Real food to eat on the run sounds like a healthy trend.

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    1. It's fun to experiment with new foods, too, as long as all goes well!

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  8. Did you feel any different eating rice on your run vs. what you'd been eating before? I'm always curious to hear how changes in fueling strategies work for other runners. I'm jealous you won all of that Cheribundi! I keep looking for it in stores in my area because I really want small, portable bottles of tart cherry juice, but haven't had any luck. All I can find are big bottles.

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    1. I didn't feel any different. Fortunately for me, I usually feel okay when I try new foods. I did notice that I felt better on a recent warm run when I consumed more carbohydrates compared to another warm run when I took in less. That's why I took in more carbohydrates in my last marathon. I don't know if it helped because there are so many factors to consider, though!

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  9. I love that you are sharing the different things you are trying on your long runs. Keep it coming!

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    1. I know what you mean! I like to see what other runners eat, too. I can always use new ideas!

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  10. I have never used any fuel while running (half marathons are my longest race) but now that I am marathon training, I trying out gels but they are pretty gross! I thought that other fuel sources aren't as good due the fact that they don't have the electrolytes. Is this true?

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    1. How great that you're training for your first marathon! You can get electrolytes from lots of food, not just food made for sports. Since it's hard to carry a lot of food during a race, I'd try some other options during training like a sports drink, chews, Powerbar energy blasts or sports jelly beans. Those would be easy to carry during a race.

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  11. I like the sound of that cherry juice. Interesting!
    Unless I'm going to be running over 2 hours, I'm more of a quick energy person (like gels, beans, chomps). Real foods such as bananas, etc. (although better for you as a whole nutrition source) take too long to digest and when you run as early as I do in the morning, you need something to kick in quick.

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    1. Thanks for bringing that up about the food needing time to digest. That's a really important point!

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    2. Interesting you bought the digestion time - I had an arugula, barley and avocado salad about 2 hrs before a 4 mile run thinking that it would have been digested by then but I forgot that the fat in the avocado takes longer to digest and my run was terrible with horrible bloat and pains! I am sticking to quick acting carbs next time.

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  12. this is peferct timing! i'm taking notes from all these comments too! with cutting out processed sugar for the month of july, i'm wondering what to use for fuel on long runs. i was hoping something more besides PB! haah!! thanks for all the tips and info!

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