I accidentally found myself (due to my pride and stubbornness) running 12.4 miles last Saturday. We met at 5 a.m. to begin an out-n-back on a trail alongside a beautiful lake. It felt magical and invigorating... until about mile 9. My body seemed to be shutting down. I entered 'automatic pilot' mode. I wondered why I didn't have more strength. I went to bed late the night before. I had been eating sweets like a ravenous wolf - for weeks. Did I need new shoes?
I found this article: 7 Healthy Foods for Runners. I clicked on it because my husband and I do not especially like pasta, but I was immediately grabbed by the first sentence: "One of the most important factors in distance training is what you put in your body." The pain from last Saturday - post-race - flooded into my memory. I was certain that my body's lack of energy was exacerbated by my constant snacking on sweets - for a lengthy amount of time - prior to the run. Here is the list from the article of some foods that "will help keep you energized":
Black rice (with honey)
Brussels sprouts (the only vegetable I still cannot quite swallow down)
Greek yogurt (more protein than regular yogurt)
Eggs (we get a lot of these - so many that we should have our own chicken coop)
Trail mix (with dried fruit, nuts and seeds)
Maple syrup (the real stuff)
Broccoli (in the article it's referred to as a "nutritional powerhouse")
(These are besides the usual foods: pasta, bagels with peanut butter, and bananas.)
It's worth a try, right? I think so because I would love to join these girls on a run again - and they don't seem to be running under 10 miles - ever again.