How Do You Fuel?

Today’s question: How do you fuel for your runs? What do you eat before and/or after your runs?

I’m most curious about what you eat for breakfast if you run in the morning. Do you eat before or after your run in the morning–or both? I’m even more interested in your answer if you have food allergies like me.

I’m on day 19 of my run streak, and almost all my runs have been in the morning before work (usually between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m.). I’m having a hard time figuring out what to eat.

Unfortunately, I have several food allergies, which makes traditional breakfasts more difficult, including: pork (so no bacon or pork sausage) and egg whites. Last week I made a couple sweet potatoes and ate them with some turkey sausage and fruit.

That seemed to work pretty well, as it kept me full long after my run. I know I’ll inevitably get bored with that–even if I’m making small changes like eating different fruits.

I’ve been known to eat salads and other non-breakfast foods for breakfast, but I do enjoy having a meal that feels more like “breakfast”. I used to love savory breakfast meals like sausage and eggs or an omelette. Now that those aren’t an option, I seem to crave them even more.

I do eat turkey and chicken sausage regularly, but I found out the hard way that a couple chicken sausage links just aren’t enough to hold me over until lunch.

So tell me: What do you eat before and after your runs? Any breakfast recipes you’re willing to share?

—AB

What Do You Listen To?

When I first started running, I listened to music. Mostly angry, scream-o music. I was also a much angrier person back then, so maybe that had something to do with it. But the thought of running without any kind of music was just baffling.

I still listen to music on my runs, although sometimes it’s much happier music. Sometimes I don’t listen to anything at all (not often though). Lately, I’ve spent most of my runs listening to podcasts.

I started listening to podcasts back when we were living in Dallas and I was taking my dog on long walks all over the city (Serial, anyone?). While I enjoy all the podcasts I listen to, most of them just aren’t great for running.

After years of following her blog, I finally started listening to her podcasts. Ali Feller of Ali on the Run is a runner, blogger, writer, and lover of dogs. I always loved reading her blog posts, and now I love listening to her podcasts on my runs.

She interviews other runners who have accomplished some incredible PRs and have some really cool jobs, and she also gives tips for running, as well as sneak peaks into her life. I can say for the first time since I started running in college, I actually smile on my runs when I’m listening to her podcast. Sometimes, I even laugh/cough.

Most of her podcasts are on the longer side, so they’re perfect for long runs. Currently, I’m sticking with much shorter runs as I ease myself back into this, so I start the episode on my run and then listen to the rest while I stretch and get ready for work.

It has quickly become one of my favorite ways to start the days and it’s a great alternative to angry music.

What do you listen to on your runs? Do you like music or are you more into podcasts or audiobooks? Let me know—and if you have any other podcast recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

As always, thanks for reading!

—AB