Friday, 4 April 2014

Ask Me Anything: Fuel Edition

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Okay now let's get down to business! Last week I launched Ask Me Anything, and for some reason I got lots of questions about food/fuel.

If you have been following along, than you know I do NOT consider myself an expert in nutrition by any means. So I always struggle with these questions. I am just muddling along like everyone else, and generally I have discovered what works for me with a whole lot of trial and error. But I definitely don't feel like I have it all figured out just yet. And I believe everyone’s digestive system, metabolism, and body is different – so please take my advice in this area with a serious grain of salt.

Okay, so here goes…

1.       What do you Eat Before Your Long Run?

Pre-Run I like carbs. Carbs are my favourite. They are my friend. And I eat a lot of them. My tummy can get a little angry on a long run - so starch is welcome and generally keeps my tummy happy. I try to eat 60-90 minutes before I head out. My tried, tested, and true is a bagel with natural peanut butter - that is what I always eat before a big race. I love Udi's Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bagel. 

But for my Sunday Long Runs I generally strive for 300 calories of pre-run carbs. My other 2 favourite go-to’s lately have been – a bowl of Nature’s Valley gluten-free cereal and Scott Jurek’s Breakfast Quinoa recipe. (PS *If you have not tried quinoa for breakfast I definitely recommend giving it a whirl! It is yummy!*)

2.       How do you carry water and fuel on the run?
I use a Camelbak for my water. I like where it sits on my back and have always found this option to be the most comfortable for me. I add 1-2 Vega Hydrator packages to my water depending on weather and how far I am going. It helps keep my electrolytes in check, and the added salt helps keep the water from freezing. I also tuck the straw into my jacket when it is extra cold out. You have to fiddle with it a bit more, but your body heat helps make sure your line doesn’t freeze while you are out there.

I typically take a Clif Bar shot every 45 minutes. Last Sunday I ran 30km and I took 3 while I was out there. I like how easy the gels are to eat and digest, so they are my go-to fuel. 

             3.    Do you use any protein powder or supplements?
I have been using Vega One for my protein shake post-run. Green smoothies are a pretty popular staple in my world, and I find the plant-protein really easy to digest. The Vega One Shake has 15g protein, antioxidants, and tummy-loving probiotics - so it has been perfect for me. I have also been adding avocado, spinach, and banana for extra plant power!
Full Disclosure on on the supplement thing: I like the idea of having a regular vitamin routine, but 4/7 days a week I probably forget to take them. Some weeks I am really on point with these. Other weeks not so much. I consider these a bonus - in other words "YAY! for me if I remember to take them" and not really a big deal if I forget.

I have also been taking L-glutamine and licorice root to help keep my sensitive tummy on track. And over the holidays I started taking Rhodiola Rosea to help manage stress and fatigue. The holidays were obviously hard for me this year, so I thought it was worth testing out, and I think it did help. I actually have a bottle of the Rhodiola Rosea to giveaway! So this could be great opportunity to see for yourself!
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