Posts Tagged ‘homemade’

Run The Rock: Eating For Efficiency

As long as I have been running I have known better than to eat a meal within an hour or two of start time. This was especially difficult in high school, when practice began at 5:45 AM. Since before I can remember I have eaten a large breakfast first thing in the morning. Early on I continued to eat in the morning, just as I always had, with the assumption that my body would adapt, but the result was always the same. I would start my run feeling sluggish and bloated, which soon became a feeling of sickness. From here I had a choice, I could slow to a walk for a while or surrender my breakfast to the grass. (Which surprisingly made me feel more energetic.)

It goes without saying that I couldn’t continue to eat a large breakfast. On the other hand if I ate nothing, or not enough, I dreaded running and I was unable to stay awake through much of the day. After a bit of trial and error I found that a granola bar or two provided enough energy for a good run, without filling me up too much.

Now that I am running again I still eat a small snack before setting off, only now they call them energy bars. Unfortunately, with the new name comes a higher price so the other day I decided to make my own. My first attempt was less than promising, when the cooking was done I was left with a dry, flavorless, cake-like sponge. This time around  I am aiming for something more like the Nature Valley Granola Bars.

In The Energy to Run you can find instructions to make these high-carb energy bars.

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