Sunday, August 22, 2010

Breakfast Really is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast the past few months has mostly been homemade fruit smoothies, or occasionally a bowl of healthy cereal and a piece of fruit like a banana. I didn't realize I had neither this morning until it was time to eat. In fact, my cupboards and fridge were quite bare, as I've just been pretty busy the past several days and haven't had time to go food shopping.

All I did have was leftover homemade pizza. Without thinking much due to hunger, I quickly reheated a couple of slices in the toaster oven and mowed them down.  Ten minutes later, I was out the door for a long run.

Bad idea.

I actually started off okay the past few miles, thinking I would get better as I warmed up. After several miles, it became obvious that wasn't going to happen. Just the opposite, in fact. It felt like I had a nerf ball of dough and cheese just sitting in my stomach while I ran. I felt pretty crappy.

When I reached the Saco River, I decided I would cut the run down from a planned 20+ miles and just head back the most direct route and call it a day. I was just glad the run was over with. Surprised my pace was what it was, I expected it to be at least 15 seconds slower per mile.

On a bright note, this was supposed to be an exaggerated recovery week anyway. Just leaves more for next week. Just need to stock up on some healthy grub, particularly breakfast stuff, and everything should be fine for hitting it harder in the days to come.

Ran 15.4 miles @ 8:11/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Moderately hilly.
Upper 60s, overcast, humid.
Saucony Kinvara, shorts, short sleeved shirt, handheld bottle (water)


middle.professor said...

Yup. I had 2 slices of pizza at 3:30 AM before Pemi last week. I agree. Bad idea. But it's a great idea *after* a long run.

Jamie said...

So true, Jeff. Was thinking just that in the past few miles. Great post-run food. Really bad pre-run food.

Kim said...

I haven't had pizza for breakfast in ages, although I do love it. Can't imagine what it would be like before a run though. Guessing all that fat from the cheese is what was causing all of the problems. I find that I can't eat much before a run and if it's under 6 miles I do it on an empty stomach (but eat carbs with fat before bed). If I am getting in a longer run, I will consume something light just to give me some quick energy as too much in my stomach while running really impacts how I fee.

Congrats on your run just the same.

ashleyjane36 said...

I woke up with a food-hangover this morning from ball-park pretzels and nachos, so I opted to skip breakfast before my bike ride. That was dumb. Luckily we had Sport Beans and Granola bars with us, because I was staaaaarrvvving. Good job on your run anyway!