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Happy Wednesday! Today is another What I Ate Wednesday, and who doesn’t love that? If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons and check it out!

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This month is all about loving your veggies, however, only one of my meals includes veggies! That’s because I decided to mix things up this week. I felt like my WIAW posts were getting a biiiiiit repetitive, so I thought it would be fun to do a What I Ate on Long Run Day! So here are all my eats from Saturday, the day I ran my 12 mile PDR long run!

  
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I started off the day by getting up around 6:00am, and had tons of water and a cup of coffee!

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Around 6:30, I made myself a small bowl of oats for breakfast. I planned to start my run at 8:00am, so I thought that would be a good amount of time. Note to future self: you were already feeling hungry at 8:00am. And it didn’t help that the manager at the gym was late and you didn’t start running until 8:30am. More fuel next week.

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These oats consisted of 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 banana and 1/2 T PB.

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For fuel during my run, I brought a GU gel with me – Pineapple flavored! Again, not enough fuel, especially since I started the run hungry. I had half at the one hour mark (about 6.5 miles) and then I forced myself to wait another 25 minutes for the second half.

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I’m definitely still learning how to fuel during a run. One of these was perfect for my 9 milers, but I guess once I start getting closer to 2 hours of running (my run was about 1 hour and 54 minutes), I just need more fuel! I was really feeling the need for more energy.

When I got home, my stomach was a little queasy, but I managed to eat a small sweet potato with some PB2 and then plain Greek yogurt mixed with a little vanilla and stevia and a bit of protein powder mixed in. 

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A little later I was over at my brother’s apartment hanging out and I had a peanut butter cookie Larabar! I had never had it before and it was a great flavor! I didn’t, however, think about the fact that I would be torturing poor Molly with the smell of PB… Don’t tell Harrison, but I gave her a teeeeeeeny bit when he left the room. Oh, and let her lick my fingers clean. She is my Valentine after all.

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She was half in my lap trying to get some… Too cute.

When I was at Whole Foods that afternoon with my sister-in-law I grabbed a pint of Arctic Zero. If you’ve never heard of this – you should. It’s basically fake frozen yogurt with more protein than most and only 150 calories in the ENTIRE PINT. And you know what that means, right? Yep. I ate the ENTIRE PINT. Half that afternoon, and the other half after dinner.

 

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For dinner, I went out with my brother and sister in law to a restaurant called The Counter. I’ve been there a couple times before, you can see reviews on my review page. I got the turkey burger in a bowl, meaning it came on a salad. My toppings were pineapple, grilled onions, scallions and grilled peppers with honey mustard dressing. Weird combo… probably wouldn’t choose the peppers next time. But it was delicious. I most definitely cleared my plate.

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And although my only veggies came with dinner, I sure loved them!!!

As you can see, long run days tend to be a lot of plain foods, or carbs. I fuel up with carbs, and then afterwards I try and get some protein and carbs in, but I tend to not be super hungry until the next day. Although by dinner I was definitely hungry!

 

For other long-distance runners: What are your fueling techniques for runs? Any suggestions?

Have you ever heard of or tried Arctic Zero? What’s your favorite store bought ice cream?



 

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