To make a long story short, I had a great running workout on Wednesday: 400 Intervals-Strong!
After taking a day off yesterday, I expected to have a great follow-up performance today. Boy was I in for a shock! It was miserable in every way. I ran worse than I did two weeks ago, then staggered into my office, sat down, and nearly fell asleep!
Once my head cleared, I started questioning what could have gone so horribly wrong. My first thought was that my good run was later in the afternoon, and maybe that’s just a better time of day for me. But then when I thought about it a little more and dug a little deeper, I think I might have uncovered the problem.
Today my run came over 5 hours after my last meal (breakfast) which today consisted of 2 pieced of dry wheat bread and some milk in my coffee. Wednesday I ran a couple of hours after a good lunch. I have a sneaking suspicion the fuel tank was just empty today.
I’ve written articles about nutrition and performance, so I know better. From now on I’m going to start keeping better track of what and when I’m eating before I run. I really don’t want a repeat of what happened today.
For anyone looking for more information on eating and running, I’ve included a link to a good article from the New York Times below: