Last night I did eight miles that can only be described as four fun miles and four terrible miles.
Adam and I made the long drive home from my mom’s yesterday afternoon. By the time we got home it was already dark out and I still needed to get my run in. Since Adam and I had a few things to do later in the night, I just downed a glass of water and started running down to the beach.
What did I not do? Eat.
I am so, so, so bad when it comes to proper running nutrition. I struggled with it when I was training for my first half earlier this year, and I guess I still have not learned my lesson.
At the halfway point during my run I simply ran out of energy. One minute I was running along happily thinking about my agenda for tomorrow and the next minute I was feeling really light headed.
I sent Adam a text to let him know I wasn’t feeling great, but that I was going to try and finish the run. I said if I wasn’t home in X amount of time to call and/or come find me.
I made it home and even though at that point I didn’t feel like eating at all, I ate a little bit of dried fruit and almost instantly felt better.
I’ve talked about my lack of proper running nutrition on the blog before more than once, and each time I thought “from here on out I will do better.” I have no idea why I can’t seem to get it through my head that you have to eat to run! It’s such a simple concept.
I really am making a commitment this time. I will always eat something before I go running. If I really want to become a better runner in 2014 I need to pick it up in the areas I slacked this year.
I am going to start right away and make all of my runs this week the best runs ever!
Are you making any running related New Year’s resolutions?