The Running Thing I Struggle With the Most

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? 



  1. December 29, 2013 / 7:15 am

    That’s a great resolution! You could always bring a little snack with you too, just in case. Sometimes when I workout first thing in the morning I don’t eat at all. I’d prefer to eat, but if I’m not hungry, I don’t force myself. Half the time I get super hungry during my run and the other half of the time I’m fine.

    • December 30, 2013 / 9:06 pm

      That’s such a good idea. I usually only bring a snack with me on runs over 10miles, but there is no reason to not bring them on shorter runs (esp. if I know I’m not going to eat before hand!)

  2. December 29, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    Sometimes to get to the root of the issue, you need to ask yourself “why”. Do you skip fueling for a workout because you don’t feel hungry? Or do you forget? Or are you too lazy to put together something to eat? Or do you not know what to eat?

    I have this same problem when I’m running in the evening; running in the morning is SO much easier to fuel for, because you don’t have to plan the entire day accordingly. If you need some insight into gluten free foods to eat pre-run, let me know!

    • December 30, 2013 / 9:07 pm

      THANK YOU, Ali! Your comment really prompted me to think about this on more than just a surface level. I appreciate it!