Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

Pre-run Fuel

I used to think I hated M&Ms. 
Ok, maybe not hated, but I didn’t really care for them.

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Then last autumn, Julie came over for a Handmade Christmas extravaganza and while we stood in the snack aisle at Target, suggested we get a bag of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms.  This may or may not have changed my life; or at least my snacking.

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I was a bit perplexed at the Spring Off 10K when going through our race packets, I came across a one pound bag of plain M&Ms.  “Interesting.”  I thought as I thought as I pinned my race bib.  “Didn’t expect that one.”

Not too long after, I was rushing to get out the door for a run one morning and realized I hadn’t prepared any breakfast before hand.  Going through my cabinets, looking for good pre-work out fuel, I came across the bag of M&Ms and thought about a plate I often see on Mindy’s blog – bread, nut/seed butter, and chocolate or cinnamon chips.

A new favorite pre-long-run sandwich was born…

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  • 2 pieces whole wheat bread
  • 1 Tablespoon no salt added, crunchy peanut butter
  • about 20 M&Ms

Note:  I’m no expert in fitness or nutrition, but as my weekly mileage continues to climb, I am in a constant place of trying to learn what works best for me.  I’ve found that eating this sandwich [about 300 calories] with a glass of water 20-40 minutes before a run gives me a great source of energy and decent staying power to get through a 5-6 mile run.