Iâ€™ll admitâ€¦ Iâ€™ve been struggling to get motivated to workout on this vacation (hey, Iâ€™m human, too!). The combination of feeling stressed out + in a new city has tanked any desire to sweat.
The oldest trick in the book â€“ laying out your clothes the night before â€“ is also the most effective. Itâ€™s hard to blow off a run when youâ€™re alarm is blaring AND your sneakers are staring at you.
I decided to run through the Uptown area + Fourth Ward to see how bumpinâ€™ the area was during the day. Itâ€™s so clean and pretty!
I ended up doing 4.0 miles or so in about 38 minutes. I donâ€™t have my Garmin 305 charger so thatâ€™s just a rough estimate. I was really feeling it going up those little â€˜hillsâ€™ too! Guess my flat Florida ways are going to have to get used to the North Carolina terrain!
I didnâ€™t eat anything before I left because my stomach felt a little funny, and we didnâ€™t have much to choose from in the hotel room. Normally, I always eat something before a morning run unless itâ€™s short (under 30 minutes) because I notice a significant decrease in my performance.
After all, if you ate dinner two hours before bed and slept for 8 hours, the last calories you consumed were more than 10 hours before your workout!
I normally eat a slice of bread with PB or a banana with PB before a workout. The combination of carbs/protein works well for me, and itâ€™s compact enough that my tummy doesnâ€™t feel too full when I start to run. I can eat 15 minutes before a workout, although I know most people have to let the food digest a little more (of course, I have upchucked on the sidewalk before, and itâ€™s not fun).
When I came back to the hotel, I ate 1/2 of this Pro Bar.
Itâ€™s a â€˜meal replacementâ€™ bar so 1/2 of the bar = 170 calories. It was delicious (I like all the Pro Bars).
HOPEFULLY this will hold me over until we can get brunch. I donâ€™t want to ruin my appetite!
Can you eat before an AM workout? What do you have? How long do you have to wait before exercising?