I had an insanely nice weekend. I spent time with my family and friends, shopped and went to an apple orchard and pumpkin patch(s). We have not one but two pumpkins this year. Better news – Norak and I should have a race announcement to share soon that will knock your running socks straight off!!
Last week if you saw on Twitter I brought up a discussion about fueling before a morning workout. I get out of bed around 5ish and the last thing I am thinking about is peanut butter or a Powerbar. I do however want to make sure I am maximizing my time and pushing my limits during the hour or more I workout. Therefore, I decided to experiment.
I tried downing half a Powerbar Energy Gel; afraid of what a full gel might do to my stomach. With the gel, I noticed that I yawned less and was more focused during my exercises. I also took a gel before spin class and I certainly felt more of a boost in energy. The fuel that worked the best for me was surprisingly Gatorade Prime. It’s not as thick as a gel and you get a good bit of gu in a pouch. Women’s Health actually agreed it was a smart breakfast fuel choice.
I am giving myself a crash course in fueling. I wouldn’t think twice about taking an energy supplement for an evening workout, and I should apply that mantra to my mornings. This week, I am going to continue eating something before my morning workout; I think it’s worth sticking to a few more times and seeing how I feel and perform.
What’s your take? Do you have a fueling philosophy?