How (not) to have an awesome summer run.

Hello blog readers! Please excuse my sporadic posting over the next few days – I’m in Pennsylvania for my bestie’s wedding, whee! Having lots of fun, but super busy.

After a 1am arrival at my family’s house on Friday night (Saturday morning?), I needed to sleep in a bit. Unfortunately, this meant it was 11am by the time I headed out for my run on Saturday. 85 degrees and sunny + un-shaded sidewalks + only coffee in my stomach = not so good run. UGH.

I ran for 1 hour and 20 minutes and I’m calling it 10 miles. (Uhhh, even though it was probably closer to 9 1/2….)

Anyway, I laid on the front porch with an ice pack and a bottle of water until my face returned to a normal color (i.e. not fire engine red) and then I devoured a yogurt mess: sliced banana, Greek yogurt, 4-5 spoonfuls of peanut butter, and cereal.

oikos for breakfast

My trusty pearl izumi synchro fuel’s carried me through 10 hot and sweaty miles.

Running Shoe

Something tells me that my 4″ bridesmaid heels will not be as comfortable. My Achilles tendons are going to be so unhappy with me…

Wedding Shoe

It will be worth it though! The bestie only gets married once (we hope). Yay, high school friends.

Megan, Joe, Jen

We rehearsed important things (you know, wedding vows and such) and then ate delicious food including lots of goodies from the awesome company Real Picklesginger carrots:

Ginger Carrots

Sauerkraut and Red Cabbage:


Cheese from the Brattleboro Vermont Co-0p:

Vermont Cheese

And a yummy spread of sandwiches and salads!


Salad greens with strawberries, goat cheese, and candied walnuts:




My plate full o’ salad, red cabbage, and a tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil sandwich. Plus my friend Joe’s tomato, basil, and mozz sandwich because he refuses to eat vegetables. Hehehe.

Rehearsal dinner

And of course dessert! The best brownies in the world and tandycake. Yum, yum, yum.


We finished the rehearsal dinner around 6:30pm which gave me plenty of time to run errands…i.e. buy a new cell phone charger because I forgot mine in NYC andddd spend way too much $$ at Target. I needed that wide-brimmed straw sun hat. Really.

A frappuccino was consumed at 8:30pm. The barista “accidentally” put whipped cream on my mocha light frappuccino. I did not mind. How could I ever refuse whipped cream??


And then I needed a second dinner. Pizza!


Now if you’ll excuse me, ritz crackers and nutella are calling my name. Tomorrow’s going to be a marathon of a (wedding) day and I need to carbo-load.

A recent USA Today article cites skipping breakfast before a run as a way to burn more fat. From personal experience (i.e. today’s crappy pre-breakfast run), I say that’s generally a bad plan.

Question: Do you eat breakfast before morning runs? If so, what do you eat?

  • If I headed straight out in the morning maybe I could see skipping breakfast before a run. But that just doesn’t happen in my world. I usually make a bowl of oatmeal with walnuts and raisins and then eat half of it – then the other half is right there for afterwards!

    Yum rehearsal dinner! Can’t wait to hear what the wedding food was like.

  • Blech, I just had a very similar awful summer run. Stupid heat.

  • I always eat a banana before morning runs – the only thing I can eat 5 minutes before running and feel ok. Breakfast follows closely after the run!

    Hope the wedding was fun and those heels weren’t as painful as they look 🙂

  • Ellen

    Ughh, I feel ya! The main thing that gets me out of bed in the morning on the weekends to run is knowing that if I wait too long, it will be INSANELY hottt!

  • I had always had oatmeal with a little brown sugar and some real maple syrup plus a bit of ground flax seed in it pre-race. This past weekend – Sat as a matter of fact – I ran a 20K. Pre-race meal – two slices of whole wheat toast with Naturally More PB on it, coffee and then some Gatorade on my way to the race.

    Short morning runs, say under 6 miles, I can do on just coffee but anything more than that and I have to eat something before and after.

  • Wow, that food looks FABULOUS!

    I don’t eat before my morning workout (4-5 miles on the elliptical). I eat about 100-200 cals after as my breakfast. Even when I do a marathon, I typically don’t eat more than 100-200 cals beforehand. I’d rather eat more later!