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Running on an Empty Stomach

Quick Tip-Is There a Benefit to Running on an Empty Stomach?

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on Facebook and Twitter talking about the best options for fueling your body during a long endurance event. I’m partial to using real food as fuel, even if I don’t always practice what I preach.

But is there ever a reason to go running on an empty stomach?

Running on an Empty Stomach

I think there is.

I don’t remember exactly when I started doing it, but I haven’t done much fueling before a long run in awhile. Granted, I haven’t done a long run in awhile, but that’s neither here nor there. Getting back to the point, why would I purposely stack the deck against myself when it comes to fueling before a training run.

The answer is really simple, I want to make my training difficult so my races will be as “easy” as possible.

Flipping the Script on Race Day

I know what you’re thinking, that you’re not supposed to do anything on race day that you haven’t already tried dozens of times during your training. Yeah, well, I consider that to be more of a loose guideline as opposed to a hard rule.

I’ve called plenty of audibles on race day, and so far at least, I really don’t have any terrible stories to tell because of it.

But in this case, I’m giving myself an assist on race day. If I’m able to run 18+ miles with little to know fuel, it is actually easier for me to get through 26.2 when I’m fueling and hydrating regularly during the race.

To me, it’s the same reason a baseball player warms up with a heavier bat, a sprinter trains by running with a small parachute, and a swimmer does laps with a kick board. By making it harder in practice, you’re better able to overcome the challenge (mental and/or physical) in the actual event.

Should You Try Running on an Empty Stomach?

If you’re a new runner, I’d recommend holding off until you have  a few races under your belt.

But if you’ve been running for awhile, I’d absolutely recommend doing your morning training runs without eating anything and see how you feel. You might not notice the difference at first, but especially if it’s a long run day, you might really feel yourself crashing towards the end.

That’s ok.

Stack the deck against yourself by running on an empty stomach, and then stack the deck in your favor on race day by eating breakfast and fueling regularly.

For some more insight about running on an empty stomach, just hit play below!


Use Real Food as Your Mid Race Fueling Choice

Is There a Better Mid Race Fueling Option Than a Gel?

When you’re running a long race, whether it’s a half, full, or an ultra, what do you for fuel during the race?

Many runners turn to gels for mid race fueling and nutrition, even though I’ve never met a single runner that enjoys a gel. (Seriously, if you like gels, let me know because I don’t think anyone really does.)

Most longer races provide gels at some point along the course, and I have a suspicion that is part of the reason that runners have flocked to the gels. We all like things that are free, and since they will be handed out for free at races, we train using them in an attempt to “avoid any race day unpleasantness”, if you will.

I took a quick poll in our Facebook Group yesterday, and I got what I expected. A lot of people said that they use gels, but a surprising number also said that they had used gels, but had to switch to another option because of tummy issues.

But what if there was a better option than a mid race gel?

There is. Read more

Diz Runs With… Jonathan Levitt


On today’s run, I’m joining a guy that has a lot of things going on right now. In addition to being the Community Manager for ENERGYbits, Jonathan Levitt is definitely into healthy living, fitness, and is always spreading the message of the importance of living an all-around healthy lifestyle.

Jonathan Levitt, ENERGYbits,

Jonathan Levitt

Jonathan and I talked about all kinds of topics related to health, fitness, and nutrition, and here are some of the highlights: Read more

Diz Runs With… Sarah Stanley

 


On today’s show, I am joined by endurance athlete and nutrition aficionado Sarah Stanley.

Sarah Stanley

If you don’t know who Sarah is, you really need to check her out. She has a passion for running and cycling, but she also has a passion for helping others. She has run races to raise awareness and funds for some great causes and is always willing to help out anyone who has questions about health, wellness, and nutrition.

Here are a few highlights of the conversation we had on our run:

  • A 36 mile training run without bringing adequate provisions.
  • A 100 mile run to raise awareness for the Blood:Water mission.
  • Busting popular runner myths, such as pre-race carb loading, mid-race sports drinks, and chocolate milk as a post-race recovery drink.
  • “Runners can be some of the most unhealthy people.”

Whether you would consider yourself a serious runner or not, there is no question that the food you eat is vitally important.

Sarah’s passion for health and nutrition is on full display over the course of our run, and it’s amazing how much information we packed into this brief conversation. If you’d like to learn more about the role that your food plays in your health, there are a variety of ways that you can connect with Sarah and pick up some of the bits of wisdom that she so freely shares.

Website-Sarah Stanley Inspired, and make sure you sign up for her newsletter. It’s well worth it.

Twitter-@sarahstanley

And if you’re on Twitter on Thursday evenings at 8 EST, make sure you check out #wellnesschat.

Do me a favor and send Sarah a quick tweet to let her know what your biggest takeaway has been from listening to her on the show.


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