I’m sure everyone does this a little differently, but I’m curious to hear from runners: what do you do?
I’m training for a half marathon, and my weekly long run is now in the 9-10 mile range (9 miles this past week; 10 this week). Before last week (building to an 8 mile long run) I was essentially eating the same breakfast I always eat before a morning workout — coffee with milk, fiber one bran cereal, fruit of some sort (a banana or a big bowl of berries). I was eating a bunch more on long run days throughout the rest of the day, of course (meeting my calorie goal, which does have me at a deficit), but the breakfasts were the same as shorter run, cross training or rest days.
Anyway, on my 9 mile day I decided to eat much more before going out (an egg, sourdough toast, a banana, a yogurt) and of course I felt much better going the distance (duh, I know).
My question is: should I aim to eat a certain percentage of the calories I’ll burn for a long, post-breakfast run? How many calories do you consume before a long workout with a high burn?
My goal for the half is to run the whole thing. I run about 5.5 mph.