Running on tired legs is not ideal. Ask any runner and they’ll tell you that it’s nearly impossible to run effectively on very little sleep. Yet, that’s what I did this morning and it didn’t go as well as I would have liked.
I woke up this morning about 4:00 AM, and I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I decided it was time to get up for the day (I usually get up 3 – 4 hours later than this). I headed out for my run after my husband left for work, and my body was dragging. My legs felt heavy and I had virtually no energy. I had to take walk breaks a lot.
The weather was cloudy and cool, with overcast skies. The temperature about in the 40s, which would have been perfect if my energy levels were higher and I could actually feel like I was doing something.
I chose an out-and-back route, and ran a mile in each direction. And even though the course was flat, I still had to walk every 0.01-0.10 of a mile. It was brutal. All I wanted to do was get home and take a nice hot bath, which I did.
No amount of coffee today has been able to help me regain my energy, so I’ve been doing research online concerning some things I’d like to pursue. Life slowed down for me today, which is helpful because I can’t give my 100%.
Even though I feel like I’ve gone from 60 to 0, I will have a nice, nutritious meal with my husband when he gets home, and that will help me to refuel. Plus, I’ve got some things in the works for days where I can’t run, and I’m excited about that. So stay tuned. (:
Proven Energy Boosters for Runners.
Here’s a few of my favorite energy boosters that are great for refueling, hitting the wall, or just rewarding yourself for a job well done.
5 Hour Energy is a great way to get an instant boost of energy while on the go. They come in a variety of flavors and give the body a hit of caffeine and B vitamins, with no added sugar. I like to drink these when I need an extra boost and I’m away from home. It’s too bad I didn’t have any on hand this morning; I could have really used one.
Honey stinger chews come in a variety of flavors, but their most popular flavor–the fruit smoothie–is delicious and offers a delicious combo of mixed berry, cherry, and orange. They combine multiple carbohydrates for energy (sucrose, fructose, maltose, and glucose) to keep you energized during your run or other fitness activity.
Always good to have these on hand, especially when you’re feeling sleep deprived, you have a big race coming, or you just need a little help getting the legs moving. I like to carry these in my pocket when I know I’m going to hit the wall later on.
I love nothing more than eating a Clif Bar right after a long run. The chewy texture with the delicious flavor is like sweet victory. And there are so many flavors to love, that I can’t pick just one, so I like the variety pack.
Clif Bars are great to nibble on when I’m going for a really long run, or if I’m hiking with my husband and I happen to crave something sweet. They are certified organic too, so I can feel good about what I’m eating while on the go.
What are your favorite go-to energy boosters?
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