Properly fueling runs is an art, just like hydration, which I wrote about here.
What works for me absolutely may not work for you.
Last week I found myself a few hours after breakfast, having already walked Bandit, prepping for a run. It wasn’t a long or hard run, but I felt like I needed a little something-something before I ran.
A really good choice is actually a banana — but the only bananas we had were still green. I know that some people actually prefer them that way, but I’ll pass.
Honeystinger Short Stack Waffle
I have used Honeystinger Waffles often as a pre-race snack when I find myself in the same sort of situation: breakfast was just a little bit too long ago and I needed a little something to fuel my run.
I’ve also used bites of a Waffle towards the end of a long race, when my energy is really low.
Much of the energy in Honeystinger Waffles comes from honey. Honey actually has some medicinal qualities. More information on the carbohydrate (aka sugar) sources from the Website:
Utilizing an ingredient engineered by nature as opposed to in a laboratory has its benefits, like higher quality and no additional flavoring or coloring. We use honey, a natural form of energy and antioxidants, combined with other natural sweeteners as the energy sources for all products. Research in endurance athletes has proven that a mixture of carbohydrates is better tolerated by the body, prevents fatigue and enhances performance more than a single carbohydrate form.
How the ingredients in Honeystinger Waffles can help your run according to the Honeystinger Website:
Honey Stinger Waffles are the perfect snack to help you prepare and perform for all activities. The energy in waffles is released immediately and absorbed at a steady rate, which delays muscle fatigue and gives your body the power to achieve your goals. With the right balance of delicious honey-powered carbs, you’ll be counting the minutes until it’s time for the next one.
That banana, by the way? It’s got 14 gm of sugar (depending on the size of the banana) vs the 10 gm in the Honeystinger Short Stack. I will grant you that you can’t get more natural than a banana though!
It had been so long since I’d actually eaten a Honeystinger Waffle, I really thought that this was one of the mini waffles! Somehow it seemed smaller, but I guess it really wasn’t. I know a 3 mile run probably doesn’t need 10 gm of sugar. But sometimes you just need a somewhat-natural energy boost, and this fit the bill for me.
What do you snack on right before a run if you’re hungry?
Do you like sugar as fuel, or fat? The HS waffles are great with some nut butter, too, btw
Store bought or home made fuel for your runs?
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.