Playlists and Fuel

First up: Playlists

I love music. But I have a love/hate relationship with it during races. If the race is really tough, I want to punch music in the face.

I would say that I’ve turned off my music at some point during 5 out of the 6 half marathons I’ve ran because the run was so hard that the music got annoying. If I’m feeling good though, music gives me crazy energy so I don’t go without it unless I’m running at night.

For a couple of my races, DJ Jazzy Hubs has put together a surprise playlist for me and adds it to my playlist, so I don’t know half the songs I’m listening to – which makes the music more fun.  Here’s my playlist from yesterday’s Melbourne Half Marathon.

My playlist of songs:


Not the best idea to add a Linkin Park song with the lyrics, “You can’t run the race, the pace is too fast, you just won’t last.”

The list Hub-Diddy added while I was sleeping:


That song Popular by The Veronicas = awesome


Next up: Fuel

I cannot get my fuel right during a run.

When I first started running long distance, I couldn’t go more than 8-10 miles without having to run to the bathroom. My first half marathon was the worst. I tried Gu for the first time and got cripplingly ill. Then I tried Shot Blocks, and then peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…

I’m just one of those people that does not like eating while I’m running, but I know I have to. I can run a race without fuel, but everything starts to suck around mile 10 if I do.

For the race yesterday, I ate two 90-calorie packages of these at mile 5 and 8:

Welch's 5oz B&C 2010

These are small enough that I can chew a couple at a time and still run, unlike Shot Blocks. (Gummies the size of your head while you’re running = bad idea jeans.) But I think I need to stay away from artificial sugar when I’m active. Even after eating these, I could feel that little somethin-somethin in my belly that says,


*make sure you say that with a thundering Thor voice*

So, in the name of natural sugar,  I’m thinking of trying bananas for my next run. And I don’t even like bananas, but they’re mushy and I won’t really need to chew much.

Do any of you eat bananas during races? What’s your fuel of choice? (I don’t have one yet.) Have you ever had major stomach issues when running before? Gimme the poopy details in the comments!


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11 responses to “Playlists and Fuel

  1. Kit

    Sport Beans by Jelly Belly! Fit’s in the pocket nicely…even make them with caffiene! Didn’t we have this conversation? Awesome on your run over the bridges and through the woods…er sand…??

    • I looked for them! None at Sports Authority and my friend said there were none at the Expo. 😦 Fabian said they had them at Smoothie King, so I’ll check there next time I go. I def wanna try those!

  2. I like the Sports Beans, too. Especially the ones with caffiene.
    My first half I didn’t have any stomach issues. This last half was a different story. I stopp THREE freaking times to go to the bathroom. No fun. I think it was something I ate the night before, though, because 2 of the other girls that ran with me had the same issues. It was awful!
    Good playlist!! I’m off to DL some of those songs now! : )

  3. Stacie

    I swear by jelly belly sport beans. They are super easy to eat while you are running. It totally gives me a boost of energy. I hope you are able to find something that works for you soon!! I don’t have any embarrassing stories YET. It is bound to happen though! Haha

  4. This post literally made me laugh out loud! I’ve only had one major issue, but luckily we were on a trail in the woods so I just hopped into the trees and took care of business – I had eaten a Cliff bar that morning instead of my usual toast + PB banana, never again will I change it up! As far as eating while running, I’m a Gu girl all the way, no shot bloks or anything else, but that’s just preference, knock on wood I haven’t had any more issues…..good luck with the banana!

  5. Mz Teri

    I’m eating a packet of those Welch’s fruit snacks right now… except they’re the mixed fruit flavor. They make great snacks… but maybe not while you’re running.

  6. totally agree with music!! I do a lot of long runs with my music off, so I have finally learned during race day that I can turn it off for the first half and then it will give me more of a boost in the last half.

    GU also makes me sick, but I have tested out gummy bears or dates and Clif bloks, those things i can handle. But truly I don’t take any fuel on halfs

  7. I did no fuel on my 2nd half and felt AMAZING afterwards. I wish I could replicate it!

  8. I never thought about fruit snacks as race fuel, but that seems practical. One of the worries I have about my half is what I’m going to use during the race. This might be my solution!

  9. I hate the consistency of Gu but stick with it anyways. Unless it’s too cold. You wouldn’t know this, but that stuff freezes pretty quickly. (:

    I’ve also tried the jelly beans. I like them, but it seems like you have to eat a lot of ’em.

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