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How Not to Fuel for a Race

This morning I ran the Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa. I have a lot to tell you about that race, but first I want to tell you about yesterday.

I have an issue with fueling. My issue is that I have no idea how. I’ve been experimenting with different things, and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. I also have a lot of stomach issues when running. But again, sometimes I don’t. So, I’ve been trying since last October to find out what works best with fueling and keeping my tummy happy.

Yesterday, I did not find my answer. (You’ll hear more in my race recap about this one.)

For lunch, Hubs and I headed out to our favorite sushi place Fujiyama Sushi. I started with the steak teppan lunch (veggies steamed with no sauce and steamed rice instead of fried.) Steamed rice has worked for me before a race in the past.

That dish included this tasty little morsel.

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That’s a mushroom, people. Get your mind out of the gutter.

And no, I didn’t eat it. I have limits. Apparently this is one of them.

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We also had a few sushi rolls (which has also worked for me in the past).

Plain crab roll and a spicy yellowtail roll for me.  The yellowtail roll was awful. But, I didn’t realize it was raw when I ordered it. (I don’t like many raw foods, and now I won’t eat raw at all after I got food poisoning from Sushi House by Florida Mall. Rated best sushi my foot.)

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Mmmm…soy sauce and wasabi. I like to get in my week’s worth of sodium in one day.

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For dinner, I met up with Michelle and her husband Dan in Tampa. We went to Bar Louie after we found out Cheesecake Factory had an hour wait.

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We got an appetizer of Bruschetta served in a gigantic martini glass.

Michelle ate the martini glass.

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I had the Bleu Louie, which is a burger I am now going to marry. I cleared it with Hubs. He’s cool with it.

(bleu cheese, bacon, hot sauce, pickle, spinach, tomato, and onion heaven)

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The burger was a bit on the salty side, but holy crapbag it was good.

Michelle decided to grab my camera and take awkward pictures of Dan and I eating.

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Alright, maybe there were more of me. (Dan got a bit of a sunburn during the Gasparilla 5k that morning. He’s not normally that hue of red.)

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After dinner, we wanted to find some frozen yogurt. We found Yogurbella right near Bar Louie, so we had to go in of course.

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Lots of unnecessary toppings? Sounds good!

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I got the vanilla froyo with sprinkles, gummy bears, mini marshmallows, and white chocolate chips.

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I look happy here, but the yogurt kinda sucked. The vanilla didn’t have a good flavor, the white chocolate chips were super hard, and the marshmallows were stale. Like, crunchy stale.

How long does a marshmallow have to sit before it’s crunchy stale?

Please don’t look that up and tell me in the comments.

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I still ate it all.

There are hungry children in Ethiopia that don’t have stale marshmallows.

After we walked around a bit, we headed over to Walgreens to get a Cliff Bar for Michelle’s pre-race breakfast.

That’s when we walked by this lovely lady.

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In case you’re not sure, she is in fact in a wedding dress in Walgreens.

I’m just really curious what she’s buying.

What is a food you know you have to avoid before a race? 

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