Here's the sad truth: My recently purchased Bondi Band tells a lie.
Eat hard, run hard? Umm, not so much. More like eat hard, run slow. It may work for some people, but for me, eating hard before a run results in a sluggish, chubby, yucky feeling.
Case in point: Last Friday, I met my friend Melissa for lunch at a local Middle Eastern restaurant that features a vegetarian lunch buffet. I should have known this would not end well. I ate too much and as a result, my "easy" four miles that afternoon were torture. A pace that is usually effortless was a struggle to maintain.
Does this mean it's time to give up eating out? Definitely not, but it does mean I have to make smarter choices. I need to think about portion sizes and the type of food I eat. Fueling up with a bowl of spaghetti and marinara sauce is a good idea. Fueling up with multiple plates of spicy Ethiopian food is not. And just like any other type of treat, eating out needs to be on a limited basis, preferably only after a tough race or Saturday morning long run when I've truly earned it. The rest of the time, it's best to stick with healthier, home-cooked fare.
So maybe that Bondi Band had it partially right, just in the wrong order. Run hard, eat hard. That's something I can stick with.
What's your take: Do you run okay after eating a large or unhealthy meal? Do you try to limit treats to long run or race days?