Training for you first 13.1 is hard. Each new distance will make the body feel tired and beat up. I am a fan of protein but it can be hard on the stomach when running. Do you have any GI problems when running?
A lot of people will find a balanced breakfast with some protein is all the protein that you need until after your run. Banana with peanut butter, oatmeal, english muffin with peanut butter, smoothie, etc. This should be done at least one hour before your long run if not two.
Gu, chomps, shot blocks are very common to take WHILE running. Most do not contain protein but have the correct amount of carbohydrates and electrolytes to keep you from hitting the wall. They can be taken every 45-60 minutes during your run. Some contain caffeine which can also be good if your stomach can handle it. If you can't stomach these type of electrolyte supplements there are a few other things you can try. I like squeezable baby food (banana/blueberry is my favorite). I have also cut up Nutrigrain bars and/or honey stinger waffles. You could also look into an electrolyte drink such as Infinit. You can customize your Infinit and add protein directly into the drink. It is higher in calories than Gatorade and some people can use this as their only fuel source (besides water) for an entire marathon. They do make a "run" formula that you could try first and is usually available right on the shelf without having to pre-order.
The protein is very important POST run. You should get in quality protein 20-30 minutes post run to help your muscles rebuild. High quality protein (and carbohydrates would include fruits AND nuts, a protein shake (make a head of time and drink immediately afterwards), chocolate milk, protein bars (cliff, luna, lara, etc).
I also am not a huge fan of the treadmill but with the weather we have been having this winter, it has become my new best friend. I find if I break it up into 5 minute increments, it actually goes faster. I change it up every 5 minutes. Nothing crazy, maybe up 0.1 in speed or up 1% in incline. You can then to go backwards (like a ladder) once you get to a point where you don't want to increase the speed or incline any further. I also drink a sip every 5 minutes at the same interval. These little things actually make it much more tolerable. I was able to end up doing almost 2 hours on it last week for my long run. 1144 days ago
Thank you so much for the encouraging words on my blog! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has these problems because a lot of time I feel like that's the case! We'll get through this though! 1145 days ago
Thanks for your comments on my blog - ideas are great - I particularly like the animal crackers in the forest although I don't know if I'll do that - fruit kebobs sound fantastic and doable - I'm also thinking about tiaras and tutus - a lot of this group of girls take dance. Thanks. 1153 days ago