For those of you who know me in real life, it will come as no surprise that I’m blogging about donuts. I’ve struggled with a sensitive running stomach for years. I’ve visited the “facilities” in woods and behind trees across three states. No matter how much time I leave between eating and running, some things just make me sick. I generally run completely fasted first thing in the morning. If I plan an afternoon run, I have to be super careful about what I eat before running. This sensitivity has posed a problem because sometimes I just need to eat. I can’t always run fasted and I can’t always eat one of the very few things I know are safe (a certain type of granola bar, strawberries, applesauce – see, limited). So, over the past year or so I set out to test my stomach and find new foods and strategies so that I could actually eat and run.
There were a lot of disasters. I learned that I pretty much have to have about three hours after eating before running and there are some foods that are never safe (dairy), or only safe after a 24-hour waiting period (eggs – discovered in a very unfortunate testing effort). But, there are some odd exceptions. The most important exception is donuts.
Somewhere along the line, I thought that a donut hole might be a safe food and, worst case, wouldn’t be that much food sloshing around in my stomach. I ate my little donut hole and ran. I was totally fine. I tried two donut holes. Success. It was time to move on to a real donut. I ate a tasty Krispy Kreme in the middle of a race. That’s right – a whole donut, mid-race. I felt great! From then on, when in doubt, I’m fueled by donuts. I can eat donuts while running, before running, pretty much any time. Filled donuts are not as great at the regular old glazed donuts. I know it isn’t very cool, or even very healthy, but when I need fast fuel on the run, donuts are my pick.