Here is L’s question (and she’s not planning to work out in the evening, so she doesn’t need to fuel up for an after-work workout):
I am a 40ish runner who is experiencing a big lack of energy. I run and workout in the mornings, usually at 5:30 a.m., and by the time late afternoon arrives I am ready for bed. I am wondering if there are any diet tricks to help boost my energy. Magic shake? Go-to snack? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Oh, and I should add that I’m trying to limit my caffeine intake past noon. — L.
My initial response is that everyone’s motivation is lacking right now. I think most of us want to hibernate under fleece blankets all winter. It’s a tough season to run through with all the darkness and cold. But, the truth is that we’ve been very, very lucky this winter to have enjoyed some fantastic winter running weather, so maybe her lack of motivation and flagging energy has nothing to do with the weather.
* What do you think? Any advice for L?
* What foods keep you going all day?
* How do you get over the 3 p.m. slump without mainlining caffeine?