Some people like running on an empty stomach, and some like to eat minutes before running. Each of us is uniquely different, and it is very important for you to figure out what works. With that said, let’s figure out the best way to go about eating before running.
If you consider yourself an eater, then the recommendation is for you to eat something that is high in carbohydrates and moderate in protein, fiber, and fat, about 1-2 hours before you run. The reason for this is to give your body carbohydrates to provide energy and to avoid foods that can result in gastrointestinal distress.
Eating before running also depends on how long and how far you plan to run. If you are going to run for less than 60 minutes, you don’t need anything to eat before your run. However, if you are going to do a long run, your body will certainly require fuel.
Keep in mind that things vary from person to person. Some people need food to run even a mile, yet some can run half a marathon and eat nothing.
So, what should you eat exactly?
At the end of the day, you need to figure out what works best for you so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Next time, try eating 1 hour before your run 5 miles and see if you have more energy than you did last time. If you find yourself getting stomach cramps, try eating something else or maybe don’t eat at all.
To help answer this tough question about eating before running, here are some suggestions for you to try out:
- A banana
- Whole avocado and banana
- Greek yogurt
- Half an avocado with a glass of almond milk
- Green apple with almond butter
- Oatmeal and a banana
- Oatmeal and tablespoon of peanut butter
- Peanut butter toast
- A banana with peanut butter
All of these are based on general guidelines of being high in carbs and moderate in fat, protein, and fiber.
We would like to stress once again that eating before running may not work for everyone, and that’s totally okay. Each one of us has a unique physique, and what you will have to do is figure out what works best for you through some healthy experimentation.
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