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What do you guys eat before a 5+ mile run?

Fujichants2010-05-01 16:25:20 +0000 #1
So I find that I can go without food and run 4 miles comfortably. But anything after stomach starts to turn on itself, I feel weak, dizzy, and lightheaded.

I like to run in the morning, and usually don't feel like eating breakfast so early when I need to get my run done before work starts. I don't really like running in the afternoon/evening because I end up with an upset stomach from all the food that i've eaten during the day sloshing around in there.

Any advice on what to eat? Thanks!
Natural Beauty2010-05-01 16:28:12 +0000 #2
i like just a half bagel. Too much and i end up looking for a pit stop but a half is just enough. i've talked to others who like to eat a small apple. they said a banana is too much sugar to fast and you burn right through it.

some of my other friends swear by goo, but i've never been able to get the hang of eating that on such a short run.
alpinerabbit2010-05-01 17:11:23 +0000 #3
Spoonful of rice syrup in diluted juice. and a whole grain cracker to "soak it up" a bit.

I used to try milk but I think it gave me heartburn.
Deborajen2010-05-01 16:58:45 +0000 #4
Although I prefer to eat breakfast and then run an hour later, this morning I wanted to go earlier to beat the heat and get in 6 miles, so I just had whole wheat toast with peanut butter and honey before the run. It worked great. Usually before runs of 4 miles or less, I eat half a banana and sometimes a few peanut M & M's.

I've also tried Gu or another gel before a run (Hammer is my personal favorite) and those work, too. Liquid on an empty stomach doesn't work well for me. You might want to try gel or Gatorade with some crackers - those aren't as heavy as food and not sloshy as plain liquid.

Kimmyt2010-05-01 17:14:41 +0000 #5
This morning I had half a bagel with butter, and a small slice of cantelope. If I have some time between eating and when I start moving, like a race morning, I can eat some cereal and milk b/c it won't be all sloshy by the time I run. But i really like the solidity of half a bagel, it makes me feel full without feeling like I have a brick in my stomach.

jesvetmed2010-05-01 17:40:20 +0000 #6
If I'm just getting up and going soon, I'll have a banana and water. But if I'm going to go in more than an hour, I'll have cereal, banana and soy milk, and a few bites of cottage cheese. It all seems to settle fine by an hour later.
emily_in_nc2010-05-01 19:21:42 +0000 #7
A Clif bar holds me comfortably for a five-mile run.
rbs4fun2010-05-01 19:34:03 +0000 #8
Most of the time if I get out of bed to go for a run, Gatorade only. But if I will be up more than 2 hours before my run, a banana or instant oatmeal works well for me.



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