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Eat first?

Flybye2010-05-01 21:29:50 +0000 #1
I started running. Eyeyeeyeyeye! What have I got myself into now?

I typically get up first thing and hit the treadmill. Should I be eating first? I feel kind of crappy after this mornings run -that's the reason for the question.

I am easing into it, following the cool running site's couch to 5K.

I have completed two out of three of the workouts for week two.

Thanks for your advice!


Your running-challenged TE sister!
Kimmyt2010-05-01 21:46:04 +0000 #2
I don't like to eat big amounts before running, and I'm kinda picky about what I can handle before a run. In the a.m. I would eat something small, maybe a banana or a half of a bagel or a small bowl of cereal (skimp on the milk, I always feel like it sloshes around in my belly when I run). Then afterwards you can have a better meal when your body will need it.
froglegs2010-05-01 21:56:26 +0000 #3
I agree, eat something small and easy to digest about 20 minutes before your run. I eat a banana, or a little cereal, or a mini PBJ. I also drink a little water with whatever I eat.
Grog2010-05-01 22:45:55 +0000 #4
If the run is less than 30 minutes, I just roll out of bed, into my clothes and out of the door without eating. But I tend to have carb-heavy dinners. I do have a few sips of water, though (but certainly not a whole glass).

Between 30 minutes and one hour, I'll perhaps have a spoonful of honey (or eat half of a gel at the very beginning of my run). Yesterday I had half a mandarin orange and that worked okay. Half a small banana would probably be good too. I don't really wait for digestion, as it's a very small quantity of food that has not proven to bug me in the past.

For a run longer than an hour I'll usually have a real breakfast, if on the small side, and wait an hour or more before heading out, then eat a gel (or two) along the way...
alpinerabbit2010-05-01 23:13:05 +0000 #5
I want something that fills my stomach just a liiiiitle and doesn't acidify. So that half a banana would have to be very ripe. A half glass of milk would do, honey perhaps, but an early morning run would have to be slow.
Flybye2010-05-01 23:09:08 +0000 #6
Thanks for all of your suggestions. I don't typically eat a high carb dinner. In fact, it is the meal of the day that I avoid carbs, so I think I should eat a little something before I kick it in gear. I will try some of the things that you all suggested - thanks!



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