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EEJAYBEE Posts: 225
3/17/13 11:18 A

Thanks- will try a piece of fruit, and see how I get on!

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3/17/13 7:42 A

I usually have a part of an apple, a little peanut butter, and a cup of coffee about an hour before running. Then, after the run, an actual breakfast.

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3/17/13 2:39 A

The truth of the matter is, as evidenced by the varied replies here on this thread, there is no single, tried-and-true answer to your question.

This is a personal preference. Try it both ways, and see what works best for you. I prefer not to eat most days, but if I do a hard (as in, 1 hour intense or more) workout, I need something or I hit the "wall" about halfway through. If I don't feel like eating, I'll grab a protein shake so I have something in there.

I prefer to eat breakfast after I work out.

Your mileage may vary, so experiment and see what is the best fit for your body and lifestyle.

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3/16/13 9:10 P

Coach Nicole has an article on it here:

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3/16/13 6:49 P

Cup of coffee and that is all

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3/16/13 6:10 P

I always eat before I run..unless it's really short, 3-4 miles..then I only drink coffee beforehand.

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3/16/13 5:24 P

I'm the exact opposite of SAKURABLOSSOM9!

If I exercise before I eat, I get woozy, and feel like I'm going to faint. Just eat a little something, as was said earlier. Try a banana. That always works for me.

3/16/13 5:13 P

I personally do not anything before I run. Since I run early before work, I don't have a chance to let my food settle. If I work out after I eat my stomach gets upset or sometimes I get cramps.

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3/16/13 5:02 P

I eat a piece of toast and drink some gatorade. I know other runners who eat nothing. That doesn't work for me.

I know one guy that wakes up drinks a Coke and goes running. He also drinks a Coke for a "recovery" drink. I wouldn't recommend it.

You'll have to figure out what works best for you. You should definitely eat something after.

Edited by: SHANECODER at: 3/16/2013 (17:03)
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3/16/13 4:59 P


Just eating a small piece of fruit, glass of juice or even a half a bagel about 30-45 minutes before a run will help keep your blood sugar stable and then when you return you can eat the rest of your breakfast after your run. Many people believe that not eating before a run or workout will burn more fat, but that is not the case. Remember that while you sleep your body still burns fat and glycogen so eating something before your run is not so much to replenish your glycogen reserves (that comes from your post-run meal) but to help stabilize your blood sugar levels.

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EEJAYBEE Posts: 225
3/16/13 4:49 P

I am not a morning person, but one of the threads on this board has inspired me to think about trying to run early (ish) in the mornings. I'm not one for much breakfast first thing if I'm tired, but I don't think I could run on an empty stomach. What do you eat before an early workout/run? And do you eat again when you get back?

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