I MUST have one cup of coffee or I'm worthless. After that, my pre-run fuel tends to be (in order of frequency): oatmeal with maple syrup, sometimes with a mashed half banana mixed in. whole wheat toast with a little butter and a honey stinger gel drizzled on top whole wheat toast with almond butter and a half of a banana pumpkin cinnamon chip muffin from local baker (big yum!)
For anything less than an hour, I might bring water, but that's it. If it's going to be over an hour, I will start to fuel every 4 miles. I also don't typically bother w/ gatorade, etc unless it's hot and I know I'm going to sweat a lot.
Post run, I, too, am a big fan of the chocolate milk! I found a version at my local Lowe's Foods by Shamrock Farms, called Rockin' Refuel. It's got some extra protein etc thrown in there, and tastes like a big fat shake.. awesome!
Usually make sure I have a good meal the night before, and plenty of water. Then in the morning I have two slices of toast, one with pb and one with honey and a glass of orange squash. During runs up to 6 miles I dont fuel on the go, 6+ I tend to take a gel, either SiS or Lucozade, I take water with me also.
On my next long run I am going to fill one bottle on belt with water and the other with isotonic drink and also a gel.
I am conscious of the chemicals in gels though and am going to try a little packet of honey one of these days.
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I will eat half a Luna bar and half a banana before longer runs (8m or more) and then do sport beans on long runs usually 9miles or more, 2 beans every mile starting with mile 5. I have done Clif bloks too which don't upset my stomach but are harder for me to swallow. About a half hour after the run I have the rest of my Luna and banana.
For cardio workouts (including running) that last less than an hour, I usually don't eat anything in advance but will have a cup of coffee. I work out early in the morning (around 6 am) before breakfast. On weekdays after workouts, I usually have a high protein/high fiber cereal with a bit of milk afterward.
For workouts that are 1-2 hours long, I usually have some Clif Shot Blocks and coffee beforehand. Meals afterward vary.
The only thing that's really essential pre-race fuel for me is coffee. The problem is that all that liquid leads to multiple trips to the toilet (especially if I'm nervous pre-race). But I might have found a solution. For the recent 5M race I ran, I just had an espresso, instead of a large cup of coffee. That delivered sufficient caffeine, but I didn't spend all of the pre-race time in the line-up for porta potties.
I have to be really careful with what I eat before I run, I am prone to both gastric distress AND low blood sugar...
Before long runs I, too, will usually have an english muffin with PB, or with egg beaters to make a sandwich. During the run, I have either skittles or sports jelly beans in my pocket. Anything else will send me running for a bathroom!
I am totally hooked on home made spelt chocolate chip pancakes with PB2 a couple of hours before a long run. For a short run, it really just depends . . . Sometimes waffles with PB2 or oatmeal with PB2 & 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips or a protein bar.
During, if it's a short run, usually nothing or maybe a few honeystinger chews or sone PB2 crackers. Long runs, GU about every 45 minutes.
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I'm all about oatmeal and peanut butter and banana prior to a long run. I have my normal 2 cups of water, 2 cups of coffee, and that dish before just about any event. I eat early enough that it's well settled before I start running. Once, I had only a banana about a 20 minutes before running and I thought I was going to hurl the entire 3 miles. No big deal of a run, but horrible for my stomach. I need at least 90 minutes between eating and running.
During the run, I've used dried fruit, Honey Stingers, and Gu. I like all three, just change them up for variety's sake. I'll have a Gu every 3 miles. The fruit or Honey stingers, I'll pop every 2 miles, just enough to keep the sugar going, like a steady stream of energy. C~
Once again, I'm with Fangfacekitty. English muffin with peanut butter and banana before a long run (and my coffee with fat free milk). Depending on how I'm feeling, I eat some sort of fruit snacks between miles 6 and 10. I usually just eat a couple at at time, not all at once. Fruit snacks are just what I have available since I'm too lazy to buy anything special. The most important fuel for me is water
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Before a race and before a long run I have an English Muffin / bagel / toast with peanut butter. During a long run I generally use the Clif Shot Bloks, I will have 1 piece every 2 miles on average. I tried going longer distances between the shot bloks but around mile 6-8 I would really crash and finally settled on the 2 mile spacing. On one memorable occasion I had my regular bowl of cereal with soy milk for breakfast before my run and I shall never do that again. Same with oatmeal or other hot cereal.
Much depends on when and how long I'm running. Before a race, I usually eat a light breakfast when I first get up, then just before the race starts (usually a couple hours after breakfast) I'll eat a Clif Kid bar, Lara Bar or something of the sort right before the race. During longer runs and races (at least an hour or more), I fuel with one or two gels along the way (I like the PowerBar gels, but Gu is okay) and maybe a few PowerBar chews or something like that. After a run, I try to have something like chocolate milk or an egg. It definitely pays to experiment on training runs to see what works best for you; I haven't had stomach issues with any of the gels I've tried, but I did find that I REALLY need water after having one.
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I usually run first thing - 5am - so for short runs of 3-6 miles I usually don't eat anything. When I get back I like either some Gatorade or low-fat chocolate milk. For longer runs I like about half a energy bar - current fav is PowerBar Harvest Energy in Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. It's just enough but doesnt' upset my stomach. Then during the run I will usually consume a whole package of Honey Stingers - the little gumdrop style. I have also tried the gu, but like the honeystingers better. It took a while to figure out the balance between enough and not to much.
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