I eat a banana before my morning runs. I have tried going on an empty stomach but i feel like i have less energy then. It could just be coincedence tho. And conversly, i can't run with a full belly either. So a banana is a happy medium.
Dont worry about eating the calories you just burned either. Most of your daily calorie burn comes from your body just existing. You would have to do crazy amouts of exercise to burn off every calorie you ate.
1. I eat a bagel slice w/PB or nutella, or a waffle, before a race. But if the race is in the early AM and a modest distance (like Pastafarian said, 10K or below), it's more important for me that I have a small black coffee w/sugar. The caffeine is a must!
2. It's up to you if you want to have a protein drink before you run. Some people sip on protein shakes before, during *and* after their workouts. But personally, for certain training sessions, such as a long run or a key speed workout, I focus on carbing-up instead. I save the protein shake as a post-training meal.
3. I have very personal opinions re: weight loss, training & maintanance. I think it's fine to do a caloric deficit and run @ the same time. But I don't expect good results (i.e., better endurance or speed) on a calorie deficit, either.Personally, I decrease my exercise load when I diet hard. If I'm *training* hard, then I make sure to get my proper nutrient and caloric allotment for recovery.
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That's reassuring to hear so many people run without breakfast for these ridiculously early races. Up to 10K, I don't bother with breakfast. Longer than 10K, I'll wake early so I can have 2 hours to digest.
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I'm not an early morning person so I actually like to have a bit of food in my stomach before I run or else I won't have much energy at all. Sometimes I even start to feel sick after my run if I don't eat, or even run on a full stomach.
I also like to have a good fruity protein shake after a run to help build muscles that I just worked out. I have a couple of protein shake recipes on my account and you are more than welcome to check them out. I like to actually make my protein shake instead of just buy them to save money.
And for your third question, pretty much everything ALL4THEMUTTS had said. I don't have that much knowledge but I am learning more and more everyday.
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1) I found that I have better performance when I eat first. Something light (yogurt/granola) about an hour before I run. I long ago gave up just heading out the door. But then again, I don't get an early start either... ;)
2) I usually do a protein shake after a run. But it would be an acceptable meal prior to a run. Again, you have to find what your body will tolerate...
3) I look at it this way - I eat the calories I eat for weight maintenance. That controls whether I gain/lose/maintain. When I run, I eat more (be it through fuels, recovery foods, what have you). The reason you eat more... The stress you put on your body exceeds your normal bodily requirements. That is what your regular meals are for. The additional nutrition you take in to offset your running (notice I said nutrition, not food - make those calories count!) is to replenish your energy stores, give your body building blocks to repair damage (microtears in muscles) during your recovery and keep your body from robbing peter to pay paul.
Hey, when you do more, you get to eat more. When you build more muscle, you burn more fat. To build muscle, you need nutrition.
Sorry to be so long-winded.... ;)
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as far as eating before a run, i guess to me it depends on the run, normally its out the door with some water. i think you need to try different things and see what works for you. as for a protein shake, I have one after a hard work out and some times before a work out. as for your intake, if you want to lose weight your intake at the end of the day you want about a 300-400 calorie deficit, so yes you want to get some carbs and protein after a run but how much is up to you. I try and plan my work outs so my normal meal is my recovery meal. again, you will need to find what works for you as you want energy for the next work out
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I run first thing in the morning, so I never eat before I run. If I have a race and there is more time between the time I get up and the race start, I will eat some fruit (grapes or a banana) or a few handfuls of dry cereal.
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Just wondering what some of you eat/drink BEFORE a race if it is early (ex. 7 am or earlier) since it would be to "early" to eat. For reasons like you are not hungry or whatever reason you may have for not eating that early???? What do YOU end up eating/drinking?
As well as what is your opinion/thoughts on protein shake before an early morning run? Would it do good since you wont be eating? Would it help anything?
ONE MORE...what good is it to eat the calories you burn for running? I have a hard time with the idea of burning say 400 calories for running and then having to eat more because of that. What good does that do? It cancels everything out so you worked hard for nothing?
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