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5/15/12 8:47 P

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Since I have started eating low-carb my body does not need fuel before a run unless it's more than 5 or 6 miles. If I feel like it I will eat a little yogurt or a few nuts.
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5/15/12 4:03 P

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Hi KAPELAKIN,

The food you eat just before your workout will not have time to digest and load your glycogen stores in the liver and muscle cells, BUT what it will do is to help stabilize your blood sugar so that your body does not have to dip into the glycogen stores right off the bat. HOWEVER, I do want to say that the longer (period of time--months and year wise) you have have been running the more your body can handle without having to fuel before your run. A small bagel or even a small banana will suffice. While GU is an option, the high concentration of carbohydrates can cause some runners to have some GI issues.

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5/15/12 12:35 P

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If you're feeling out of energy on your morning runs, it's possible that you may not be eating enough the night before. Anything you have in the morning is more to keep you from feeling hungry, and depending on what you eat, your body may not even start using the morning snack for energy until well into your run.

You might want to try eating something before going to bed the night before. When I was marathon training, I would usually have a bowl of cereal just before bedtime. When I get up in the morning I'm don't feel particularly hungry, and I had enough energy to go about 45 minutes before I would start feeling like I needed something.

If you don't want to do that, you can try the sports gels, chews, and smoothies that are available, and take something with you for any runs over an hour. Stay away from anything with fiber or hard to digest protein. The peanut butter balls sound delicious!

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5/15/12 12:14 P

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Thanks, I will have to experiment. I don't want to have to chew much first thing in the morning. . emoticon I know there are some nutrition bars that are soft, and bananas could work as well, though I do a smoothie with lots of fruit for breakfast. When we were kids, my brother and I used to make peanutbutter balls out of PB, honey and powdered milk. I might try making some of those. It seems like honey would be a good quick carb and the PB is calorie-dense.

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5/15/12 11:22 A

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or some of those granola fruit bars? You know....those breakfast bar thingies?

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or some of those granola fruit bars? You know....those breakfast bar thingies?

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5/15/12 11:07 A

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How about a banana? Easy to keep on the bedside.

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5/15/12 10:56 A

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As the weather heats up, I'm planning to run 1-2x per week before work, which means heading out the door at 6:00, for 5.5 miles. Last night I kept a water bottle near my bed, and drank about a cup when I first woke up around 5:30, and a little more before I headed out the door. My run this morning was brutal and I was really slow, so I'm thinking I really need some fuel. I really don't want to get up before 5:30 because I'm out at the stable training my horse in the evenings until 9 pm most nights.

I am lucky in that I can handle eating 100-150 calories shortly before running, so long as it's not bulky, but I'm trying to think of something I could just put on my nightstand so I can eat it immediately when I wake up and have a bit of time to process it before I start running. Is GU my best option, or are there "real" foods that would work?

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