I have been running 5 miles in the early AM for some time. Tried to eat 1st but does not work for me. If I have enough carbs the prior day I am good on 2 cups of coffee with skim milk. Then about an hour later I have oatmeal and banana, I think you guys are right it is more of an individual thing.
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Personally, for anything morning workout under an hour I prefer to stick with a cup of coffee just to get me going. If I am going to be going more than that, I found that a Cliff Bar 30 minutes gives me that extra nudge. I've tried several other things and that is oddly, the only thing that doesn't cause GI issues.
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I am an empty stomach person. I get up early to do my runs, I have NO time allotment to eat first and wait the recommended time before heading out. This doesn't bother me except sometimes 1/2 way thru my runs I am ravenous!
I was thinking of having a glass of milk or something in the morning, that would be doable. Or I could eat a banana. I'll see how that works out.
Edited by: BAILEYS7OF9 at: 4/6/2011 (10:45)
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Laura, I'm the same way. But, I also have to have something so, if I'm running early in the morning, I have oatmeal, coffee and 2 large glasses of water 1.5 - 2 hours before I run. Then, I'm good for about 4 miles. If I run longer, I still have to run somewhere that has a bathroom along the way. On my long runs when it's 10-11 miles, I stop twice. I hate that but happy for trails that have maintained restrooms year round along the way!
Edited by: DEB163 at: 4/6/2011 (00:20)
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I really think it's individual. Some people do well with pre-workout food, some don't. Personally, I spent years forcing myself to eat breakfast before I worked out, always feeling slightly nauseous when working out after. One day I finally decided to just go to the gym after my coffee only, and surprise! I felt great. Plus I was hungry and looking forward to my after-workout breakfast, instead of trying to eat even though I wasn't hungry. On the other hand, my best friend can't function without food in her tummy first thing. You could always try both and see which one works best for you personally.
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I don't think working out on an empty stomach is a problem as long as it isn't bothering you. My rule of thumb is, if the workout is less than 75 minutes and I am exercising within an hour of getting up, I don't eat. If it is later or longer than 75 minutes I eat something. There was an article around Christmas in the NY Times that actually says working out BEFORE breakfast can lead to extra weight loss. Really, it is an individual choice - I always have coffee though!
While I agree with Coach Nancy that it IS better to have something beforehand, my system won't let me personally. If I eat anything before my run, I will no doubt have to go back home just after 1-2 miles to (sorry if TMI) use the bathroom :( I do, however, have no problem drinking coffee beforehand, or using Gu while I'm out running - it doesn't bother me at all. Just my 2 pennies :)
I think it is a good idea for most people to have a little something to eat before they workout, as to how much is dependent on where you are in fitness quest and the intensity and/or duration of the run/workout.
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