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3/30/18 5:08 P

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When I was running more often, I preffered running early in the morning. I would have a yogurt. I drank a bit of water before I left. It seems liquid in the early morning tends to send me to the bathroom more. I don't get how you can drink 1 cup of coffee but pee about 4 cups. If I ate more than that, then I risked having to use the porta potty cuz of a stomach ache. Gloria is right. I don't really think there's a right or wrong way. I think you need to go with what your body likes and can tolerate.

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2/11/18 10:07 A

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Jeanne, I think everyone is different in this regard. Some people do keto and are fat adapted and they seem to be able to exercise without food prior to or even during their run. Others need the bit of energy. I don't think there is any right way or wrong way, it is what works for the individual. I personally find that a small something to get my digestive track going and keep my blood sugar from dropping is what works best for me. I've tried intermittent fasting, tried to go to a more fat oriented diet, on and on and on, and I have found what works for me...when I have strayed from it, things go haywire. So I tend to eat a bit of something before a run, usually an RX bar because is is generally "whole food " ingredients. If I am running a short distance, I might do a child's bar, or if it is a longer distance, a regular sized one. I've also tried other types of bars or a frozen waffle with almond butter and a bit of jam. If it is just a three miler, I can manage without nutrition prior to the run but often I might have a date roll or a Larabar bite just to keep the sugar levels stable.

During my runs, if I am out there for more than 75 minutes or so, I will have a date roll...date rolls are my food of choice for long runs. I think all runners need to experiment with different nutrition during their runs and find what works best for their stomach. If you are okay without food, no worries! I have also tried Huma gels, honey stinger gels and a few other things. I know what works for me.

As far as water, my concern is dehydration. I sip all through the day - I cannot swallow much at once because of the esophagus surgery, and that includes water - nor can I tolerate much in my stomach at once - whereas most people do not feel satiety when they drink, I DO, and water makes me full. So I sip and sip and if I do not drink when I run, I do feel thirsty. It is common for me to carry water even on short runs - and if I drank a couple of cups all at once, I would most assuredly have to use the rest room during the run, hahaha!

So Jeanne, I think you are doing what works - your running has been amazing, you are doing so well and it is so apparent that not eating is not impacting you in a negative way! Keep doing what you are doing. If you want to experiment a little, that is what training runs are for! I often try out different things for my runs.

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2/9/18 12:00 A

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I decided to pull this discussion to the fore.

For the most part, I run first thing in the morning. I have not yet reached the point where I feel a need to eat before heading out the door or in run. My longest runs have been 9+ miles and about 90 minutes on my running feet. I think my longest run time was 100 minutes. I also walk for 10 minutes both before and after my runs. I eat breakfast after my runs and by that time it has typically been about 14 - 16 hours since I last ate.

Is it things like fatigue, weakness and dizziness that tip folks off that it's time to start thinking about in run fueling or pre-run fueling?

Not only have I not fueled in run, I have not felt a need to carry water while running either. Many of the places where I run have water faucets available and I've not felt a need to utilize any of them. I usually drink a couple of glasses of water when I wake. So, I've had water before I head out to run.


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

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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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