Eating before Running

by Sean

How long should I wait to go running after I eat?
And what would be a good snack to eat before running?

Answer by Dominique:

Hi there,
Thanks for your question about eating before running?

I think this one is pretty personal.
When running at night, I like to leave about a two hour gap between eating my dinner and running.

This is usually enough time for food to settle.

And this general rule of about two hours applies to most people.

When running early in the morning you don't necessarily get the luxury of waiting for a two hour gap. I have had different experiences with this.

I have tried not eating at all, but that generally makes for a tough run. A fasted run is a bit challenging, I think.

And I have definitely had morning runs that were impacted by food in the belly. Particularly milk w granola or cereal has a tendency to slosh around. And yoghurt often more or less repeats on itself when I have too much.

So, through experience I have worked out what works best for me. When it comes to eating before running in the morning, I now stick to something small and solid. A banana is a pretty solid choice, or a wrap with your favourite filling.

In the end, do a bit of experimenting and follow the Goldilocks approach and you should be just right.

Kind regards,
Dominique

BRT Newsletter



Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Running for Weight Loss - Your Questions.



Like this page:


Share this page:


Like this site:


[?] Subscribe To This Site

XML RSS
follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!

Helpful
Resources

  • Beginner Running Tips

    Are you a beginning runner? Then this is your best starting point. Many tips and running programs on offer, dedicated to you.

  • Running for Weight Loss

    Aiming to lose a few pounds? Get into the Running for Weight Loss section for tips and advice.

  • Running Training

    The Running Training section of the site has got the most articles. It is constantly getting updated with new tips and information. A must-visit if you are serious about improving your running performance.

  • 5k Running Tips

    The 5k is a great distance to run and train for. The great thing is that you can do it quite often and see big improvements.

  • 10k Running Tips

    The 10k is a real challenge. You need to run fast for an uncomfortably long time! Check out this section if you are strong of mind and legs!

  • Marathon Running Tips

    The marathon is a massive challenge. Proper training is so important! Make sure to check out this section if you have got your mind set on the marathon!




What's New?

  1. Heart Rate Monitor Training - The Zoladz Method

    Every running pace has its own heart rate zone. The heart rate monitor training zones according to Zoladz are explained in this section.

    Read more

  2. Yasso 800 :: The Marathon Pace Workout with a Twist

    running-quote-049.jpg
    The Yasso 800 is supposed to be a predictor of marathon performance. It is a marathon pace workout with a twist. Learn more about the Yasso 800 on this page.

    Read more

  3. Running for Weight Loss - Injured...

    I started a run-walk program 3 weeks ago to help me lose 80 lbs. I was up to running 3 min / walk 3 min 3 days a week on my treadmill. Last week after

    Read more

  4. What Can I Do To Improve My Half Marathon Time?

    I am a 53 yo male 5'11, 165lbs. I have been running for about 8 years. I have run 7 marathons and have never broken the 4hr mark even though all my

    Read more

  5. Daniels Running Formula Book Review - The Running Training Book You Have Got to Have

    daniels-running-formula-01.jpg
    If I had to recommend you to get one running book only, then it would have to be Daniels Running Formula by running coach Jack Daniels.

    Read more