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What ought to I eat before I Run? 15 ideas to fuel Your best Running

What you eat and when you eat can have a substantial impact on how you feel and how you run. Nutrition and hydration are so essential to help you run your best, recover better, feel good and be able to keep going. 

There are two essential elements to consider when making your fuel plan – What to eat and When to eat. This is different for every body and will change as you run much more or if you change your schedule.
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How to fuel Your Body to Run Your Best 

WHAT TO eat – how long is the run? When was the last time you ate? how much fuel do you need? 

WHEN TO eat – When is your run & how much time do you need to digest before? 

What to eat before You Run

Most runners reach for easy to digest carbohydrates before they lace up. eat a much more substantial snack if you’re hungry and/or haven’t eaten in a few hours. eat a lighter snack if you’re going out for a short run and/or ate recently and just want a lil extra fuel.

Easy get & Go Foods to eat before You Run

15 Pre-Run fuel Ideas:

Banana with nut butter – easy get & go snack. You can also swap the ‘naner for your fave fruit

Toast with nut butter and jam – 1 piece may work for short runs or have 2 when you’re hungry or running long

Oatmeal with nuts – instant oatmeal packets work well and are easy to travel with for races

Overnight Oats – try this… chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats recipe

Yogurt with fruit or nuts – easy and easy to make lighter or much more substantial depending on toppings

Granola or protein Bar – objective for a bar that’s much more carbs than protein 

Pretzels with Hummus or PB – This is a good option if you crave salt after a run

Fruit and nuts – A piece of fruit and handful of nuts 

PB&J Sandwich – pack this along with your running gear if you run after work or school

Cereal trail mix – I love a homemade mix of cereal, nuts and dried fruit in a baggie for an afternoon snack

Crackers and cheese – swap the cheese for turkey or tuna if you prefer

Fruit smoothie – If you don’t like to eat before you run, a fruit smoothie might be a good work around

Tortilla with avocado – A warm tortilla with butter or smashed avocado and a dash of salt – try it.

Rice with avocado – try white rice before a run if your stomach is a lil sensitive to heavy foods

Sweet potato & PB – PB optional – but surprisingly good with a sweet potato

When to eat before You Run

Give yourself time to digest before you run. This varies depending on your stomach and what you’re eating. If you’re a new runner or new to eating before your run – objective to eat something light about 45 minutes before you plan to run. If you have a sensitive stomach give yourself a little much more time (start with 1 hour before and adjust as needed). 

If your stomach is like a steel trap and you can eat a corndog, chocolate dipped banana and half a funnel cake… then, jump on the triple flip rollercoaster no problemo – you probably won’t have issues eating best before you run. 

Figuring out the timing for when to eat is just one piece of the puzzle. another essential part is identifying exactly what to eat that will make you run your absolute best. So try a few different foods and note how you feel in your running log. 

Tips for Runners with Digestion issues or a sensitive Stomach

If you feel like you can’t eat before you run due to a sensitive stomach or digestion issues it will take extra patience to learn how to fuel your body well. 

Start with easy carbohydrates like a banana, crackers, toast or rice.

Eat at least 45 minutes before you run.

Then, write comprehensive notes in your log with any related information. 

Your log ought to include what you ate and what time. This will help you identify if you need much more time to digest certain foods. in some cases GI issues can be related to timing, in some cases they can be caused by what you actually ate – and in some cases BOTH of these elements can cause tummy trouble while running.

Keep notes on what you ate or drank before you run and how you felt during the run – good or BAD. just like we only pay attention to our knee when it’s hurting… you may only notice your stomach when it’s angry at you for eating the DUI Nachos from your local Mexican place (that’s really a thing near me).

But what you ate when you didn’t have any GI distress implies = Your Body liked That Fuel. So make sure you take notes on the good days too and build on that.

After a few weeks of easy carbs (bananas, bread, rice) try to incorporate a little bit of fat with it. Again, take comprehensive notes. build on this process until you feel you’re fueling yourself well to run your best.

More suggestions and info on What To eat before You Run:

Nutrition 101 for Runners

Hydration guide for Runners 

What I eat in a Day – Food Diary

Macros 101 – Run eat Repeat Podcast 137

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats Recipe


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