I run as soon as I wake up, and so, most of the time, I run on an empty stomach. Though I do keep myself hydrated, I realized I was getting tired too soon, and my timing and pace also became inconsistent due to this. I’d read up about eating an hour or so before running to avoid what was happening to me. So I gave it a try and started eating light, energy giving foods at least an hour prior to my run… and it works!
Carb-high foods are what are most recommended as opposed to anything that’s high in fiber and fat. I usually eat a couple of bananas, a bowl of cereal and milk, or even bread and cheese. Foods high in fat content take longer to digest, and can weigh you down when you run, and high fiber foods, like veggies, fruits and whole grains, can cause gastrointestinal distress during any workout. So it’s best to avoid them before a run.
What are some of the quick fix meals that you indulge in before you run? Do you see any correlation between the food you eat and your performance before a run?