Pre-run meal


I'm starting the Couch to 5K plan soon with a running group and will be doing 2 of the runs in the evening at 7pm, the other being on a Saturday morning. For the evening runs I don't want to wait until after the run to eat, as I feel it is too near to when I'll be going to bed, but I don't want a heavy meal beforehand. Does anyone have any good meal suggestions I could try.



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  • Good lunch, then light meal at least one and half to two hours before you run. I would personally opt for small bowl of porridge and half banana but others might choose differently

  • I agree with Jacs-W a light meal only and several hours before running. I prefer to run on 'empty', so prefer running in the morning (no breakfast). If I was running longer distances and times, I would need to think more about nutrition. Everyone is different though, so experiment. Remember fluids, especially water, is important all day before and after a run. Best of luck and enjoy.

  • I can't run just after a meal, so usually run first thing before breakfast or about one and a half hours after a meal. I suggest you have a good breakfast, good lunch and then a lighter supper as early as you can before your evening run. Make sure you drink plenty of water too. Enjoy your running! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»

  • My run group go for peanut butter on whole meal toast but I like scrambled egg meself. Porridge, a nana, Sarni, homemade veg soup. Make it healthy πŸ™‚

    Leftovers I find useful for these times πŸ™‚

  • I like peanut butter on wholemeal on just these occasions. Although I'll have my meal at weird times to accommodate the running. It's not that unusual for me to have my lunch at 10.30 so I can run at lunchtime... as there's still some blubber to go, the trick is not to eat more when I get back.

  • I would say a snack a couple of hours before should do it.... then a light meal after the run?

  • Thank you all for your replies - I'll try some of the suggestions and see how I get on and then hopefully I'll find what works best for me

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