Couch to 5K

Eating before running

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I’m always desperate for it. I make porridge using half skimmed milk, half water and stir in some frozen berries and a spoonful of linseeds for (ahem) regularity. I then wait about 90 mins before running. I’ve not noticed any problems but have seen posts which recommend breakfast after running. Maybe this is more important for those trying to lose weight? I could happily lose a kilo or two but it’s not my main motivation. Tbh I’d really struggle to run or even function on an empty stomach. Any advice/ opinions?

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If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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I’m same as you. I crave my porridge on run days. I make mine with plain watter, and have recently weaned myself off adding honey etc, prompted by my four year old great nephew who sagely tells me I don’t need it 🐝 I do have berries as a rule 😋

60 to 90 mins later I hit the road or trail

For my marathon I had double porridge, served by the hotel in two bowls. Cos it was a special occasion, and the sprog wasn’t watching, I had golden syrup in one bowl and honey in the other 😎😛

You do what’s right for you, we’re all different 🙂

I have had my legs fail me on a 10k and never want to experience it again. It was my own stupid bad planning as I only intended doing a 3k, but somehow kept going, and on an empty stomach 😖 You live and learn

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Thanks for your response, it’s good to know I’m not the only one who needs or wants to fuel up first.

By the way, congratulations on your fantastic weight loss. Maybe you need a new name?!

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I don't think that whether you eat before or after a run is going to make any difference to weight loss, on the basis of calories in and calories out.

It comes down to a matter of personal preference.

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Thanks. I was wondering more if there were other reasons why it was better to eat after running rather than before. The weight issue is not my worry luckily!

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Oh don’t say that, i work on the assumption “ I can run it off “ 😎😁

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For me.,. If i have run and home by 9am i dont eat first.

If i am running at 9am or later, i have a simat regime as you, porridge made with water, with a splash of soya milk, berries or half banana, no honey or syrup if I am running, it sits heavy ☹️

Find what suits you , we are all different 👍🏼

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You do what feels right for you...you are leaving time in between eating and running.. fine:)

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Thanks, that’s reassuring

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