I am going to start my runs around 5.30am before work and I just wondered what I should eat or drink before I set off. Because timing is so critical due to work I am conscious it will have to be a quick snack 😀
Early morning runs!!: I am going to start my... - Couch to 5K
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If you're still doing C25K, you could probably get away with very little. I used to go out having drunk just a small glass of water.
If your run is going to be an hour or more, you might want have something more than that but, for the half hour sessions of Couch to 5K, you'll be fine doing your run before you have breakfast as long as you're eating and drinking normally throughout the day.
Thank you so much.. yes graduated last week but definitely still on half an hour runs so perfect .. water it is 😀
In winter I can go for 90 minutes without needing to take any water with me. In hot weather it's probably about 45 minutes.
I wouldn't normally think about taking along extra food if the run's going to be less than 75 minutes. But that's something individual to me that I've worked out from personal experience.
Personally I prefer to run before eating but I try to get a glass of water at least 15mins before going. Usually plenty of fuel from day before then I eat afterwards. If I needed to eat something I'd probably go for a banana 30mins before heading out but that's just me. Think it really becomes an individual preference so may need to play about a bit to find what works best for you.
My runs are still under an hour and if running early morning I find an empty stomach suits me best. Like others I usually have a small glass of water before heading out. Today I will be running after work so will eat dinner after I get back.
If you have a heathy eating and hydration routine you should be fine with nothing except maybe a sip or two of water:)Eat when you get back ... yummy!
I run in the early morning and have a coffee, water and a bite of banana. That suits me fine, even for longer runs.
Thank you ... I read an article in my magazine that drinking coffee was good before and after a run 😀
Just be aware that caffeine can wake up your lower intestines.
Oh blimey ... Ok thank you
I go out running at that time every day and before I started couch to 5k walking at that time because of work too. I find I am just too tired to run after work. I don't eat anything before leaving as I literally jump out of bed get dressed and have 2 glasses of water whilst I am doing a few warm up stretches and off I go.
I am only on week 6, so I am also interested in what experienced runners suggestions will be on this.
I have to say I do enjoy my breakfast when I get home 😊 Good luck with your early morning starts!
I just eat a banana before a run
I always used to go on completely empty (for probably the first 2 years!) Now I like a cup of coffee about 20 minutes before I go. I've never eaten anything beforehand.
I have a 500ml bottle of water next to my bed and if I havem't finished it by morning I gulp whatever's left down before my run. Also I keep some granola, berries & greek yoghurt at work so that I can have something before I start.