What to eat before a run
The goal: Prepare the body for optimal mental and physical performance with food and beverages that fuel, hydrate, and minimize digestive discomfort.
3-4 Hours Before: Enjoy a meal that is rich in carbohydrates and moderate in protein. Examples include...
- Chicken with rice & steamed vegetables
- Yogurt with berries & granola
- Oatmeal with peanut butter & banana
1 Hour Before: Enjoy a snack that is rich in easily-digestible carbohydrates and lower in fat and/or fiber. Examples include...
- Rice cakes
- Fresh or dried fruit
- Fatty/fried foods
- Foods high in fiber
- Spicy, minty, acidic or other irritating foods
Note: you may need to experiment with several pre-workout foods to find what gives you the most energy without feeling too heavy in your stomach