Thursday, May 20, 2010

What's for breakfast?

At the end of the month, I'm talking to a group of runners @ running and nutrition.  In thinking about what I want to share, it got me researching - running & eating, hydration, nutrients, etc.  Ask 10 people and get 10 answers.  No surprise, that's pretty much what I found on the internet. 

I'm always reading about what you should eat before and after a run; carbs prior and carb + protein after say many.  Definitely need fuel and recovery for your body.  I read this stuff but do I always follow what I read?  Do others? 

I did a little informal survey of my a.m. running team.  Four of us ran today and here's our BEFORE and AFTER eating. 

Runner 1 - BEFORE-whole wheat toast w/PB, banana.  AFTER-hard boiled egg
Runner 2 - BEFORE-nothing.  AFTER-hard boiled egg
Runner 3 - BEFORE-hard boiled egg.  AFTER-hard boiled egg, skinny bagel w/PB, 2oz turkey sausage and water, water, water
Runner 4 - BEFORE-hard boiled egg.  AFTER-organic oatmeal

How did we do?  We have the hard boiled egg thing down for sure but we need to get some carbs into us BEFORE and AFTER.  So often we are afraid of carbs due to weight gain but when running, we need to let that go.  Big shout out to Runner 3 for the water, water, water!!! Water is crucial.  Off to share the survey results with the team.  Interesting.........I wonder how the running group next week will answer the BEFORE and AFTER

Love to hear what you eat BEFORE and AFTER  a run?


  1. As a fellow ATC member saw your posting on miles run for the weekend. As for food before and after, doesn't matter if it is a 5 mile exercise or a marathon I can only eat a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter. Anymore than that and I feel I am running with a watermelon strapped to my stomach. After is a different story - G2 low calorie, water, carbs, and to my my normal meals.
    Thanks, Ryun

  2. Ryun says it well. You have to know your own body. If it works for you, go with it....if not, avoid it. There is no "one size fits all" advice.


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