Friday, October 14, 2011

Fueling a Run

I'm heading downstairs for four miles with the Little Dude shortly. I'm pretty consistent with my pre-run breakfast. I'm truly a creature of habit if you've ever seen one in every aspect of my life. But, I realize that I'm not only eating what I like .... I'm FUELING my body with things it needs to GET MOVING. A good mix of carbs and protein.

My typical pre-run breakfast includes two pieces of whole wheat toast or a light english muffin, lightly spread with peanut butter; fat-free yogurt or greek yogurt; a banana (just brown and ripe enough!); and a cup of coffee with my favorite creamer (right now, my favorite is the seasonal pumpkin spice from Coffee Mate).

On a longer run, I would eat about the same, but may swap the coffee for a Diet Mountain Dew and a bottle of water; and then consume a gel quickly before I start my stop watch.

Other pre-run favorites include:

  • Honey Nut Cheerios

  • Toast with Nutella

  • Special K cereal

  • English muffins

  • Chocolate chip cookie dough energy bars

  • Honeycrisp apples

  • Nutrigrain bars

How do you FUEL your body

before a run??


  1. PB&J.
    I save the coffee for when I return ... or ... there's troubles.

  2. I prefer to run on an empty stomach unless it is over 6 miles - then I have a mini whole wheat bagel and banana at least an hour before I head out. My favorite POST run treat (and I treat myself to this after every 10 mile (or longer) run is a Tropicolada from Tropical Smoothie - I have it sith Splenda instead of sugar and I add yogurt. Then I usually follow up with an EAS Chocolate Protein drink.
    I wanted to let you know that yours was the very first blog I stumbled upon this time last year when I started training for the Disney Princess Half - I have enjoyed "joining" you on your journey and appreciate your insights and advice - you are very inspiring! Thank you for hanging in there through the tough times, too. We're pulling for you out here in blog-land! :)

  3. Most of my runs are in the afternoon after work. I have my afternoon snack around 3:30-4ish and it consists of dry roasted almonds and fruit (grapes, plum, banana). On my long runs (Sat/Sun mornings) I typically have a half bagel w/cream cheese, 1/2 eng muffin w/ pb or a snack size baggie of frosted mini wheats. I will drink a bottle of water and sip a Diet Coke.

  4. A good pre-run meal, could be 1/4 cup quick oatmeal with one scoop of your favorite protein powder with some additional fruit mixed in. And of course 8 oz of water. This will have you energized through your early run.

  5. I like whole wheat toast with peanut butter, sometimes with ground flaxseed sprinkled on top. I usually drink a mix of OJ and grapefruit juice as well.

    Also, I just noticed you are starting to schedule 2012 races already. You go, girl!

  6. mix1 works well for me or toast with peanut butter. I must confess, I have done the occasional poptart here and there for my really long runs. For some reason, it settles well. No sodas or coffee before running though. Bad idea for me.

  7. 1 egg with 2 egg whites scrambed with spinach - half avocado......and i have an ice t UNsweetened ....it is my fix

  8. I just go with a banana - dodgy tummy. For long runs I might add a bit of honey and of course I fuel every 40mins on those ones.

  9. I cannot eat right before a run - I get sick. I can do a powerbar if it's a couple hours before I start.

  10. I run on an empty stomach in the morning or possibly a granola bar.

    I like your coffee mug!