What to Eat in the Morning Before Running | Runner’s High

Whether from necessity or some sort of perverse pleasure, you are someone who gets up in the morning and runs. But you always run into the problem of what the heck do I eat before I go and run in the morning? I’m Jesse Funk and today on this episode of Runner’s High, we’re gonna talk a little bit about what to eat in the morning right when you get up just before you go run.

In another video, I actually talked a lot about what do you eat before you run, period. There’s a lot of considerations to take into account and a lot of those happens to be the same thing for what you’re going to do in the morning.

You don’t want to do too greasy, too fibrous, and you want something easily digestible. So, that makes a lot of suggestions like fruit, toast, basic cereal, cereal bars; all those kinds of things are going to be good go-to’s for you in the morning. 

I personally eat protein waffle with peanut butter and honey. And that’s going to be too heavy for some people. It’s actually too heavy for me on race day, I have to cut that in half. But that’s a part of the kind of experiment of you running and figuring out what you’re going to eat in the morning. 

The other thing that is the biggest factor in the morning versus just going for an afternoon run is you may not have gone to the bathroom yet. So, GI distress is going to be a bigger issue with running in the morning than if you’ve gone in the afternoon, and everything’s already flowing. If you haven’t been running in the morning, and you’re just starting your routine, you may notice that you get some pains, so to speak, after you get done running before you urgently have to go to the bathroom.

At least from my experience that will settle out and it’ll make you easier to eat in the morning, figure that out before you go run. But the biggest things to eat before you go run in the morning like I said, very easily digestible, easy carbs

Another option is actually to eat nothing. And I only suggest that if your run is going to be short. Say you’re going out for 15 minutes, 20 minutes, a half-hour, then it may be a good idea to get up, do your routine, warm-up, go up your run, come back, and then eat afterwards. Because you have that nice half-hour roughly, after you get done working out where your body has the ability to absorb nutrients at a faster rate. 

So, those are my suggestions of what you should eat before you go run in the morning. I’ll see you on the next episode of Runner’s High.

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