Many people who are getting into running for the first time often times don’t know the proper way to handle eating as a runner. Some think that you need to eat before going on a run, because you need the energy, and that’s true, but only sometimes. Let’s dig in and see what the proper practices are when it comes to eating as a runner.
Proper eating before a run – do you go on an empty stomach?
I found this article on RunnersWorld.com that talks about eating right as a runner really enlightening on this matter. Their advice and my personal experience is that if you plan on running for less than 1 hour, then you shouldn’t eat beforehand. Taking in food for a short exercise will only tire you, as your body starts digesting it.
But, if you go on a longer run, or you also include a workout in your routine, then you should eat, but light foods. Eat fruits, salads, and things like that. What’s more important is that you don’t forget to hydrate in both scenarios. Drinking enough water is crucial for a runner. Sometimes we confuse hunger for thirst, and we end up eating unnecessarily, so drink up. Anyway, folks over at RunnersWorld explained is best on the link above. Your body might need a different scheme, and that’s for you to find out. Good luck and don’t forget to have fun.