What To Eat Before, During Your Run

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Good food = fuel.

It’s simple. It’s also complicated if you’re not careful.

I trained for and completed my first marathon this last March as a participant in the L.A. Marathon. It was by far one of the hardest yet most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. 26.2 miles of endurance took more than just will power. It took an intake of an insane amount of calories and healthy carbs.

The number one thing I learned from the training — never underestimate the importance of what you put inside of your body.

There are hundreds of reputable websites that will list what you should and should not eat before a long run. Below, is what I’ve found to work for myself and what I’ve also found to be a wide-range consensus as to what is considered good fuel.

First, a few things to remember:

  1. Eat familiar foods. You want high carb foods which are low fat and low fiber but you also want foods easy to digest that your system is used to. You don’t want a surprise midway through you run. Trust me, I’ve heard horror stories. 
  2. More food means more time to digest, but a pre-run snack should be at least 30 minutes before you head out the door. 
  3. Always have enough water, before, during and after your run. Try to avoid the coffee prefacing a morning run. Real dehydration sucks hardcore. 

Josh Helmuth is the editor of CraveOnline Sports.

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