Whether you’re running a marathon or going on a quick sprint around the block, it’s important to fuel your body with the right foods. Nourishing your body with the proper nutrition will help you stay energized, prevent injuries and push yourself to new limits. That being said, certain foods are more helpful for exercise than others.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at when and what to eat before a run, the types of foods you should include in your pre-workout meal as well as a few foods you should avoid. Before heading out on your next run, here’s what you should know!
How Soon Should You Eat Before a Run?
Running on an empty stomach is a bad idea. On the other hand, consuming a full meal right before putting on your running shoes is also a bad idea. So, when exactly should you eat before a run?
According to Verywell Fit, you should not feel starved or stuffed when starting a run. An empty stomach could leave you fatigued and a full stomach can lead to cramping. There are multiple studies with differing opinions on how soon you should eat before exercise but on average you should eat a light meal about 1.5 to 2 hours before running or a small snack about 30 minutes to an hour before running.
If running becomes a regular part of your routine, you’ll get to know your body and find a timing schedule that works for you.