Question: Should I be eating or drinking before or during a run?
A common mistake most novice runners make is to think that, since they are just starting out, they do not need to worry about nutrition or hydration. In fact, the food you eat and liquid you take in are just as vital as your running shoes. Knowing what to eat and drink can have an effect on your health and running performance. Therefore, it is worthwhile to dedicate some thought to what you put into your body when you are getting ready for a run. Typically, you want to try
Question: Alright, so what should I be eating?
If you are running longer than an hour or doing an intense workout, eating a small meal of 300-400 calories an hour and a half prior to your run would be ideal. That pre-workout meal should consist of carbohydrates. Some examples include: banana and energy bar, small bowl of cereal with milk, toast with peanut butter, or yogurt. Avoid slow-to-digest fatty and high-fiber foods. Or, try a liquid source like a meal-replacement drink or a fruit smoothie. Though you can get aw