I’m not an expert in fitness or nutrition, but here are some of my favorite foods to eat before running. These have proven to NOT cause gastric distress for me.* Some of these are good choices if you’re squeezing in a run after lunch, while others are fantastic pre-race fuel!
- Banana! My go-to no-fail pre-race “meal” is a banana with some sort of nut butter. I even got a tattoo dedicated to my love for bananas before running.
- Sushi. I know, it sounds weird. Like I said, I’m no expert, but maybe it’s because of the carbs and protein? This is a nice lunch option if I know I need to run between lunch and dinner.
- Gu. I only recently started using Gu before I run (in addition to the usual mid-long run Gu) and it’s amazing! It’s a nice quick shot of fuel if I’m on a tight schedule (ahem…hit snooze one too many times) and need to get out the door.
*Everyone is different, so don’t take this as a guarantee that these foods won’t send you running for a mid-run bathroom break.
Do you have any favorite pre-run foods? Anything “weird” or surprising?