Morning Runs

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    Nov 02, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    Does anyone here go on runs before they start their day? Do you have a pre-run meal or anything else before you go out? What do you do?
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    Nov 02, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    When I was out of work, I used to run in the mornings. I'm not too fond of eating before a run anyways. So I kept it simple. Usually a bagel with peanut butter and jelly. Cup of coffee. Wait about an hour or so to make sure it was fully digested. Then go out.
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    Nov 02, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    Depends on how far I'm going. 3-6 miles, just water. Anything above that, oatmeal, english muffin, or bagel . . . NO DAIRY for this guy : ) Hope this helps!
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    Nov 02, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    I'm really more of an afternoon runner, but will occasionally run in the morning, particularly on the weekends. I'm careful not to eat too much, but have to have some form of energy. Usually I'll have yogurt and a banana then wait maybe 30 minutes before I head out.
  • TennisJock10

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    Nov 02, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    6am runs everyday day (the outdoor, exercise activity I mean icon_razz.gif )

    I don't eat anything before, but usually do protein shake and coffee after. I get grumpy when I don't have my morning Joe! (coffee, not a person)

    Lol sorry for the bad jokes.
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    Nov 02, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    I eat a granola bar, honey stinger, banana, or a cliff bar. For a longer run, I will eat oatmeal, especially now that it is cooler. But in the end, you should just experiment. Some foods work better for different people. Some of my friends can't do oatmeal because the fiber will make them use the restroom.
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    Nov 02, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    I'm a huge fan of morning runs. I usually eat a banana, drink some water, and I'm on my way.
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    Nov 02, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    I used to, but arthritic knees and all... I do go out and do farm chores before breakfast. The old farm formula is OJ and (depending on the season and work intensity_) maybe fruit or a small pastry upon rising. Then a full breakfast after the early work is done and the sun is coming up. During harvest season, the day starts at 0400, so I usually take a double latte in a go-cup and grab some fruit off the trees. Then if things are under control, I go back to the hacienda for breakfast around 0800.

    Sorry. Long-story short. Something light before, then chow down after.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Nov 02, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    Banana and or oatmeal only. I can't run on a full stomach. I go early in the.mornings or later at night when it cools down.
  • A_1991

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    Nov 02, 2012 6:04 AM GMT
    I like to have some tea to wake me up, I dont eat though since it defeats the point of morning runs if your going to eat a big meal.
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    Nov 02, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    Power bar and a little bit of a protein shake. I like running at dawn (when I can) especially along the beach. Which granted isn't as cool as it sounds because California is on the west coast so the sun comes over the mountains instead, but counting the seals keeps my mind preoccupied anyway...
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 02, 2012 11:39 AM GMT
    I hate getting out of bed at 5:30 a.m., but I LOVE my morning runs once I get out the door. Just back from a great run, as a matter of fact.

    Generally I don't eat anything at all before these pre-dawn runs, or at most maybe a banana and a glass of water. If I was doing more than my usual 6-7 miles, I probably would need to eat a power bar or something.

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    Nov 02, 2012 11:47 AM GMT
    I walk to my car while going to work. That is a long enough run for me.
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    Nov 02, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    Usually 6-7 miles each morning at 6:30 AM. Just a few sips of gatorade before I go. If its a long run on the weekend, I will also have some bread, butter and jam.
  • FRE0

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    Nov 02, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    When I lived in San Diego, for a few years I would arise at about 5:30 AM and run up to six miles before breakfast on alternate days. It was nice running while the weather was still cool. Eventually I changed to running before dinner.
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    Nov 02, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    Evening runs for me. Sleep like a baby.
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    Nov 02, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    I do better running in the morning. I run on an empty stomach for a shorter run and eat a banana before a long run along with lots of water to keep me hydrated.
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    Nov 02, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    I love running in the morning. So does my dog. I'm taking a break from running so I tried something new today - morning laps in the pool. I was shamed by some old lady who knows how to swim! ( evidently i suck! )
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    Nov 02, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    I always workout in the mornings. Mostly because if I attempt to workout in the afternoon it won't happen. I need to start eating before I workout...
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    Nov 02, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    No meal. You got all time to eat breakfast after your run. Just get the run over with first, stretch and then go ahead and chow down.
  • FriscoJansen

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    Nov 02, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    Morning runs are a great start to my day and I have routinely done so for the past 5 years. I usually run a mile in the morning which is enough to get me going for the day ahead. I don't eat anything prior, I throw my shoes on, wash my face, grab my phone for music and head out the door. It's when I get out there I realize at times I lack sufficient energy but when I return I usually replenish with h2o or have a fruit bar so usually something light. When I do get to work we usually order out breakfast which is oatmeal with blueberries or our guilty pleasure, a huge breakfast burrito from our spot icon_razz.gif That even more gets my day going even better.
    So I'd say choose something nourishing, light and not heavy on the digestive system. Fruits and vegetables have the greatest amount of carbs (of course amounts vary by type) providing energy to be readily available for that run.
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    Nov 02, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidMorning runs are the worst. icon_eek.gif

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    Lol yup, that's what I thought this thread was going to be about.

    Seriously tho, I jog on my days off usually. I live right on the Hudson across from Manhattan so the view alone is my motivation. But most days I walk a total of 10 miles to and from work (5 miles there and back) by choice. As long as I have my music.
    I walk to the beat of my music, I wonder if people notice... ?
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    Nov 02, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Get up early enough and you can do it naked.
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    Nov 03, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
    In my 6 am Crossfit class they often make us run a mile, without a banana or something before, it's hard. Also, without a warmup, I get shinsplints.
  • Southern_Draw...

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    Nov 03, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    I love to roll out of the bed and go jogging no more than 5 miles. If I attempt anything more than 5 miles I need to eat a banana or something.