Pre-Run Snack and Running

As many of my weekly runs happen during the lunch hour, I have been finding that my hunger and lack of energy have been making these runs a bit harder than they need to be.

I am an early riser; I leave my house at around 5:00 am, hit the gym from about 5:30 – 6:30, eat at about 7:00 am, and then work all morning until I run at around noon. What you will notice is that I don’t eat between my 7:00 am meal and my run. Frankly, there is not much time in there to eat as I am often going from one meeting to the next.

This 5 hour fast is affecting my running. I have read all the research that says that 5 to 6 meals per day is what a person should strive for in order to maintain constant blood sugar and reduce cravings. I have thought how I could achieve this and I think the simplest thing will be to down a banana or some other high-fiber, high energy type of snack at about 10:00 am and then about 11:45 am right before I go out on my run. I think this should help with the energy level for my run, allowing me to train a bit harder and burn even more calories. It should also help me enjoy my runs more. I will let you know how it works out. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to comment.