What do you eat before walking/running?

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Registered: 03-22-2007
What do you eat before walking/running?
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Mon, 09-09-2013 - 4:47pm

I've a couple of weeks in on getting healthier.  I started walking first, and within the past week started a program that gets you up to running a 5K.  I'm not a runner, but so far sticking to it.  I just hope I can do better with running than I have been! 

I'm not sure what and when I should eat before running?    It varies by day on what time I run, usually in the morning or around dinner when my kids are at practice.  Also, how much water should you drink beforehand?

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Registered: 09-12-2013
Thu, 09-12-2013 - 2:07pm
Walking and running is good to improve fitness and physical performance but health is also important with all of these. Eat fruit, salads, yogurt, drink fruit juices, water before going to running and walking. It improve mood, give energy, build stamina, make strong muscles. and prevent from many diseases like cancer, heart attack and diabetes. Tacoma boot camp
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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 09-12-2013 - 8:45am
Doesn't it feel wonderful when you make progress towards a goal?! Good for you! I don't run, but I generally eat a protein bar prior to working out, or as the others mentioned, I might eat about an hour prior to a gym class with ww toast and two egg whites. Please keep us posted on your progress. You are an inspiration for others on the board, and there is a wonderful support team here for you!
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 09-11-2013 - 6:40pm

Congrats on the changes!  Remember that if a week feels challenging, you can always repeat it before you move on (unless you're training for a certain date) but shuffling is fine!  As they say, no matter how slow you think you're going, you're still lapping everyone on the couch. Are you doing the Color Run?






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Wed, 09-11-2013 - 4:44pm
Thanks Karla! It sure doesn't feel good when I'm doing it, but feels good accomplishing something positive. Today, I wore a pair of capri jeans that I haven't worn for at least 2 summers, so yay for me! Thanks for the advice, I need to work on eating earlier so it works with when I want to go running.

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Wed, 09-11-2013 - 4:43pm
Thank jeanwl! I think the program I'm doing is similar to the coach potato, it's from the Color Run. I'm on week 2 so far, I never thought I would be able to do it, but I did. Sure I was shuffling more than running the last 2 legs, but I still did it ;) Thanks for your advice, and will be sure to keep you posted on my progress.

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 09-10-2013 - 11:31am

HI Melissa and welcome to the board. I am not much of a runner either but have committed myself to a race in a few weeks so I've mapped out a plan and I have stuck to my plan so far too. Doesn't it feel great?! :-)

If I run in the mornings I will have a normal breakfast (bowl of oatmeal) then run about 45 minutes to an hour later. If I run in the afternoons I usually will have a snack of apple w/peanut butter or protein bar. If I go out in the evening I don't eat a snack if it is after dinner. I don't drink a whole lot of water before walking/running but do make sure I hydrate when I am done.

Good luck and congrats on sticking to your program.

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 09-09-2013 - 6:08pm

Congratulations on making a start!  Are you doing the couch potato to a 5k in 8 week program?  I love that program.  If you're running first thing in the morning, you might want a little snack about an hour before running, the equivalent of half a piece of toast w/ pb, cereal w/ milk; about half of a regular breakfast.  You could drink water about an hour before, too, about 4-6 oz. But, you don't really have to do anything special for half an hour of exercise unless you're sweating profusely.  The best thing is to go by how thrsty you are.  If you do eat, make sure you're rearranging your daily intake and not just adding extra food. Let us know how it goes!