Breakfast before a Half Marathon

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14/09/2011 at 20:11
Just take some milk and boil it in the kettle, just give it a good rinse before and after, works a treat.
14/09/2011 at 20:42

I'm pretty chilled about hotel brekkies the morning before a race these days.  My second marathon was Paris and I was a bit concerned that there wouldn't be an opportunity to have my usual porridge.  As it was I didn't feel very hungry in the morning and breakfast was half a roll, a coffee, OJ and some water.  Didn't stop me running a PB and a negative split. 

Since then I've been happy to eat whatever is on offer that has a bit of carb in it.  Any cereal's OK as long as it's not tooo high fibre, or a couple of slices of toast.  I think the evening meal the day before - plus sensible taper, sleep, hydration, etc. - is just as important as being able to fit in your usual race morning breakfast routine.

15/09/2011 at 10:47
Milk in the kettle - Thats a brilliant* & simple solution. Will be doing that.
15/09/2011 at 22:43

Agree its personal thing but I swear by 2 poached egss on toast!!! No cooker......bugger that i bring my single gas stove for camping!!! with a little thing that does toast on a hob!!

16/09/2011 at 08:42
PiXieLoNgStOcKiNg wrote (see)

A smoothie sounds lovely but it would have to be in my bag for 24 hours. Not so lovely...


why not chill it then stick in a Thermos flask?
21/09/2011 at 09:46
UPDATE - DO NOT PUT MILK IN A KETTLE - EXPLOSION !!!!
21/09/2011 at 09:49
    oops
21/09/2011 at 10:23
LOL ! I use the porridge pots and just add hot water .... tasted good enough to me and did the trick for my race last sunday
21/09/2011 at 11:31
Yes, Hubby sat on the bed eating his porridge pot (Made up with water) as he watched me running around with this bubbling kettle. Just water for my porridge in future...
21/09/2011 at 11:41
Another for the porridge pot. Had one for the first time on Sunday and I was pleasantly surprised.
21/09/2011 at 12:10
My habits are very Spartan. I always run empty and dry.
This GNR was no different even though it was the first HM
I had raced. I drank no liquids the morning of the race and
ate nothing. I made sure I had a good dinner before 8 the night
before with water to drink no coffee, or coke and certainly no
alcohol! By the time of the start I had been to the toilet 3 times
so no risk of needing a leak at mile 6! I saw plenty of people mostly
men my age sucking back bottles before the race and lots of guys
my age taking a leak at miles 1 and 2! You get older bladder gets weaker.
Also when you start running your bladder reflex can get triggered.
Hence gentle jogging should be part of your warm up
and some fast strides. I ate a quarter of a high carbon bar right before
race start another quarter at 6 miles more later. Water wise none till
mile 7 and that was a just to wet my mouth and at 9-10 I actually
drank a mouthful
Like I said Spartan but it works.
21/09/2011 at 12:18
I have also heard that its good to put on a pound or two in the tapering period to give you good energy storage. For a skinny guy like me that's hard but I try to.always have a good diet. It's the before that counts more than the during.
21/09/2011 at 12:23
I used to run on an empty stomach but found it just didnt work for me as it gave me bad indigestion so now I eat a bowl of muesli or porridge about 3 hours before hand. Guess you . However im with you oin the drinking, I barely drink anything before or during a race as I find it just swishes round my tum .
21/09/2011 at 12:53
I hydrate and carb up the days before the day, then coffee, honey on toast and some water a couple of hours before the race.
21/09/2011 at 16:35
i am a porridge with honey person me but i can't eat it if made in a hotel i'm really fussey,so normally
i get up early & do the unusual thing & have a cooked brekkie
22/09/2012 at 21:12
Come on Lewis Hamilton!
23/09/2012 at 07:04

Before Abingdon last year I stayed at a Travelodge which had no breakfast facility at all. I smuggled my toaster in and had a bagel with honey. If you do this make sure you put a bag or something over the smoke detector though to avoid early morning evacuations.

23/09/2012 at 21:49

I've not tried this, but can you mix powered milk with the instant porridge then add boining water?

23/09/2012 at 22:22
I think this is how they make oats so simple and the like...

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