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12/10/2008 at 08:46

Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere but I'd like to know what's best to do for pre-run breakfast?

 I'm doing a 1/2 marathon (my first) which starts at 09:30 and I read somewhere that you shouldn't eat for 3 hours before a race?  Should I get up at 06:30 just to have breakfast?  Or should I just get up at a reasonable time and skip breakfast?  I'd have thought I'd need something for energy - but I don't want to get a stitch caused by undigested food bouncing around for 2 hours!

 Any advice appreciated. 

 P.S. I live about 100 yards from the start line so travel time isn't an issue!  

12/10/2008 at 09:25

Hi GXW.  Absolutely don't skip breakfast, running or not!

My half marathon prep would be pasta meal the night before then I would get up around 6.30 and have breakfast by 7.00am, which would probably be porridge.  I would then have a jam butty or a small piece of flapjack about a hour before, just something small.  Ensure you drink enough too, but I tend not to drink for 1.5 hours before a race so that I'm not wanting to go to the toilet throughout the race!

12/10/2008 at 09:29

Everybody is different.

Races up to and including 1/2s on a Sunday morning, I have my normal Sunday breakfast, about 2 hours before the event. (Bacon egg mushroom tin tomato lots of bread and orange juice)
Because I know that it will have settled enough to allow me to race.
I could race those distances on the fuel provided by my food from the day before, which is what happens if I get up for an early LSR.

12/10/2008 at 09:49

When do you normally do your long runs? I usually run on a Saturday morning and have my breakfast about 2 hours before which works for me. If you've got time you should probably experiment a little to see what works for you. Good luck

12/10/2008 at 10:10

No time to experiment - the 1/2 marathon is next week.  I do my long training runs on a Sunday.  I think I'll go with a reasonable size breakfast 2-2.5 hours before and see how I go.

I know from experience that eating (or indeed drinking) too much too close to any run can give me a stitch.

 Thanks for all the advice.

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