That would probably be too much time before eating and running for me, but might work for you. You're best off experimenting on your long runs.
My routine is to eat about 2 hrs before I start running. If it's a LSR I sometimes go back to bed for a bit after my porridge/cereal and coffee, if it's a race I always stay awake. Caffeine is essential for me to...ahem...prod the bowels.
Somewhere in there I'll drink a pint of water.
How cereal or muesli instead of porridge? I'm not a massive fan of porridge but it works. Maybe you could flavour it with cinnamon or nutmeg to make it tastier?
Having suffered from cramps in the past I have developed a routine that has worked very well for me. I managed a 23 mile LSR at the weekend and a half marathon race the week before doing this. Everyone is different but you might want to try the following -
Have a large carbo rich meal early the night before an LSR and drink about 4 litres of fluids during the day. Have some fruit and a protein/carb shake about an hour before bed. Take a few mouthfuls of a protein/carb shake the morning of the LSR but nothing else. Go to the toilet! Head out for your run and make sure to have plenty of isotonic drink with you. I have a 1.3 Litre Camelbak which I fill with my own isotonic drink which I take every 2 miles.
If I am racing or running a few hours later I get up 3 hours before the race and drink a large protein/carb shake. I make sure I visit the toilet at least twice and if feeling nervous due to racing take an immodium.
The protein/carb shake is made up of whey protein, soya milk and ultra fine rolled oats.
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