I’m coaching a gal individually for her first half-marathon. I do the weekly long run with her on Thursday mornings. She’s naturally fast! (She just started running in February and she’s already winning races.) Running with her is definitely good for my speed, especially since I’ve slowed down on my weekend runs with Team Challenge.
This morning we ran 9 miles together and I asked her what she ate before we ran. She said, “Nothing! I just roll out of bed, get dressed, drink a cup of coffee and walk to our meeting point. If I ate I’d have to get up a lot earlier!”
I was a little jealous. I have to eat before running. In fact, I’ve been ordered to eat something by my dietitian. At the very least I have to get in some juice, so I have some calories. But anything over 4 miles I’m supposed to eat more than that. And once I’ve eaten something, I have to let it settle a little or else my gut will be angry. I usually go with a Luna Bar or Clif bar and some cranberry-pomegranate juice.
So I just thought I would open up the question to the Jill Will Run community:
If you were running 9 or 10 miles at 5:00 AM… how early do you get up before that? Do you eat something before or not? If so, what do you eat?
Just thought it would be interesting to informally poll everyone. Please weigh-in with a comment!