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To fuel or not?

I have a 7 mile mixed tempo run tomorrow.  I'm getting up at 4:45 to get it done because my day is a bit crazy.

Usually, I don't eat before I do a training run but I've never gone this far this far before breakfast either.

I don't do well with real food before running in the morning so the options that won't make me puke are either a stinger waffle or a GU.

The workout is 1 mile warmup, two miles @ short tempo pace, one mile easy, two miles @ short tempo, 1 mile cool down.

If I can do six moderate miles on an empty stomach should adding in one extra mile cause me to hit the wall that badly?

Re: To fuel or not?

  • I am like you and dont eat before I run (I just take a gatorade pre-fuel thing).

    Just bring a gu with you during the run and use it if you are feeling sluggish

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  • If I'm doing a hard workout or big chunk of mileage before b'fast, I usually tote along 1 gu to take in case I need it.
  • I'd either take a Gu or some Gatorade with me or something, just in case
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  • I don't eat prior to my 5am runs either.  If I am going to run 8+ miles, I will eat a couple shot bloks on my way out the door. 

    Maybe eat a gu, gel, a few shot bloks, handful of sports beans, etc... before heading out for your run.

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  • I have coffee before I exercise in the morning but nothing else. Maybe bring a Gu or Gatorade in case you need it. And make sure you are not hungry before you go to bed.
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  • I would have a GU before I go out if I were you. 

    Normally I have no problem working out or running the am on an empty stomach but with the pregnancy, if I don't have time for breakfast (and for time for it to digest some) I will have a GU as I head out.

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  • I'll take a Gu with me and load up tonight.  It's an excuse to eat a few of these I spent all day making Smile

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  • I would eat something bland like toast with pb. I never fuel anything under 9 miles. One extra mile should be fine as long as you're hydrated.
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