Preparation for Morning Jogs

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by paulored, Aug 6, 2009.

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  1. Hi everybody,

    Due to a currently busy time at work, whilst training for my selection course in September, I am going to start doing runs in the morning, hopefully 4-6 miles at 7a.m. 5 days a week. Getting to the point, I was wondering if any one had any suggestions about when/ what to eat with this programme.

    The reason I ask is last time I did this I used to get a stitch quite quickly if I ate breakfast before the run and often felt a lack of energy if I didn't eat and went for the run as soon as I got up.

    Any help will be much appreciated.
  2. Doing Latin before a run?

    Dedicated, I'll give you that!!
  3. I hate running in the morning before brekkers, and often have the same running on empty feeling that you mention. I'm usually okay for up to about 5k though. Have you tried running shorter distances?

    Failing that, just eat a light breakfast, for example a banana and a piece of toast, and see how it goes. If that doesn't work you could try those energy gel things. I've used them on longer runs (1/2 marathons) and found them very good.

  4. Eat something easy to digest and easy on your stomach such as refined porridge oats. Usually I stick my nose up at disgust refined/processed oats (like ready-brek type stuff), but it is a great source of quick energy before things like running and cycling, and a glass of orange juice.

    You should also learn to prevent stitches as well. The first thing you need to do is change your breathing. Most people will breathe in when their left foot strikes, and breathe out when their right foot strikes. If you do this. Stop it. The right side of your body has more to bash of your Diaphragm than your left side. So breathing our on your right strike will cause a stitch much more. Breath in on your right strike, and out on your left. You will find it hard to get used to at first but you will find your stitches almost vanishing. You may still get the occasional slight, but no where near as much. :)
  5. just get on with it!

    a coffee will be fine, i run into the office on that most days (45min) i know its not the best thing in the world but just get on with it
  6. Eeeeh when I were a lad, it was a fag, finish off the dreggs of the beer bottle, bit of cold gyros if lucky, and off to trot, trying to be at the front of the squad to avoid the driffting smells that just made one gag!

    This morning after a cup of tea the hound and I went for a few miles, nice steady jog, felt good, and nashed a couple of French Pate butties when I got into the office, very civilised.

    How one changes with age!
  7. Banana
  8. Get up earlier, cup of strong coffee to make you sh1t, eat half a banana and take on water.
  9. I would agree with the coffee, just don't drink too much or go too far, as the last mile or two might become a sprint to the bogs (my old daily ritual).
  10. Hence waking up earlier to go before you go :wink:
  11. Unforunately you may not need to go until you have ha a large dose of caffeine on a empty stomach and then start mixing it all around
  12. You're body will get used to it either way and personally I favour the latter for a morning run. Although the former might involve some vomiting, as my dear sister once said, "No one ever died from a stitch".
  13. Before my morning run I usually grab a handful of dried fruit, a big spoonful of peanut butter and a glass of juice, then I'm out the door.
    By the time I get back, I'm invariably ready for a mahoosive dump, which is nice.
    Then I fire up the kettle and microwave for coffee and porridge (with more dried fruit) which I leave to cool while I jump in the shower.
  14. I have a banana when I get up, wait 15-20 mins, then set off.

    If you want to vary your routine have a cup of coffee. This means you will have to stop for a dump about half way round which turns the whole experience into a white knuckle ride.
    Where will you get the turtles' head?
    Will you have the fortune to have an accepting bush to jump into?
    or will you have to suffer the indignity of a telephone box.

    I once managed the same spot, by a lake, 5 days on the trot. It added an extra dimension to the run as I could see my last few bowel actions 'biodegrading' as the days went by.
    Not just a run, but a chemistry experiment at the same time.

    Best of luck with your faeces examinations.
  15. Cup of caffeine and a banana 30mins before.