If I plan to go out for a long run I generally have scrambled eggs and some toast for breakfast, simple as that. Porridge is really heavy and tends to cause stomach trouble if I try and run any great distance after it and cereal isn’t filling enough to keep my hunger at bay whilst out on the run. So after a bit of experimenting I decided that 2 scrambled eggs and two slices of toast was the way forward, that was the plan in Spring 2014 for my half marathon and nothing much has changed today.
I occasionally make overnight oats with plenty of fruit mixed in to give it a bit of substance but that goes the same way as porridge when I try and run on it about 2 hours afterwards. So, what are your favourite foods pre-run? What keeps you full enough for long enough on a long run without having to stop for an impromptu toilet break part way through? Share your meal-ideas in the comments and let’s get some sort of recipe-list-for-long-runs going so that fellow runners can try our favourite pre-run meals.
My pre run breakfast: 2 eggs, scrambled with a little black pepper and 2 lightly toasted slices of bread with a light covering of margarine. No coffee pre-long runs so I have some water alongside my breakfast. 2 hours to let it settle then GO!