In an ideal world before every run you'd set aside two hours to make sure you had time to eat, drink and let it all settle before heading out of the door. The reality however is that none of us live in that perfect imaginary world and instead have to fit our training in around real life. Sometimes that means you have to stick your head under the kitchen tap and grab a piece of toast as you are heading out the door.
If that sounds all too familiar here are a few ideas for easy to prepare/grab pre run snacks that won't leave you feeling queasy a mile in.
In today's super health conscious world getting your hands on a piece of fruit couldn't be easier, with almost every corner shop and cafe stocking at least banana or two.
Which makes it a great pre run snack to eat on the go, especially if you are out and about. Just be careful and avoid fruits that are super high fibre or else you could find yourself searching a bush mid run. Some great options are
Oats are awesome, we're so adamant about this that we've even written a blog entitled exactly that. What's more when's it chilly out, you can make porridge in minutes, either on the stove or in the microwave and for most people it sits well in their stomachs, tastes great and keeps them warm (at least for the first five minutes).
Most folks think of bars like ours as just a purely mid run refuel type thing, however a good bar can be perfect pre run. Especially for those times when you either have no time to prepare food or for when you just want something super handy and hassle free.
It's easy to think of toast as the lazy option or last resort snack but that's a tad unfair. A piece of toast or a small sandwich can be a great option pre run, topped with the likes of honey or jam, it contains plenty of both quick and slow release carbs, tastes pretty great and is ready in minutes.
We're all different and what works for me isn't necessarily going to work for you. Try out a few options and see what goes down well and leaves you feeling energised and what leaves you feeling lethargic on the trails.