The Runkeeper Guide to Your Pre-Race Breakfast

July 2, 2015 – 01:41 pm
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Bananas are a good source of carbs (30 grams), but also contain a significant amount of potassium (400 mg), a mineral that runners often lose through sweating. Potassium helps to regulate muscle contraction and prevent cramping. Bananas are a favorite and “safe” pre-run food because they’re easy on the stomach and unlikely to cause any GI problems. Especially good with yogurt, peanut butter, or granola.
How Runkeepers Like ‘Em:

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Refined Carbs

Processed grains like a plain bagel, white bread, or pasta are safe race day eats. While refined carbs aren’t as nutritious as whole grains, they’re easier to digest because the grain is already broken down. Adding a little peanut or almond butter to your bagel or toast is a good source of protein and fat, which helps make you feel fuller without weighing you down.
How Runkeepers Like ‘Em:

  • Hot Columbian coffee with hazelnut international delight creamer, a bagel with philadelphia cream cheese and a peanut butter protein bar for my half and full marathon races – Mon
  • Sourdough English muffin, a little “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, ” and a stack of spinach in between. Get in my belly! –Rachel

Image via Steven DepoloOatmeal

Oatmeal contains almost all carbohydrates, which is the kind of energy you need right before you’re about to run. Oatmeal tends to be more filling but is also a relatively bland food that won’t upset your stomach. While it might take a little longer to prepare and eat oatmeal than some of the other pre-race food options, it is still a great pre-race option, especially for those who prefer to eat an actual breakfast food for breakfast.
How Runkeepers Like It:

  • Oatmeal cooked in water for any race (prevent diabetes – The body shouldn’t run on empty) in addition for more than 10 miles a banana. Both + a bagel for over 20 miles. Lots of water the day before. –Jacqueline
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