How’s the training going? Life at Go Faster Food is incredibly busy at the moment so my weekday training is getting squeezed into very early morning slots. I’m getting used to it now and actually starting to relish the peace, tranquillity and headspace of the sunrise run.
Breakfast before an early morning run is an issue my readers always ask me about.
When we wake up in the morning our blood sugars are at their lowest because we haven’t eaten since the night before. Most of us need to eat something to kick our body and brain into action! The problem we runners have is that eating anything too close to a run may impair our running and play games with the gut. What’s more, getting up an hour before a 6.45 a.m. run to give enough time to digest breakfast properly is not exactly practical!
For shorter sunrise runs or 5 or 6 km, a small banana or a #gofaster energy ball will boost the system just enough fuel your workout, especially if you have eaten a carbohydrate-rich meal the night before, such as a bowl of pasta. Top tip - get something down you as soon as you wake up, before you bother getting your kit on, to give yourself maximum digestion time.
For longer runs of over 1 hour, however, and, of course, on race day, make the effort to get up early enough to eat a proper breakfast; at least 1-2 hours before you run. Oats, in the form of muesli or, my favourite, a bowl of hot, steaming porridge are a great option for runners.
Try the recipe below – it’s become a bit of a favourite pre-race staple with my #GoFasterFriday subscribers. If you’d like to subscribe to receive #GoFasterFriday - a free weekly training recipe to you inbox – click here.
So why is porridge a great pre-run breakfast?
- Porridge oats are a great source of unrefined carbohydrate, the most accessible source of energy for runners.
- Oats have a low Glycaemic Index, which means that the carbohydrate is released into your bloodstream slowly and will therefore sustain your energy levels for that extra mile.
- Regular consumption of oats can help maintain a healthy digestive system and lower cholesterol.
- Oats also contain protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre and minerals, including iron and calcium.
- Oats are cheap – much cheaper than sugary processed over-packaged cereals!
You'll find plenty more fabulously energising breakfasts to kickstart your day in Go Faster Food
Go Faster Porridge with toasted walnuts, blueberries and honey
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
Ingredients for 2 large servings
- 100g porridge
- 550 ml water or milk or ½ and ½
- Pinch of salt
- 150g punnet of fresh blueberries
- Handful of walnuts
- Good quality runny honey to taste
- Put the oats, water and/or milk into a pan with a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil over a high heat and then turn the heat down and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. The porridge with become thick and creamy.
- Meanwhile, pop the nuts onto a baking tray and roast in the oven at 160°C for 5 minutes.
- Pour into two warmed bowls, sprinkle with the blueberries and nuts and drizzle over the honey
Nutrition per serving
- Energy 382 kcal
- Protein 12g
- Carbohydrate 50 g (sugars 19 g)
- Fat 15 g (saturates 2 g)
- Salt 1.1 g
- Fibre 7 g
Good luck with your training this week!
Don’t forget to join me next week when I’ll be giving my top 10 carbs for runners. Also, do join me on Facebook (Go Faster Food) or Twitter and Instagram (@gofasterfood), or check out www.gofasterfood.com, where you’ll find a deal on copies of my books (using the discount code GREATRUN) as well as heaps more recipes and useful info to help fuel your half marathon.