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The most common question I hear once our training runs start to get longer is "what do you eat before a long run?". My reply is typically "nothing, I prefer starting on empty" BUT that should have almost zero impact on what YOU actually eat. There are so many variables, everyone is so different. If I'm probed for more info I go into...

 
 

• what type of diet do you follow? LCHF, Zone, Paleo, Keto, SAD?
• are you hungry when you wake up?
• what are your long run intensities like?

All of those play major roles in how you approach your pre-workout fueling.  So instead of telling you what I think you should eat or do, I asked friends and athletes I coach to give you their approach. Hopefully this will invigorate you with ideas and display the wide variety of methods that work. 

Ross
large cup of black coffee with 1/2 an English muffin topper with Justin's peanut butter and whipped honey
handfull of blueberries and 4-5 strawberries

Silvia
1/2 banana + almond butter + espresso with honey

Paul
1/2 cup of coffee, 2 pcs toast w/ peanut butter and a banana

Stephanie
nada, runs on empty, maybe a couple sips of black coffee
banana with almond butter if gets hungry before run

Stefan 
coffee, banana and bagel with peanut butter, 20 ounces of water

Joe 
nada, don't eat prior, fuel during run
if hungry when wake up will have a hard boiled egg

Don 
banana, hardboiled egg or energy bar, water

Bernadette 
waffle with peanut butter

Carroll
1 tsp beet crystals + 1 tsp D-ribose + 1 scoop UCAN + 1 scoop electrolyte powder + 8 ounces water
8 ounces Matcha tea

Jon
oatmeal + banana

Brandy
UCAN + peanut butter and toast

Garrett
nada, empty start

Claudette
400 cals from eggs + bacon + avocado + bagel

Tony
protein shake

Caty
Pure Genesis pre-workout drink

Danny
coffee + coconut oil

Brian
cup of coffee

I hope this provides insight to the diversity and what works for different folks. It's really important to not rely on the food you've just ingested to fuel your workout, but rather have your tank topped off from adequate intake in the days leading up to your long run. 

Happy training!
Joe