Eating a few hours before a race can boost your running performance.
I did a small experiment to determine whether it is necessary to eat before running a race that starts at 7.00 am in the morning.
The experiment was deliberately done between 7.00 am and 10.00 am because that is the time most marathon take place.
On one day I did not eat breakfast in the morning, I wanted to see how my body would react during the early morning hours. I got in the office at 8.00 am and by 8.45 am I started to have a craving for a snack. At 9.30 am I was starting to lose concentration my head felt a mild pain, a sign of lack of sugar. At 10.00 am I was too hungry and dizzy to continue working and I went to eat my belated breakfast.
From my experiment I concluded, after a long night (8-10 hours of fasting), your energy levels are heavily depleted and it is Important to eat something before engaging in an energy demanding activity like running a marathon.
Eating a meal rich in simple carbohydrates a few hours before your run can greatly boost your running performance.