Q: I'm not good at eating breakfast. How much does not eating impact the quality of my run? -- Vanita, Seattle, WA
A: Studies have shown that people who run on an empty stomach have a slower pace and their rate of perceived exertion (how hard the run feels) is higher.
You don't have to sit down for a full buffet, but try to have something daily to get into the habit of eating breakfast. Even if it's not the healthiest choice, that's OK, because it's so critical to establish the habit.
If you can't stomach a full meal before you run, try reaching for an energy gel or half an energy bar and drink 20 ounces of water. Slightly larger pre-workout snacks include a Myloplex™ bar or banana with whole wheat toast and peanut butter.
Remember: Something is better than nothing. By fueling up, you'll feel better during your run, and you'll perform better.
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