Running Hack: Why You Should Eat an Orange Before Running


Mmmm, snacks. Oranges are not only delicious, but they also serve as a functional pre-run treat to help runners before and after their run. 

I often to forget to eat before running. Typically that results in hunger (sometimes hanger) pains partway through my run. And, if I didn’t hydrate properly, I’m left with thirst that rivals college me after a long night of ‘hanging out with friends.’

Basically, don’t be me. Be smarter. Consider, instead, keeping a mini grove of oranges in your fridge and enjoying one before a run. Eating an orange 15-30 minutes before running not only helps you during your run, but you’ll reap the benefits after as well.

Ward Off Muscle Pain Thanks to Vitamin c

Because an orange provides you with your daily dose of vitamin C, you’ll not only be boosting your immune system, but also helping prevent muscle injury. Vitamin C replaces collagen in muscle fibers that break down during exercise. Look at you, doing good things for your body.

Stay Hydrated During Your run

Running when you’re even mildly dehydrated can cause dizziness, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, dryness in the lips and mouth, and confusion. Basically, multiple things that’ll make your run brutal. Rather than beginning your run all dehydrated and confused, kick start your run feeling hydrated thanks to your little orange friend. And you’ll get that extra pep in your step thanks to the natural sugar in oranges.

Feel full enough, not stuffed, before running

It’s soooo easy to open your fridge all casually and tell yourself you’re just going to take a few bites of that leftover pizza before running because, carbs, and pizza is good. The next thing you know, you’re running and totally regretting those few bites that became a full slice. Save the heavier snacks for after your run. Because oranges contain water, and dehydration is often just a sign of hunger, you’ll feel more satiated when your pre-run snack contains water.

So basically, yay for oranges! Also, here’s a fun fact about oranges to share at your next running mixer: Oranges are actually modified berries. Put that in your glass and drink it. But don’t really. Whole oranges are way better for you than orange juice.

Orange you glad you read this? <—Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

Author bio: Sam is a runner (who’s unapologetic about not always running all the time) who loves hills. She’s a fan of taking #photoswhilerunning, spending time in nature with her husband and loving on any and all animals, especially her cat. Her other passions include social media (she’s the social media manager at Road Runner Sports) and content marketing. Follow her on Twitter at @SamKerstetter and Instagram at @shosenka7. 



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