Are boiled eggs good before a run?

This question is about Nutrition and Running

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Freelance Writer

Boiled eggs can be good to eat before a run, as they are easy to digest and rich in protein. Studies have found that consuming 20-30 g of protein before exercise can increase muscle protein synthesis, which may last for several hours [







For optimal pre-workout fuel, try to consume a meal that consists of carbs, protein and fat 2–3 hours before a run. An example of this would be eating boiled eggs with a piece of fruit and toast.

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