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Is it okay to run right after eating?

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Running immediately after eating may cause gastrointestinal distress, including cramping, nausea, and diarrhea, however, some people find that they can tolerate a small amount of easily-digested carbohydrate (such as 4-8oz sports drink or ½ banana) before running. In general, it is best to wait 3-4 hours after a large meal or 30 minutes – 2 hours after a smaller meal or snack before starting your run [1]. Any changes to your pre-run nutrition plan should be practiced in training.
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[1] Kerksick, C. M., Arent, S., Schoenfeld, B. J., Stout, J. R., Campbell, B., Wilborn, C. D., Taylor, L., Kalman, D., Smith-Ryan, A. E., Kreider, R. B., Willoughby, D., Arciero, P. J., VanDusseldorp, T. A., Ormsbee, M. J., Wildman, R., Greenwood, M., Ziegenfuss, T. N., Aragon, A. A., & Antonio, J. (2017). International society of sports nutrition position stand: nutrient timing. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 14, 33. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-017-0189-4