Should I eat or drink before a run or strength workout?
Your body will need energy to run but a large meal or drinking a lot of liquid before you run, or before ‘strength for running’ might not be helpful. Digesting food draws blood away from your muscles to your digestive system, and a lot of liquid can make running uncomfortable. Make sure you drink enough during the day (1-2 litres – water is best) and avoid eating a big meal less than 2 hours before a run or ‘strength for running’. If you are thirsty while running, take a bottle of water with you. Drink small amounts to stay hydrated. As long as you have taken in a sensible amount of water throughout the day you should not need to drink while running, although some people prefer to have water with them.

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1. How far is 5k?
2. Can anyone do the Desk to 5k program?
3. What does Desk to 5k involve?
4. Do I need to warm up and cool down?
5. What can I do on non-running days?
6. What should I wear?
7. How do I know if I am running correctly?
8. Where should I run?
9. What if I miss a session?
10. What if I get injured or if I am ill?
11. Should I eat or drink before a run or strength workout?
12. Can I do other types of exercise on rest days?
13. How do I share my success story?