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Should I Take A Pre-Workout For Running?

Whether you've recently picked up running as a solo workout activity, or have been marathon training for years, there's always an opportunity to hit a new PR, refine your route and generally just get more out of it. This could come by way of fixing your running form or stocking up on the latest and greatest gear. But, perhaps, one of the most-asked-about questions is the fuel you use, such as a pre workout for running.

If you've been wondering "should runners take a pre workout?", "can I take pre workout before running for energy?" or even "is it bad to take pre workout before cardio?" you're not alone. Determining what to eat before doing cardio is a commonly asked question, so we're providing you with a comprehensive guide on pre workouts to take for running, what pre workout is best before running and what to know before you head out the door. Scroll on for more.

Should runners take a pre workout?

As part of our Vital Performance™ line, we offer a collagen-infused pre workout powder, Vital Performance™ PRE, specifically tailored to athletes. Most may be familiar with taking such a supplement before a weight-lifting session to enhance their output,** but are unclear if it applies to before a run as well. The short answer? Yes.

Is pre workout good for running?

Again, yes. Here's why:

The ligaments, joints and tendons that make up our bodies largely consisting of collagen. Factors like healthy eating, exercising regularly (and safely) and eating well can all contribute to keeping these parts well-oiled and strong. However, when it comes to tough workouts — runs included — continuous exertion on muscles, knees and joints, takes its toll. This, along with age, can lead to collagen depletion, which is where a collagen-infused pre workout can help.

Why use collagen in a pre workout drink?

When it comes to a strenuous workout, collagen helps keep joints flexible, comfortable and healthy.** With its inherent purpose to provide your body parts with strength, structure and elasticity, it's the perfect pre-run supplement, meaning no, it's not bad to take pre workout before cardio. 

While there are many pre workouts out there, our Vital Performance™ PRE comes with collagen already in it, along with BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) to provide more complete proteins to propel your routine. Additionally, ingredients like creatine, citrulline and arginine round out the profile to boost muscle strength and power output as you go.** 


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Is there a pre workout for running?

As we mentioned, Vital Performance PRE is a great pre workout option for running that contains 5g of collagen. This is key in helping collagen-rich tendons, ligaments, bones and connective tissues enable our bodies to get stronger with every mile you take.

Can I take pre workout before running for energy? 

Of course maintaining energy, especially for some of those longer mileage days, is top of mind for many. This is another reason why we love Vital Performance PRE. Its ingredient profile includes Coffeeberry® fruit extractan antioxidant that comes from the fruit of the coffee arabica plant. Since it grows in high altitudes and close to the equator, it's one of the most potent natural antioxidants around, acting as an energy enhancer with 140mg of Coffeeberry® fruit caffeine.

does pre workout help you lose weight?

As a final question, runners may be interested in determining how pre workouts — or any supplements for that matter — impact their weight. It should go without saying that Vital Proteins® is not a company that focuses on “weight loss products." Sure, Collagen Peptides, a protein, can contribute to a feeling of fullness, but we advise using this product as a food supplement only. While we pride ourselves on offering collagen-rich supplements that promote overall wellness,** weight loss is not our focus.

That said, we highly recommend discussing your health goals with your licensed healthcare professional. They can best provide you with the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and assist you as well in deciding whether a dietary supplement will be a helpful addition to your regimen.

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