Nutrition

3 11 2011

Along with proper training and hydration, nutrition is a huge part of running success. You should maintain a healthy diet throughout training, but the days leading up to the race and nutrition on the run itself is crucial.

During the 3-4 days leading up to a race, you should increase (slightly) your carb intake and be especially conscious of what you’re putting in to your body.

You should eat dinner the night before a race or long run 10-12 hours before the race start time. This gives your body a chance to fully process everything before your run.

The morning of the race, you should eat a light, filling breakfast about 1-2 hours before your run. Consider a bagel with peanut butter or banana.

During the race, you should consume 100-200 calories every hour. During your training, experiment with various kinds of nutrition products such as gels and chews to see what works for you and your body.

Your post-race meal should include 1/2 your weight in grams of carbs, 10-20 grams of protein, and you’ll want to make sure you replace your electrolytes. Recovery drinks are a great way to replenish electrolytes and help reduce post-run soreness.

Your training long runs are trials for the actual race. Experiment with different food and nutrition products during training, so you’re prepared for the race. Don’t try new foods the day of the race!

We sell a wide assortment of nutrition products in the store. Feel free to stop by and check them out and ask any other questions you have.

May you run like the wind!

-Eric


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