Running Nutrition

I’ve always believed in the expression “You Are What You Eat.”  And no, I never found the retort, “I don’t remember eating any sexy beasts lately,” very funny.  When training to become a champion runner, because that’s what everybody wants isn’t it?  To be not only a runner but a champion runner!  Or maybe that’s just me?  Well you can’t become a champion running on pop tarts, pizza, and Ramen noodles.  You need a nutrition plan.

Nutrition is tough especially with all the goodies, desserts, and not to mention chocolate lying around.  I mean some may run for the sole purpose of consuming more sweets!  I have gone running only to eat back every calorie in chocolate ice cream, particularly Chocolate Devotion from Cold Stone.  But once you get passed the phase of running for additional eating, you’ll get to the phase of eating for additional running!  Believe me you can tell the difference.  the second phase gets you a lot further around the track.

first off runners need hydration.  You cannot go far when dehydrated.  Water is where you live.  It is the best choice for runners.  It’s the best choice for people period!  But if the weather is extremely humid or you are running for longer than an hour pick a sports drink for replenishing purposes.  Soda will only bring you down.  My suggestion is to lose it completely.  It is full of sugar, preservatives, acids, and other ingredients that I have no idea what they are.  I don’t drink soda, haven’t for years, and don’t intend to ever!

Complex carbohydrates and protein is a key aspect to running and should consume 60% of your food intake.  You can find complex carbs in whole wheat pasta, whole wheat bread, whole grains.  All this needs to be whole, none of this enriched white stuff.  White is bad.  Protein is critical in repairing muscles and tendons after a run so eat a lot of protein but make sure it’s lean.  I stick to chicken and fish.  lean beef is probably an alright choice as well.  keep dairy products to a minimum they have a much higher fat concentration as well as more calories.

Also add a variety of food.  don’t eat the same thing everyday.  it’s summer and one of my favorite parts of summer is eating fruits and vegetables right from the garden in my back yard.  Everyone knows what consists of a healthy diet…  Get your recommended intake of each food group.  That includes the little triangle at the top of the pyramid that everyone is so against.  You just need to know how much is too much.  A little chocolate never hurt this running champion!

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