This year on June 1st we celebrate National Running Day. Whether you’re planning to hit the track, the pavement, or the treadmill, proper nutrition before, during, and after your run is essential! Let’s break down how to ensure a successful run with smart meal choices.
Before you can tighten your laces and head out, it’s important to give your body the fuel it needs. An hour before go time, aim for about 25-30 grams of easy-to-digest carbohydrates. This could be a sports drink, a mini bagel, or even a handful of pretzels. No matter the snack you choose, the goal is to provide your body with fuel to keep you full.
If you’re running a great distance, meaning longer than 1.5-2 hours, a mid-run snack becomes essential to continue fueling your body. Sports gels or blocks, orange slices, and vanilla wafers make for an easy snack that packs an energizing punch.
After your run, it’s time to incorporate protein alongside energy-boosting carbohydrates. Reach for a turkey sandwich, string cheese with whole grain crackers, or yogurt with fruit and bread sticks to replenish muscle glycogen.
Equipped with this solid nutritional guidance, your body and mind will thank you.