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Running Nutrition

Running Nutrition

Eating anything you want may lead to weight gain after a few months of regular running. Instead, focus on a healthy balanced diet.

  • Eat something light that is high in carbohydrates 2 hours before you start running.
  • If you're going to run longer than 90 minutes, consume 100 calories after an hour and another 100 calories every 45 minutes.
  • After a long run, eat some carbs and protein within 30 minutes. The ratio of carbs to protein is 3 to 1.

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  • Dress in layers. Start with a thin layer of wicking material, a middle layer of polar fleece and an outer layer of nylon to protect against wind and rain.
  • Cover your head. Wear a hat to help prevent heat loss, and gloves and warm socks if needed.

  • *If you are a toe runner, your calves will get tight and you could develop shin pain.
  • If you land on your heals, you are usually taking steps that are longer than they need to be. It wastes energy and may cause injury.*

  • Light loose gear will help your body breathe and cool down.
  • Use water in and on your body to cool you down during runs. Splash cold water on your head, back of your neck and under your arms.
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  • 10K. When you are comfortable running a 5K, the next step is a 10K.
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Keep your posture upright, head lifted, back should feel tall, and shoulders level. Keep your pelvis neutral and your hands relaxed. Let your arms swing from the shoulder joint.

  • Road Running: running on paved roads, paths, and sidewalks.
  • Treadmill Running: easier than outdoor running and can be gentler on your joints.
  • Racing. Road races can vary from 5Ks to half or full marathons or even ultramara...

  • You should drink before, during and after your runs. Drink when you feel thirsty.
  • As a general rule, you should drink four to six ounces of fluid every 20 minutes during your runs. Faster runners should increase their fluid intake to eight ounces e...

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