December 8, 2024
Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Races

Fuel for Runners

Food or fuel?   I got into that debate with my wife once when I was enjoying her pasta carbonara dinner.  It occurred during a particularly competitive period of my life when I was hard into training for triathalons.  I was on the fuel side.  Let’s just say my side did not win the debate that day!

Food is fuel for runners.  What and when we eat has a huge impact on your performance before and especially after.  There are three basic considerations when you are training hard:

  1. You’ll need to eat more.  Especially when you’re training for a Marathon or Half Marathon.  You burn a lot of calories while training and you need to replenish to stay healthy.  A balanced diet is best:  Protein, Carbs, Fruits and Vegetables.  Yes, your Grandma was right when she told you to ‘eat your veggies!’
  2. Fight the hunger.  If you feel hungry all the time, you are not eating correctly and/or eating enough.  Snacking between meals is a killer.  If you feel hungry all the time, think smaller more frequent meals, add more protein and eat before long runs.
  3. Keep trying.  It took me a lot of trial and error to find the best balance of what and when to eat and drink to maximize my performance.  Yes it was frustrating at times, but I kept trying.

For more details and information on fuel for runners, this is an excellent article:  Healthy eating for Runners.

Until next time…

Reggae Marathon RunninGuy