Question: What are your favorite foods for before, during, and after a run?
I am a fan of the peanut butter and banana sandwich before a run, love Gels during, and always want a BIG smoothie afterwards. Although I am also a fan of the M&Ms and Swedish Fish candies that you often see at endurance trail races or bike events! Hah. Donâ€™t know how â€˜nourishingâ€™ that is, thoughâ€¦
On that note, hereâ€™s a book that Iâ€™m really excited about! My friend Anne just co-authored an awesome e-book called Nutrition for Runners. I know she spent the last year or so slaving over this book with Jason from Strength Running, who I got the pleasure to meet last year in Boston; the quality of their effort really shows in the final product.
If there is any two bloggers who know about nutrition for runners, itâ€™s these two. Anne is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition. She owns a private practice and has even taught nutrition courses at George Washington University. Oh, sheâ€™s also an avid runner and CrossFitter. Anne and I are friends â€˜in real lifeâ€™ and I seriously have no idea where she has the time or energy to do all these things, but she does â€“ and she does it well (must be something she ate!).
Jason is a USA Track & Field certified running coach and the founder of Strength Running, one of the largest running blogs on the web with over 200,000 monthly readers. He has run a 2:39:33 marathon (holy cow!!!) and has won numerous races to boot.
So, obviously, I was super excited to read Nutrition for Runners. And once I did, I knew that I had to tell you guys about itâ€¦ Itâ€™s RAMMED with awesome information that I know so many of you can utilize in your training. I especially liked the detailed sections on what to eat while running certain distances, how to balance training with weight loss, and suggested meal plans and recipes. AND â€“ there is NO calorie counting in the plans (except when youâ€™re figuring out fueling during workouts). I love this because 1) calorie counting drives me nuts and 2) Anne is truly one of the best examples of an â€˜intuitive eaterâ€™ that Iâ€™ve ever seen in my entire life. Her advice about eating is really spot-on.
Hereâ€™s a summary of what the book package includes:
A full overview book, which includes our â€œ5 Principles of Nutrition for Runnersâ€œ
Fueling strategies for every scenario: 5k, 10k, half marathon & marathon â€“ plus workout fueling for morning, afternoon & evening runners
The complete â€œAsk the Dietitianâ€ series, showing you how to reduce sugar cravings, which supplements are worth it, and more
Meal Guide & Runnerâ€™s Cookbook with example meal guides based on the time of day you run (!) and recipes sorted into categories for before, during, and after runs
Real food recipes for mid-run fuel, if youâ€™re not a gel/gummy fan
30 easy to prepare, quick recipes for runners â€“ plus 49 more ideas for simple snacks and meals
5 expert interviews (over 5 hours of audio!) on food intolerances, mistakes to avoid, race-specific fueling, inflammation & more
15 Training Plans so you can get faster in the 5k, 10k, half marathon & marathon â€“ plus 3 weight loss plans to help you shed pounds easily
The â€œDietitian Approvedâ€ Shopping List, showing you exactly what to buy (and why)
I was really pumped to see the Training Plans, which of course were developed by Jason. If anyone knows how to train for a fast race â€“ itâ€™s Jason. I considering using the 5K plan to prepare for my upcoming race in March. Itâ€™s far more detailed of a plan than Iâ€™ve ever followed, but maybe what I really need is something so exact (created by someone who is such an expert!).
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