Image via Shutterstock
Even if you're someone who racks up the mileage by running over 20-plus miles per week, there's a good chance that you still have trouble getting motivated—especially as the weather changes and you're forced to, most likely, running on a treadmill at a busy gym.
While mental strength plays a big part in going for a run, so, too, does the fuel that you put into your body, both before and after, making sure your body has the energy it needs to go at its fastest without the nagging aches and pains.
But how can you be sure you're eating right? The people over at Fitness Magazine talked to Lauren Slayton, MS, RD and founder of Foodtrainers, who gave her advice on what frequent runners should and shouldn't eat.
1. Stick With What Works For You
- "I was running a very warm marathon and a well-meaning spectator had a plate of orange slices. I was parched, so I reached out and grabbed one little piece of an orange. Let's just say I may as well have been stabbed mid-race. Oranges are forever out for me."
2. Don't Befriend Bubbles
- "Unless you want to belch to pass the miles, skip the pre-run seltzer."
3. Ditch The Post-Run Pancakes
- "I totally get the urge to splurge after a longer run or race, but the 'I ran, therefore I eat' mentality isn't good for recovery or your weight."
4. Pass On The Gatorade
- The electrolytes are good, but there are a lot of other—not so good—ingredients to consider in those bottles, too.
5. Avoid Too Much Of Anything
- "Too much anything can be problematic from a digestive perspective. So I have a 100 rule: 1 hour before your run, you can eat 100 calories. Two hours before a run, you can take 200 calories."
To see the full descriptions, head on over to FitnessMagazine.com, which gives a little more details into what Lauren Slayton mentions above.
As someone whose completed over 20 half-marathons and one full, I admit that eating right is one of the toughest challenges with being a runner. Sometimes, yes, those Gatorade ads just get through to us and we fall for the gimmick.
However, thanks to the advice from Slayton, hopefully, most of us can change up our routine and feel great before, during and after hitting the pavement.