The Right Diet for a Runner Is the One That Works for You

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Earlier this week, I learn an article about what runners ought to eat whereas coaching for a 10-mile race. One piece of recommendation it provided: Take a banana and bagel to eat earlier than the beginning of the race.

I don’t thoughts bananas. I’ve a bunch of them in my kitchen. But the few occasions I’ve eaten one earlier than operating, I tasted leftover banana for your complete run. Gross. I’d a lot fairly drink a glass of complete milk earlier than a run (which I’m certain has a few of you pondering “gross!” too).

That’s as a result of there is no such thing as a one runner food plan. There aren’t any absolutes besides that you just’ll in all probability wish to eat one thing in case you’re going to run for a very long time. That was the massive problem of writing our How to Feed a Runner Guide, which is why it’s extra about establishing tips that will help you work out what works for you than dictating absolutes. I didn’t wish to declare that a technique is the proper manner when there are as many proper methods as there are runners.

It’s not a finite course of, both. I’ve been operating for greater than a decade and I’m nonetheless experimenting. While writing the information, one skilled recommended consuming dates for pre-run gasoline, so I attempted it. That labored, however then I attempted dried apricots, which I favored higher. When my nephews didn’t end the entire Wegmans animal cookies I had gotten for them to eat on a trip, I attempted a number of earlier than a five-mile run, and now they’re a pre-run staple. And there’s nothing I like greater than nonalcoholic peach cider after a protracted, scorching summer season run.

But that’s me. That might not be you. The solely manner to determine what works for you is to strive issues out — and lengthy earlier than race day, so you understand whether or not a banana earlier than a race is a good suggestion for you, or makes you say “gross!” prefer it does for me.

What’s your operating gasoline that may appear lower than standard? Let me know — I’m at @byjenamiller on Twitter.

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Run Well!

— Jen

Jen A. Miller is the writer of “Running: A Love Story.”

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