Posted by: Run For Life | 23 July, 2009

Nutrition Reminders

I’m sure you all know this but I thought I’d throw it out there anyway.  Not much is going on worth mentioning here but I figured it was time for some actual running related content. 😉


  • Milk products and my GI tract do NOT get along.  I have noticed this seems to be fairly common among athletes so be aware of this before you head out.
  • Aim for a small snack about an hour before you go out such as a banana or piece of whole wheat toast.
  • Avoid things with a lot of protein and fat in them.

During your run

  • If you’re going to be outside for a considerable amount of time you should have something that will replace electrolytes and a small amount of calories to keep you going.  Besides the typical gels or sports drink you can take in fig newtons, gummy bears, pretzels, jelly beans, or peanut butter and crackers.  I personally can’t chew and run at the same time so I stick with gels.


  • Be sure to get in some form of replacement fuel in your body as soon as possible (I do best within 15 minutes.)  A lot of times I’m not hungry at all after a workout but I make sure to force it down anyway.  A smoothie, chocolate milk, banana with nut butter are a few examples.  Again, go for something easily digestible.  Then you can do your ice bath and start bandaging those blisters.
  • Have something else once you feel up for eating (before you get ravenous!) I usually like a meal such as salmon or tuna with brown rice and veggies.


  1. I think you need to add gummy bears to the meal as well…

  2. Very good info – thanks for the 411.

    I’ve been bad about getting some nutrition in me before I head out – no appetite at 5am, but I really bonk quickly when I do that.

  3. I’m with you on the Gels (or honey, slightly thinned). I’ve gotten better with the chewing and running thing, but it’s still requires more work than a Gel does.

    The reminder about post workout replacement is appreciated. I tend to forget.

  4. Good advice, they say protein within 15 mins is crucial so eggs will work as well!

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