You Are What You Eat

One of the most important aspects of training is what you eat. The biggest myth around running (and heavy exercise in general) is that you get to eat whatever you want. This is so utterly false. If you are loading your body with a bunch of crap, you’re going to feel exactly that way when you run.

Now, when you’re brand new to running, it can be confusing as to what you should eat, what sports supplements you need or don’t need, whether sports drinks are really bad for you, etc… You’ll have GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, what have you trying to sell you all sorts of different, very expensive mixes and supplements saying you NEED these to be a good runner.

Don’t listen to them.

Running shouldn’t be expensive (at least outside of your bib fees…). You don’t need a bunch of fancy sports drinks and protein powders to improve your pace.

That being said, if you really want to try all of those things, be my guest. I do personally use a few pre-workouts and protein shakes because I have found some benefits to certain ones I’ve tried. Everyone is different, though.

I’m going to be gradually posting up a series on healthy recipes and such that everyone can use as part of their training regimen. Today, though, I’m going to share a general overview of what I personally use.

***PLEASE NOTE: I am not a medical professional nor a dietitian. All recommendations are based on personal experience. Please always consult your doctor before starting any diet/exercise routine.***

Best pre-workout I have ever tried. As an asthmatic, this has helped open my lungs to breathe while running, as well as provide ample energy for distance running.
These have been my go-to breakfast items. I generally do a cold brew/almond milk shake every morning with one of the protein powders and some MCT oil to help process the caffeine.
BEST THINGS EVER. As you run longer distances, you’ll need to replenish your aminos, as well as your carbs. These help with both! You’ll typically see these passed out during races along with water and Gatorade.
Your most important thing to consume. WATER. Lots of it. I carry a 40oz bottle with me everywhere, and drink at least two of them a day. Not a fan of plain water? Try something like Mio drops, which are sugar free and no calorie, to add some flavor.