Lots of people ask me about nutrition and what they should or shouldn’t eat for running. I leave specific advice to the professionals, because I am not qualified to give personalised advice.
Having said that, I do have a few running-related tips.
1. Running long distances requires good quality energy to be available to your body. This can be acquired by eating a balanced diet which has fresh vegetables as its basis. Did you know that experts advise people to eat AT LEAST ten portions a day?
2. Once you’ve finished a run or a hard training session, your body needs protein to rebuild the broken muscle fibres and carbohydrate to restock your energy reserves. You should aim to eat/drink something within 30 minutes of completing your session. I’m told that a chocolate milk-shake is good recovery food; I usually opt for scrambled eggs.
3. Food is fuel! If you’re aiming to lose weight and run long distances, think about the types of food you’re eating as well as the quantity. A half marathon can burn between 1000 and 2000 calories; you will need to eat the correct types of foods so that your body has the energy it needs train and repair well.
I can have a look at a food diary for you and offer some hints about making some swaps in your diet, but I cannot offer meal meal plans and will not offer weight-management plans. Running is about being healthy and everything that means!