With just over 100 days until boilermaker beginnings, runners should start thinking about what they put in their bodies. Just like oil is the blood to a car, food is the fuel for the body. With the right nutrition you can prepare your body to tackle arduous tasks. "Well when you are running, especially any endurance sport, you need to make sure that you're getting enough calories to sustain your exercise, which will help you with your training and for the actually day of the event."
Experts say that carbohydrates carry the most energy for training but be cautious of carbo loading. "With carbs you actually have to carry 3x's as much water to break them down. So if you carbo load to the point where you eat as much pasta as you possibly can the night before, one you're going to weigh heavier and your stomach's just going to feel like a rock, you're going to feel sluggish, you're not going to sleep very well."
It's typical for most people to eat three meals a day but dieticians suggest that people also snack throughout the day during training. "And typical snacks before and after exercise should probably be 300-400 calories, just because your total run might, you might burn about 1000 calories so to give you around that range."
Distance coaches agree that snacks are important during the training process and on race day. "But the most important thing is eat afterwards, you know fruit especially. Fruit because it's going to hydrate you as well as its going to get that sugar back in you. The sooner you eat, the sooner you drink after you run or exercise the better. The longer you wait the less benefit you're going to see from it."