Performance eating for performance running

  • jmastpdx

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    Aug 13, 2007 11:30 PM GMT
    Hey so I have just started to rev up my running routine. I used to run all the time but for the past year or so I have been focusing more on muscle gains and less on cardio. That being said, I need counsel on the types of food I should be eating throughout the day to help give me the fuel to run 5-10 miles depending on the day. Any tips or healthy snack ideas that wont make me feel weighed down while running? Thanks!
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    Aug 15, 2007 12:16 AM GMT
    Hey, I'm not sure how others feel about this product but I love Shot Bloks by Clifbar. It's there little Jello/gummi energy things you eat during or right before a run for a boost of energy. It's 71% organic and all natural. They work really well for me.

    Hope that helps.

    -Den
  • Run4Life83

    Posts: 207

    Jul 09, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    I definately just began this conversation with my nutritionist so that I can take my long runs up a notch. She told me not to run from carbs (I think her exact words were 'Embrace and Love the Carb'), as well as adding other foods that are slow burning. I eat a snack of Almonds about 3 hours before a run, and also incorporate a lot of protein especially before a race or other full effort. It takes 72 hours for your body to burn a carb so that its useful, however proteins (such as peanut butter, meats, beans, etc) work much more quickly.

    Hope this helps! As my nutritionist and I continue sharing tips I'll make sure to pass them on!
  • UncleverName

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    Jul 22, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    RnrActinTech saidIt takes 72 hours for your body to burn a carb so that its useful, however proteins (such as peanut butter, meats, beans, etc) work much more quickly.


    Is that for real? I've never heard anyone else ever say that. I thought carbs digested much more quickly than proteins, which is why a low carb diet helps some people lose weight.
    I know from personal experience that if I eat carbs before an intense lifting session, I can do the session. If I eat protein (even in liquid form, which is easier to digest), I get too noxious to do the workout.
    72 hours? Maybe to completely digest it. I'm pretty sure that it only takes 30 minutes for your body to be able to start using energy from simple carbs. Longer for more complex carbs, but definitely not 72 hours. Even Cassein whey, which is really slow to digest, takes a max of 7 hours. Unless I'm on crack. If I am, please let me know.
  • Run4Life83

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    Jul 22, 2008 9:10 PM GMT
    Maybe I should start researching what my nutritionist says.. icon_eek.gif