The Baltimore Running Festival is just 6 short days away! This always gets me giddy as I’ve run a couple marathons in my day, 15 of them to be exact! So I’m thrilled to be working with these mentioned brands and give you some of my best fueling tips so you have an enjoyable race day. All these tips are great if you’re doing the half or full marathon.
(Disclosure: I work with the brands mentioned on the TV segment and this blog post.)
Before the Race
The night before your race it’s important to eat a well balanced meal that includes carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables. My go-to is pasta with meat sauce and a colorful side salad. It’s easy on the tummy and the combination will help fuel your muscles and reduce risk of injury without feeling bogged down in the morning.
Race day morning you may be feeling some pre-race nerves, but it’s important to eat a solid breakfast. belVita Breakfast Biscuits are a great option for race day morning. belVita Breakfast Biscuits are formulated and gently baked to preserve a high level of slow-release carbs, that digest slowly to provide 4 hours of nutritious, steady energy.
Pairing belVita Breakfast Biscuits with a serving of low-fat dairy and fruit provides you balanced energy and important nutrients to help you power through your races. They’re also made with no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors.
During the Race
Dehydration is the number one mistake an athlete could make that could lead to illness or injury, like cramping or overheating. Rethink your drink – head on over to Target or Royal Farms and pick up some Body Armor. Body Armor is a premium sports drink with natural flavors and natural sweeteners plus potassium-packed electrolytes, coconut water, and vitamins. Body Armor is a great option for people who don’t need all the extra sodium and artificial ingredients found in other sports drinks. You can try Body Armor in 8 great tasting flavors like strawberry banana and blackout berry.
Let’s not forget about your fan club. Being a cheering spectator at a race takes a lot of energy and enthusiasm so we need to keep them fueled too! Send them prepared with Wonderful Pistachios 100 Calorie Packs for protein and fiber in a convenient on-the-go portion. They come in craveable flavors like sweet chili and salt & pepper, and they will stay busy cracking the shells open to get to the nut inside.
With key nutrients, electrolytes and antioxidants, pistachios are a natural way to fuel fitness without weighing you down. A serving of roasted and salted pistachios provides 310 mg of potassium and 160 mg of sodium with only 2 g of natural sugars, compare that to popular sports drinks which contain about 45 mg of potassium, 160 mg of sodium and whopping 21 g of added sugars per 12 oz serving. And with 6 grams of energizing protein and 3 grams of fiber, pistachios can be a smart choice to eat once you cross the finish line.
After the Race – Recover
Your muscles are depleted after the race. You will really want to do some kind of recovery beverage within 30 minutes of crossing the finish line. Core Power is a milk-based protein recovery beverage designed for athletes with an ideal balance of protein and carbohydrates to help your muscle repair and rebuild. Core Power Base has 26g of protein and Core Power Elite has 42g of protein. Both have 240 Calories. You’ll be less sore and bounce back to feeling like your healthy self when you do good recovery nutrition. I also really like the quality of Core Power. They can trace their milk back to the farm that produced it, and the flavors are delicious. Try vanilla, chocolate, or banana.
What are your favorite ways to prepare for a race?
What are some of you favorite nutrition tips for distance running? Share your favorite tips and recipes that help you power through your races in the comments below.
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