Organic Food for Runners
When I am in full training mode I am especially focused on what food I am eating. Now that my mileage is increasing and I am also working my tail off at bootcamp twice a week I am hungry ALL. THE. TIME. Fueling properly during training and on race day can make or break your running performance. There is a delicate art to finding just the right balance of what to eat so that you maintain energy throughout your effort. It also takes some work to find out what you can eat before different types of workouts to keep your tummy settled (no one wants the “runners trots”!). In our family we try to eat as much organic food as possible and I have found some great organic food to fuel my runs! I have also found that my body often digests whole foods better than highly processed foods so while I do use energy gels during my training I also tend to bring along handfuls of dried fruit such as figs.
One of the keys is to find food that are “low-glycemic” so that the energy sticks with you. It is also good to find a balance of carbohydrates and protein. According to Deborah Shulman, Ph.D., a sports nutritionist in Bellvue, Colorado you need carbohydrates to, “help “minimize glycogen depletion and keep blood sugar level,” says Shulman. In other words, you’ll avoid crashing and burning. (SOURCE)” Your body will rely on your glycogen stores when you are running and runs of longer duration or higher intensity will burn through these stores more quickly meaning that you will need to have carbohydrates on your run to stay fueled.
According to Runner’s World Online, “additional protein will help replace the protein you break down during exercise, help you build lean tissue, and help your muscles recover from taxing workouts so that you’re primed for the next time you hit the road. I like to consume organic protein like scrambled eggs or hard-boiled eggs because it is easy to digest and I feel like it sticks with me as I run. Another great protein source that I like during the run is organic beef jerky which is also great because of the saltiness that you crave on a long run.
Organic Food Pre-Run
- Nature’s Path Qi’a™ Superfoods Hot Oatmeal Creamy Coconut
- Scrambled Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
- Superberries Aroniaberry Smoothie
- Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt
- Hard Boiled Organic Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
Organic Running Fuel for training and/or race day
- Clif Organic Energy Food: Banana Mango Coconut
- Clif Organic Trail Mix Bar
- Hard Boiled Organic Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs (These are good for relay races, long training runs (easily portable in your pack) or even during transition in a triathlon)
- Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter on organic rice cakes
- Organic Bananas
- Dried Organic Figs
- Dried Organic Cherries
- Perfect Fuel Chocolate-Dark Chocolate Espresso
- Golden Valley Organic Beef Jerky
What do you like to eat on your long runs or on race day. Are there any organic foods that I have missed that you love to eat for training?
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