- Oatmeal – Carbohydrates for endurance! Oatmeal stays with me and provides slow-burning energy. Plus whole grains like oatmeal foods are less processed and contain more natural nutrition!
- Banana - Another source of carbs. Potassium also helps prevent cramping. Bananas are also considered a "safe" pre-run food because they're unlikely to cause gastrointestinal issues.
- Peanut Butter -For protein (I like mine with honey on top)! Calorie rich fuel for energy and to keep me feeling full. Protein is needed to build and repair muscles damaged during training as well.
- Honey - Honey's natural unrefined sugars are easily absorbed by the body and can help maintain blood sugar level during a run. Honey was even used by runners in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece in as an energy"
We asked our Reach the Beach Park's team runners what they eat and drink to prepare for and recover from exercise. We received a great mix of their advice for breakfast, energy-packed snacks, sustenance while running, and post-run meals. Here are their responses...