Running Tips: Diet & Nutrition

The Importance Of Nutrition

Yes, it’s important to eat and drink to nourish your body, but the requirements can and do change throughout your life.

In my younger years I had little interest in nutrition, other than filling a grumbling, empty belly. Being a traditional Brit, (beer drinker), alcohol was fearlessly consumed, often in large quantities. The under 25 folk nearly always consider themselves immortal, (me included), and what might negatively affect others will not affect them. I suppose I fell into that trap but never even considered it.

  • So, how did that self-inflicted abuse affect my running abilities?

I did carry a few extra pounds of weight and my body was not “in-tune” for running races. It didn’t greatly affect recreational jog/running though as I adjusted my pace and distances to suit. This wasn’t ideal but I wasn’t unhappy about it either as I enjoyed my carefree life and partying.

Eventually the light bulb clicked on with life events. I got married and due to the diligence of my wife started eating healthy. That word “Healthy” means a lot of different things to many different people. What is healthy for one person may not be for another.

What Impacts Your Nutritional Requirements And Choices?

  • There is no one right way to achieve nutritional balance.
  • Your age will require that you eat/drink/supplement a certain way due to physiological changes.
  • Your blood type will influence the selection of foods – BookEat Right 4 your Type
  • Your metabolic rate, fast/slow etc. – BookThe Metabolic Typing Diet
  • Your physical size impacts how much you should eat, (calories), just to function let alone exercise.
  • Intensity, or lack thereof, of your exercise routines require intake adjustments.
  • Empty caloric foods compared to high value ones.
  • And probably many more reasons, but I think you catch my drift.

Do your own research into nutrition customized for your body and complement it with informative advice from a sports nutritionist.

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Other Nutritional Factors: Water, Vitamins & Stimulants

  • Liquid intake: Water, Kangen Water, isotonic electrolyte drinks, nutritional drinks – Zija Smartmix
  • Mineral & Vitamin intake: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin E, C, Zinc and others.
  • Performance Enhancement: I do not recommend or agree with illegal forms of performance enhancement. That’s cheating your fellow competitors, plus the danger of potential known and unknown negative side effects.
  • Legal Performance Enhancement: Caffeine, caffeinated energy gels, Zero Limit pumpkin protein nugget, Zija XM+
  • Endurance and Recovery: Accelerade

I’m sure there are a host of others but I have favorable experience with the use of all the above products and can recommend them.

End Note:

If it was just about caloric intake and proportions of carbohydrates, protein and fats you could ingest bland spaghetti, bland soy and a slab of lard to satisfy those requirements. Yeuk!!  Definitely not a good choice.