As I mentioned in previous articles in relation to nutrition, essentially what you eat and drink fuels your body. Imagine you had a brand new, top of the range sports car. You are not going to fill it with cheap petrol that is going to effect its performance. Food is the very same, why would you fill your body with 2nd rate fuel?
As a rule of thumb 90% of your food should ideally come from single ingredient foods i.e. a chicken fillet contains just chicken, a breaded chicken kiev has 20+ ingredients. Try to avoid heavily processed foods as your body will struggle to break these foods down and use them efficiently.
When it comes to your training, it is very important to ‘fill up the tank’ beforehand. Have a carbohydrate based meal 60-90 mins before training. This may be something like jam on a bagel, a bowl of porridge etc. The most important thing though is how you feel – everybody is different. If you feel that you are too full if you eat 90 mins before training, then have a meal 2 hours before. Whatever you feel works best, stick with that.
Those of you training for the marathon ,it is important that when the big race at the start of June comes around that you don’t get any nasty surprises. You will have built a routine by then and should stick to it.
So this week play around with your nutrition in and around your training. Write down what you eat and how you felt you performed afterwards. Once you find what works for you make it a habit and stick to it. This will ensure you get the best performance out of your body.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
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