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The nutritionist’s take

Stu and Chris have posted recently about their upcoming challenges and mentioned their nutrition. They’re taking different approaches and although their challenges are different, in some ways, they’re similar.

Stu tends to run with just water having eaten well beforehand whereas Chris takes something to eat as well as drink. The food they eat on a day to day basis also varies quite considerably but will it affect their results? Let’s look at Stu’s approach first:

Stu mainly eats a low carb, high protein and high real food diet. His body will be used to not having such a high supply of carbohydrate for energy meaning he is more likely to burn fat when running and exercising. Potentially, this means he will be able to run further and for longer before becoming fatigued as his body will be used to burning fat for energy.

Chris takes a different approach. He eats more carbohydrate and processed food. Before setting off, he did have some protein though from the eggs and then a banana for some carbohydrate. I think Chris has a bit of an addiction to bananas! Bananas are good for running because most people find them relatively easy to digest just before or on a run and they’re also easy to eat after getting some carbohydrate back in the body.

I’ll be keeping a close and offering advice on how to make improvements but it’s important to bare in mind that race day is not all that far away. Here are 3 top tips for preparing for a race in terms of nutrition:

1. On the day. Do you need more than just water? What does the race provide? When will you take on board food/gels? The most important thing is to try out whatever you’re planning to do before the race day.

2. Eat a breakfast with carbohydrate and protein in on race morning to give you energy for the start but also sustain you over a longer period of time.

3. Don’t make drastic changes too close to the day. If you typically eat a high carb diet, switching to a low carb diet and expecting to carry on as normal will be very difficult. Make sure that you do eat a variety of foods to help your immune system and consider whether you need to increase your vegetable intake.

Got a question?

Email hannah.bailey@accelerateuk.com

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