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nutrition for running

I need all the help I can get

Another 5:30 wake-up yesterday for my Week 4 Day 2 run.  It was OK.  Not great but better than Tuesday when I did Day 1.  My biggest problem right now, other than my form and my dog, is my lack of energy.   I’m sure most of that lethargy can be attributed to my diet.

Nutrition is confusing if you ask me.   It’s hard to keep track of which foods are bad for you and which are good.  Seems like something is always moving from one list to the other.   And, what might be good for one type of workout doesn’t necessarily work for another.

To try to get a better understanding of what’s what, I picked up Nancy Clark’s Food Guide for New Runners yesterday.   Nancy is an internationally known sports nutritionist so I’m hoping this book will set me straight.  It’s broken into four sections: day to day eating – the right way; carbs, protein, fats and fluids – the right balance; sports nutrition – the right foods at the right time; weight and runners – the right diet.

The book is short and easy to read and includes examples, some nutrition tables and recipes.  I’ve read only a few chapters in section one so far but already have some ideas to change up my meals a bit.    I especially appreciate her suggestions for what to pack in your lunch and what to eat when you’re out and about.

She also has a more in depth Sports Nutrition Guidebook (472 pages!) that is highly-rated.  For now I’ll stick with the shorter New Runner’s Guide.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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