Global Running Day is next week (June 7th!) and I couldn't be more excited! I am already thinking about going for a trail run… or maybe I'll head into town and do some love-hate hill repeats. No matter what run I choose to do that day, I know it's going to make a happier and healthier Jen… and that's a win in my book (and I know my husband and kids would agree!).
I get asked all of the time, what do you eat to help you while running?
It's so important for me to load up on hydrating, carb-rich fruits and veggies so that I know I am giving my body the fuel it needs to get me through my workout. So let me break it down for you:
WHAT I EAT DURING A LONG RUN
If my workout is 60 min or less, I may run with nothing or just bring water with me. Yet if I'm “going the distance”, I like to bring dried fruits and nuts in case I need extra fuel during the workout. I never want to “bonk” and ruin a workout. Lately, I've become obsessed with Made in Nature Snacks because they are organic nature warriors… and everything they make tastes amazing. They were even excited to sponsor this post, which includes hooking me up with some extra Made in Nature goodies for my next long run. Woohoo!
The key to fueling your body doing endurance workouts is to eat clean, nutrient packed foods that will work with your body. These are my top 3 on-the-run snacks:
Deglet Noor Dates- Dates are an excellent source of simple sugar and potassium, making them the perfect quick boost of energy when I need it most.
Tart Cherry Fig Figgy Pops- This fruit-nut combo are the best snack on a long run! They contain figs, dates, cherries, cashews, coconut and more! They are like an all-in-one powerhouse. Cashews are a great source of protein (which helps with muscle development) and magnesium (which protects our bodies from muscle spasms and fatigue.)
Goldenberries – Never heard of them, huh? Me either … until last year when I bought a package and was hooked! Sometimes you just need a little something in your mouth to get you through those long miles. I often enjoy my runs best when I eat my way through it! 😉 I don't feel guilty about it when I am snacking on goldenberries, which help with inflammation which can happen when your body is performing at a higher intensity than normal. These small dried berries have a refreshing tartness and give me something to chew on when I need it most. As soon as my mouth starts to dry out, I chew on one of these and my mouth begins to salivate.
If you've never heard of Made in Nature or aren't sure where you can get some of this goodness, check out their store locator. I know I can grab a lot of their products at Target and Costco down here in Florida.
WHAT I DRINK ON A LONG RUN
Hydration is also super important on a long run. Especially for me because I sweat a lot— it just drips off me when I step outside in Florida. The humidity is unreal. I like to start hydrated with water and also a homemade lime chia fresca that has chia seeds, lime juice, maple syrup, sea salt and coconut water. I first learned about this from Born to Run and adjusted it to fuel me during a long, hot run. When I did my 50k trail run, I did have an antioxidant rich green smoothie mid-way through to pack in some restorative nutrients and hydration in just a few quick chugs.
Now it's your turn!
Since I have been running longer distances, I have learned so much about fueling my body to get the best results. I am so excited to share these foods with you, so that together we can fuel our passions. Let me know where you plan to run this weekend (or on Global Running Day)— I'd love to hear your plans!