5 Basic Eating Habits Every Runner Should Follow

This article was originally posted in Lumo Run Coaches Corner

Contributor: Matt Fitzgerald 

The two factors that affect running performance most powerfully are training and diet. The most effective training methods were discovered not by scientists but rather through a generations-long process of trial and error at the elite level. What this means is that, if you want to get the most out of your own training, you should emulate the practices of the world’s best runners.

Here’s Our Favorite Pre and Post Run Snacks

One of my guiltiest pleasures that I adopted from a coworker of mine is to indulge in a huge bowl of mac and cheese (realistically the whole box — but who’s keeping track, right?) after a long run or race. In my opinion, there’s no better way to celebrate my hard work than slurping up a delicious bowl of carb-y cheesey goodness.

Long Run Nutrition: How, What, and When To Eat

Whether you’re training for a marathon or long-distance running is just your healthy choice of stress release, long-runs are a crucial part of every distance runners regimen. Typically, a long-run is considered to be anything over 6 to 10 miles, and unlike shorter tempo runs, they require a little extra planning beforehand. Think: water stops and bathroom breaks. But your long-run planning is much more than just route logistics. To get the most out of your long-runs, it’s crucial to think about pre, during, and post-run nutrition to optimize for efficient fueling and muscle recovery.

5 Vitamins That Nourish Your Back

Good nutrition is an important component of overall health. What you may not think is that your diet also affects your spine, but it actually plays a key role. Your muscles, bones and other structures in your spine depend on good nutrition and vitamins to be strong enough to support your body or to heal from injuries.