Training for a marathon, half marathon or other endurance race and not sure exactly what to eat when training and on race day? Well, this post is for you! We recently got some marathon nutrition tips from the nice peeps at KIND Bars (we love their Nuts and Spices bars so much that they just won a Noshie!) and we just had to share. So, ready…set…YUM!
Marathon Nutrition Tips: What to Pack in Your Gym Bag
While most marathon-training and race-day bags will be packed with towels, extra sneaks and maybe even a set of headphones, what is more important is the food and drink that every runner should have tucked away!
Bananas: You’ve all seen runners and athletes alike noshing on bananas before a race or game. Why? They are a good source of carbs and potassium and are a safe pre-run food as they are unlikely to cause gastrointestinal issues.
Cinnamon: Believe it or not, cinnamon promotes blood circulation, which means more oxygen to your muscles. Try grabbing a bar like PowerBar’s Apple Cinnamon so you’re getting protein and cinnamon in one bite.
Honey: Either grab a small bottle of honey and pack it in your pocket or try Honey Stinger gel packets which include B Vitamins and electrolytes.
Cherry juice: Cherries are higher in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties than many other types of fruit. Cheribound’s original juice is packed with 50 cherries and can be enjoyed warm or cold.
KIND Bars: KIND’s Almond Walnut Macadamia + Protein has an extra boost of protein and is composed primarily of nuts, which help refuel and re-energize the weathered runner.
What are a few of your favorite marathon-nutrition eats? Tell us! —Jenn