Training runs are used to prepare a runner for race day. It takes a lot of runs to get the nutrition, fluids, clothes and other aspects of running right.
A mistake made or a lesson learned from a run while training is a run well utilized. Use these runs to try different types of fuel belts, different types of sports drinks, different types of breakfast, different food during runs, different running shoes, running socks, clothes, sunglasses, caps etc.
As the runner puts on more miles, the body will start giving out signals about aches and pains. It is beneficial and prudent to address them immediately. Trying to put off the message only worsens the pain.
There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from the runs while training besides putting on the miles.
Training runs are used not only to build up the miles and endurance but also to discover the ideal food and drinks your body will need for race day.
Either whey protein concentrate or isolate will work; the isolate is more expensive than the concentrate. Whey protein is available in any sports or nutrition store like GNC or Trader Joes. You can mix it with water, make a smoothie with fresh fruits, or take it with coffee, oatmeal or juice.
After experimenting with different foods, you will most likely end up with your best choice of food for race day.
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