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BEST SPORTS NUTRITION FOR RUNNERS

Sports Nutrition: Find Your Fit

One size does not fit all when it comes to sports nutrition. Just as its important to find a running shoe that is specific to your individual needs, the same goes for nutrition.

As runners and endurance athletes, sports nutrition is an essential part of your success in training and racing.

With literally hundreds of different sports nutrition options available, it can be an overwhelming process to figure out which one is best for you. We have provided a breakdown of some of the top rated nutrition products from fellow JackRabbit runners, broken down by type.

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SPORTS NUTRITION: DRINKS & GELS

Maurten Drink Mix | Best Nutrition for Runners

MAURTEN DRINK MIX

If you want both hydration and lot of energy – this is the product for you. One serving contains 40 grams of carbohydrates (500 ml). Use it before, during and/or after activity.

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NUUN HYDRATION

When you sweat, your body loses vital minerals and electrolytes that need to be replaced for healthy recovery and lasting performance. Nuun Sport provides a great balance of ingredients for mineral replenishment and optimal hydration before/during/after your workout.

SHOP NUUN

Best Nutrition for Runners | Gu Energy Roctane Drink Mix

GU ROCTANE ENERGY DRINK MIX

Created for high-intensity and demanding activity, Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink packs more electrolytes and carbohydrates than your average electrolyte drink. Each serving is packed with branched chain amino acids to decrease muscle damage. Taurine is also added to improve cardiac output.

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NUTRITION – GELS

Gu Energy Gel | Best Nutrition for Runners

GU ENERGY GELS

Created for daily training and competition, GU Energy Gel packs energy-dense calories in a portable packet to help sustain energy demands of any duration or activity.

The 100-calorie packets contain carbohydrates (maltodextrin and fructose) that use non-competing pathways to help maximize carbohydrate absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress

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Huma Energy Gel | Best Nutrition for Runners

HUMA ENERGY GELS

Hüma energy gels combine 100% all-natural ingredients and are made with real fruit, making Hüma the best-tasting energy gels on the market. Finally say goodbye to those upset tummy aches!

SHOP HUMA ENERGY GEL

Honey Stinger Energy Gel

HONEY STINGER GELS

Get buzzin’ on your bicycle with Honey Stinger’s Classic Energy Gel made with pure honey. This versatile pocket of energy is packed with sodium, potassium and B complex vitamins to aid fat and protein absorption, breakdown carbs and provide maximum energy output with full recovery.

SHOP HONEY STINGER GELS


SPORTS NUTRITION: BARS

Gu Stroopwafel

GU STROOPWAFEL

The GU Energy Stroopwafel is a delicious addition to your nutrition plan that’s rich with essential nutrients, light on the stomach, and easy to digest before or during activity. It tastes great with pre-ride coffee, during a gran-fondo or ultra-marathon, and anytime you are looking for an alternative energy source to power your performance. Not your average waffle, this syrup-filled creation has the nutrients that make GU products great like essential amino acids, electrolytes, and carbohydrates.

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UCAN Energy Bar

UCAN ANYTIME ENERGY BAR

Try the first UCAN Snack bar with plant protein, featuring our revolutionary UCAN SuperStarch for steady energy, plus protein, fiber and healthy fats to curb cravings!

SHOP UCAN ANYTIME ENERGY BAR

Skratch Energy Bar

SKRATCH ENERGY BAR

The Skratch Labs Anytime Energy Bars are powerful enough for endurance workouts but tasty enough for a snack any time of day. They’re made with real ingredients, like oats, nut butter, sea salt, brown rice crisps, and quinoa crisps. The folks at Skratch Labs don’t like putting extra junk in their bodies and they don’t want you to either, so these are free from anything artificial or unnecessary such as artificial sweeteners, coloring, or flavoring agents.

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SPORTS NUTRITION: CHEWS

Gu Energy Chews | Best Nutrition for Runners

GU ENERGY CHEWS

Now the GU you can chew comes in a convenient sleeve with two-servings per package. Created for daily training and competition, GU Energy Chews pack energy-dense calories in a portable packet to help sustain energy demands of long duration activities. With 80-calories per serving (two servings per packet), Energy Chews contain carbohydrates to keep you fueled while delaying bonking by sparing your glycogen stores.

SHOP GU ENERGY CHEWS

Honey Stinger Energy Chews

HONEY STINGER ENERGY CHEWS

Honey Stinger Energy Chews are made with 95% natural organic ingredients for a low glycemic index. Pop a few of these tasty chews for a dose of carbohydrates and electrolytes before or mid-run to help get you going

SHOP HONEY STINGER ENERGY CHEWS

Jelly Belly Sports Beans

JELLY BELLY SPORTS BEANS

Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans are formulated to help fuel the body during intense exercise. Clinically proven to maximize sports performance, each bean is loaded with carbs for fuel, electrolytes to help maintain fluid balance and vitamins to optimize energy release and protect cells against oxidative damage. Flavored with real fruit juices and other natural flavors, they come in a convenient resealable bag that you will love.

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It’s time for you to Find Your Fit with nutrition. A big part of finding the right nutrition is trial and error. This involves using different products throughout your training to determine which is the best fit for your specific needs. Tell us what nutrition works best for you!

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BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR TRIATHLETES

Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

FIND YOUR FIT ON THE RUN

The right shoe can help make or break a race, but shoe selection is even more important when that race comes AFTER a swim and a bike. Triathletes have a lot of options when it comes to selecting the right gear, wheels, helmets, wetsuits, googles, gearing and of course, shoes.

With the new emergence of the carbon plated shoes, many triathletes have a dedicated training shoe and a dedicated racing shoe. We picked out some of the best running shoes for triathletes to race with.

BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR TRIATHLETES

Hoka Carbon X 2 - Women's

HOKA CARBON X 2

HOKA has taken the triathlon world by storm over the last 5 years, with many of the top professionals racing in HOKA footwear.

Positioned as an endurance racer, the Carbon X2 delivers the same propulsive speed as its predecessor in an adaptable silhouette geared for training and racing alike. Engineered with a responsive, carbon fiber plate and aggressive Meta-Rocker, this performance shoe is a formidable competitor.

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Nike Alphafly Next% | Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

NIKE AIR ZOOM ALPHAFLY NEXT%

The record breaking shoe of Eliud Kipchoge, the worlds first sub-2 hour marathoner. You won’t go to race and not see an athlete racing in the brightly colored Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%.

Responsive foam and 2 Zoom Air units combine to push your running game forward for your next marathon or road race.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro | Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

SAUCONY VIZIPRO SPEED ENDORPHIN PRO

Saucony jumped on board with the carbon plate hype with their model, Endorphin Pro.

The Endorphin Pro has ultralight, springy PWRRUNPB cushioning and a signature s-curve carbon fiber plate for powerful transitions, running at top speed feels easier, so you get to the finish line faster.

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JACKRABBIT: FIND YOUR FIT

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HELPING EVERY RUNNER TO ‘FIND THEIR FIT’

Where you ‘fit’ in the world is a question most people ask of themselves at some point in their lives. As runners, we are no different. The levity of spirit when you find your true ‘fit’, your homies, your group, your posse is game-changing. The same goes for that moment you find a running shoe that truly fits you.

At JackRabbit we are what our tagline says –  ‘Where FIT Happens’. These three simple words can mean myriad things. 

Firstly, on a fundamental level at JackRabbit, we fit you in running shoes. We take our time in our stores with each customer. We analyze gait on a treadmill, get insight into running goals and training mileage and experience before we make a shoe recommendation.

On a larger level ‘Where FIT Happens’ speaks to our role in the running community. We bring together runners from all backgrounds into group runs and support running initiatives in our communities and nationwide. Our JackRabbit stores donate shoes to help others and we strive every day to make a difference in running communities around us.  

We work in inner cities and the suburb and we aim to help any runner find their fit in the community, just as much as we help fit their running shoes. 

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JACKRABBIT & RUNNING COMMUNITIES

Running brings people together. The simple act of running with a group gives way to so many benefits beyond the fitness and endurance gained. We experience a bigger social connection when we run with others. This connection only increases when we work towards a common goal, a race or a cause. Running can break down barriers, mend fences and inspire global initiatives. It also has the special ability to make us feel that we’re ‘home’. 

Running with a chosen group or friends can motivate us more, add a little extra pep to our steps or shave a few seconds off a run pace.

Running brings people from different vocations, income brackets, backgrounds or cultures together, merely through the simple joy of putting one step in front of another.

A running community can be as simple as your closest friends, or a local running team, or a cultural, gender-specific or lifestyle group. It can be off road, on road or on track. Now, it can even be virtual or an online group with runners you’ve never met in person, but with whom you find solidarity.

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FIT YOUR FIT AT JACKRABBIT

The next few weeks at JackRabbit we’ll be bringing you a range of stories of the ways people ‘fit’ in running. From the most basic to the more impactful.

We will start at the most basic and fundamental level of how you fit into your running shoes; running after all, starts with a pair of shoes no matter who you are.

We’ll show you how to consider what shoes are right for you as well as the different types of shoes for varying running types: 5k runners, marathon runners, trail runners, triathletes. And let’s not forget the champions who stand on their feet all day and need ‘runners’ to support them through the long days. 

We’ll also share stories of how runners have found their ‘fit’ in the running community. We’ll meet online groups from trail or marathon to those that help with mental health, support race discrimination and gender specific communities. Let’s give a shout out to Another Mother Runner for example.

Finally, we’ll talk about the larger impact of running; how it’s helped through a global pandemic and grown a new generation of runners. We – as runners – can do a lot to make sure these new runners are made to feel welcome and included.

JackRabbit Gait Analysis

FUNDAMENTALS: HOW WE FIT YOUR SHOES

At JackRabbit, we are in the business of matchmaking and problem solving for your feet. Whether you’ve got high arches, flat feet, bunions, knee pain, shin splints, or anything in between, we’ve got the expertise, knowledge and tools to find the right footwear for you. We’ll find you a pair of running shoes that suits your unique foot shape best and keeps you running and walking injury free.

How do we do this? Via a gait analysis and questions about your running goals and habits. This gait analysis is a free tool we use at JackRabbit to quickly and accurately determine which type and category of footwear will work best for you. It involves one of our in-store gurus recording your lower legs and feet while you run or walk on a treadmill at a comfortable pace for 30 seconds to one minute.

Check out how we do a full gait analysis at our JackRabbit partner stores.

LEARN ABOUT GAIT ANALYSIS AT JACKRABBIT
JackRabbit Fit Finder

FUNDAMENTALS: HOW WE CAN FIT YOU ONLINE

We know there are times when shopping online is the way to go and the speed you need. We’ve worked with our shoe and running tech gurus to create the online JackRabbit Fit Finder. This is your go-to essential resource for discerning the best choice of running shoes for your type.

This new Fit Finder tool algorithmically takes into account anything from race distance, to weekly mileage, to terrain, to cushioning needed. After answering a few select questions, the robotic JackRabbit genius (as we like to think it is) will select a range of shoes most suited for your needs. 

Check it out for yourself to see which running shoes could be with you on your next adventures.

TAKE THE FIT FINDER TEST
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KEEP FINDING YOUR FIT

We’ll keep sharing our resources and news to help you ‘find your fit’ here. Follow JackRabbit on social media where we’ll share all our Find Your Fit resources over the coming weeks. 

Run on! 

The Crew At JackRabbit