If there is something all runners have in common, it’s that we could do a little better pre-, during- and post-run nutrition.
This year for the holidays, help yourself and the runner in your life stay on top of their nutrition game with these easy items.
Ultra-runner Laura knows a thing or two about the how prep, fuel and recover from a run. Ready on to learn her best nutrition offerings available at JackRabbit to fuel your next adventure.
There’s about a 50/50 split between runners who eat before every run and those who can’t fathom the thought.
Which camp do you lie in?
Eat now, thank us later. The Picky Oats Performance Oatmeal has some of the cleanest ingredients around and contains the perfect amount of carbs, sugar and protein to make every run just that much better. Plus, these are made with beets which studies have shown to potentially help running performance over a period of time.
I-refuse-to-eat-before runs, runners
If you don’t like stoopwafels, you probably just haven’t had one yet. These Honey Stinger Waffles are the perfect size for any stomach.
Trying to procrastinate your run? Pro tip: warm this sucker up over the stove or coffee.
Virtual raise of hands for those who eat during their runs. Hardly any? That’s what we thought.
After about 90 minutes your body becomes more or less depleted and needs additional sugars and energy to remain efficient.
Choose your nutrition below:
Gels: For those who just want the nutrition to be over with. GU Energy Gels are a runner’s staple with the variety of flavors and calories to meet your needs. A JackRabbit fave flavor? Lemon Ginger GU
Snack: For those who want to take their time or maybe munch over a longer period of time, try these Honey Stinger Energy Chews. They’re like gushers but for running and minus the gel filling.
After running, there’s about an hour long recovery window to get the nutrients your body needs at a rate that is most effective.
Ideally, your body will be taking in carbs and proteins within an hour after your workout.
Snack: Try the Honey Stinger Organic Cracker Bar – packed with tons of flavor and organic ingredients, it’s the ideal pick-me-up.
Recovery drink: Get all the protein and carbs in one delicious drink. The Skratch Labs Sport Recovery Drink has been a go-to drink for us after long runs and hard workouts.
Consistent nutrition and hydration intake during the day is also essential to being at the top of your running game. UCAN has a great Hydrate Electrolyte Mix that’s easy to drink throughout the day.
Runners, we’re just scratching the surface here. There are myriad other ways to get your calories and your recovery on at JackRabbit. We’ve spent years mixing, chomping, chewing and digesting (yes, the latter is probably the most important of all) many different types of sports nutrition for all types of adventures.
Check out all the running nutrition options at our virtual ‘Nutrition Kitchen’ at JackRabbit.com.