Posted on November 20, 2012
How elite runners eat
Good morning friends! Since we’ve been super busy doing the moving thing, I thought it would be fun to revisit a post I did awhile back. I’m always interested in how my fellow runners fuel too, so feel free to leave your secrets in the comments.
I’ll be back to normal blogging soon. Have a great day!
Let’s talk about food. Well not in the sense that I know how to cook, but about how elite runners fuel.
Nutrition is really interesting to me, especially to see how others eat so this is right up my alley.
Shalane Flanagan tweeted about her diet the other day, which I found interesting and gave me the idea for this post.
Here’s what makes it on her usual grocery list:
- Sweet potatoes
- Greek yogurt
- Cottage cheese
- Almond butter
(My favorite indulgences are wine and dark chocolate.)
Also another example according to Competitor Magazine, is how Kara Goucher fuels pre & post race.
- Rolls, rice, chicken and grilled vegetables
- Banana, instant apple-cinnamon oatmeal, a couple of cups of coffee
- Nutrilite ROC2O mix of 8 grams of carbs per 8 ounces (she took four ounces per water bottle)
- Sports drink and water
- Three hours after: club sandwich
I’m with her on the “couple cups of coffee” thing. Shocking, right!?
The produce section is my heaven. I could seriously hang out there all day. Mike on the other hand is all about the meat department.
This is what typically makes it into my shopping cart every week:
- Sprouted whole wheat bread
- Salad mix and/or spinach
- Soy milk
- Extra lean ground beef
My other uneducated tips:
- Shop the perimeter. I’ve noticed I usually find the healthiest foods there.
- Buy from the bulk section. I like my food as fresh as possible, so I pick up smaller amounts more frequently.
- I follow the 80/20 rule and never count calories. I focus on having real food most of the time and eat until I’m full, not stuffed.
- Focus on real food and I believe everything evens out in the end.
My kind of balance.
Don’t listen to me, go check out Cristin’s blog to see how a Registered Dietitian eats. She keeps it real and refuses to choke down kale/avocado smoothies and swear they taste like chocolate. Bless your little cotton socks, Cristin!
What typically makes it’s way into your grocery cart?
What is your favorite section?
What’s your favorite food group?
Grains & carbs followed by fruit for me.