Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What Women Runners Should Eat

I came across this article and wanted to share it with you.  We have been discussing ways to eat healthy, so it is a very timely topic.  The article suggests women runners to eat whole grains and monounsaturated fats, things many of us are already doing.  There are also some new foods on here we have not discussed, like green tea.  I have heard about its benefits before, but not benefits specific to runners.  I would not have guess dried fruit would be recommend due to its high calorie content, but it does provide a quick carbohydrate boast. 

What do you think of this article?   Do you agree or disagree with any of the recommendation? 

How is your training going?  Do you have any tips to share with the group?

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  1. Hi Amy,
    I just started reading your blog after finding one of your posts on the Dis boards. I have to say you are a great inspiration to me! I just started training for the princess 1/2 about three weeks ago with my husband, both of us need to lose weight and my major goal is just to finish the race! I would love to have one of your Princess bands to motivate me further! :)

  2. I grab some dried fruit before a run sometimes. I can't eat much before a run or I get sick, but a little bit of dried blueberries or cherries before I hit the road works for me.

  3. Hey just found your blog and I really enjoyed reading it. I also am doing the training for the HM, last year I ran/walked it with a more walking then I would of liked so this year my goal is to run the whole thing. Its nice to read what some elses is doing to help me stay motivated.... thanks bunches :)

  4. Stephanie--Congratulations on taking a step to improve your health! My goal is just to finish too. I too am hoping to lose some weight with my training. You can do it! I would love to send you a band, just e-mail me a snail mail address and I will get it right out to you. Does your husband want one too?

    Chris--I know what you mean! I always get stomach cramps if I eat before I run. Dried cherries sound great. It is being added to this weeks shopping list.

    Cathi--You already did a half marathon! What an accomplishment! Good luck with your training for 2012. See you at the race!

  5. I am intrigued by the whole carbohydrate thing. I actuually found an article on runners world that said that a lot of endurance athletes forget that they need to include lean protein in their diets before races. I like that this list includes a lot of lean protein (salmon, etc) among other things.

    Carbs have never sat right with me (be they whole grain or not), my body just doesn't seem to process them correctly. A friend of mine said that this is because carbs are just complex sugars and our body doesn't truly need them as much as it needs fiber/protein/etc. It makes me happy to see such a well-balanced list. I also never would have thought of green tea as having a benefit for runners.

    Great post! Also, I would LOVE a princess band! ;) I'm already a follower!

  6. Thanks for sharing this article Amy. I have never had Kale but would like to try it. I am also surprised about the dried fruit choice. I "try" to drink a glass or 2 of green tea a day. I also really need to eat more fish.

  7. Cupcake--I agree, its nice to see a well balanced list of foods for runners. Please email me an address I can send the band to and I will get it right out to you!

    Kelly--Good for you for already drinking green tea. I can't seam to fit it in. After a few cups of coffee and then plenty of water, I just don't have any room left! Have a great weekend!

  8. Hi Amy, I too am running the 1/2 in February. I am the only Princess in a house full of men (even the dog and hamsters are boys!) I am excited to follow your blog and would love a band to keep me motivated!