Best Sports Foods for Running
If you’ve wondering what might be out there on the market to help you in your quest for faster times in triathlons or that 10k race then it might be time to start looking at what’s fuelling your body. After all there is only so much training that you can do, after which you have to realize that what you put into your body is ultimately what will power you through.
More and more of us are running further or cycling harder and those more extreme people are deciding to combine the disciplines together and challenging themselves to triathlon. This is when you’ll be working your body hard over an extended period of time and you will really need to start considering the fuel your body has and what it can potentially hold in reserve. There are energy bars, gels and beans that will provide your body with the boost it will undoubtedly need during any race.
There are many different brands available some of which are as follows:
Power Bar Power Gel Shots, GU GU Performance Energy Sampler, Clif Shot Energy Gel, Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel, Hammer Nutrition Food Bar, Jelly Belly Sports Beans and many more.
Most of these brands produced Gels, Beans and Bars so you can take your pick of what your prefer and what works well for your own body. The Gels are quick acting due to their gel form and are made in small sachets so that you can consume them in one or two mouthfuls (it’s advisable with these to consume water at the same time to ensure your body can digest them.
The Jelly Belly Beans are absolutely ideal for me as they come in a re-sealable packet, it’s small and the beans are nice and tasty so act as a really good pick me up also. Also they are a lot easier to hand out if you’re running in a group or team.
Energy bars are a little more difficult to consume during a running race though believe me you can train at this to make it manageable but it really does depend on the type of race you’re taking part in and what you personally are able to manage eating. If I’m racing with a bag then I’ll keep a couple of these in the pack because they are the closest thing to an actual food out of the above options.
Finally there is beetroot juice but this is more of a preparation food to be consumed in advance of the race (look at my article to relating to this) but you’ll still need to carry one or more of the above such as the Jelly Belly Beans, tow Hammer Nutrition Food Bars and a couple of Power Bar Gel Shots. That may seem a lot but in the races I do you run in a team and there hard so I also carry a little extra for any of my team mates and having said that you can never pass an ailing competitor without making sure firstly that they are okay and have all they need.