There’s nothing like the experience of a great run. The wind in your hair, the pavement beneath your feet, and the breathless exhilaration of the open air all add up to heaven for a dedicated runner. But achieving that runner’s high (and the level of endurance necessary to keep going) largely depend upon what you put into your body before you lace up your running shoes.
As an athlete, you need more protein and carbs than most, but you also don’t want to overdo it. It’s easy to load up on protein bars and shakes, but these are meant to be supplements—nothing can truly replace a balanced diet for someone who’s running consistently. That’s why we’re giving you some insider info on the perfect runner’s diet. We’ve even asked long-distance runner Sally McRae to weigh in! Below, we provide some fantastic meal plan suggestions for those who love to run, and play a game of “Sally Says”!
The most important meal of the day? Perhaps. Healthy carbs and fats give your body a nice kick-start, so they’re great options for your morning meal. Bananas and peanut butter provide carbs, protein and potassium—a valuable combo for intense morning workouts. Scrambled eggs and potatoes are a nice mix of fats and carbs, and a hearty bowl of oatmeal with some almonds sprinkled on top is great for blood sugar and the feeling of fullness. Add in a green juice or smoothie for extra goodness.
Sally Says: “My morning “go-to” power breakfast is oatmeal mixed with frozen berries. I always keep a bag of frozen berries in my freezer! And when I’m pressed for time, and need a quick grab-and-go, I reach for a handful of blueberries and raw almonds.”