Getting your nutrition right is an essential (and often overlooked) aspect of training. Fuelling your body efficiently is not just about maximising speed and building endurance; it’s about feeding your muscles the energy they need to reduce the risk of injury and aid post-run recovery too. We asked our experienced staff what running recipes fire-up their brains and bodies for training and racing:
Joanna, Runners Need Brighton: “Juicing is always a winner. My favourite combo is definitely apple, carrot, beetroot and ginger. Liquid health! I also eat curly kale with everything.”
Also try… GREEN VEGGIE JUICE
Recipe: Blend spinach, curly kale, cucumber, celery, apple and lemon for the ultimate green vegetable juice. This recipe is ideal for runners, especially if you’re training long-distance – the magnesium and iron help boost energy while anti-inflammatory properties help aid recovery after hard miles on the road, track or trail.
Tim, Runners Need Strype Street: “Dice the chicken up into chunks and fry without oil. Add the green pesto sauce with a bit of cheese and stir into freshly cooked pasta. It’s yummy and full of carbs and protein.”
Also try… DIET COKE CHICKEN
Will, Runners Need Birmingham: “Fry chicken drumsticks until cooked, then boil them vigorously in Diet Coke for 8-10 minutes. Once boiled down, add chopped tomatoes and fresh coriander. Serve with rice. Delicious!”
Allie, Runners Need Port Solent: “I always have a big pasta dish the night before a race or a long run. At home, we often try something different because pasta can get boring! My favourite is chilli prawn pasta with sundried tomatoes and puree, garlic, rocket, basil and lemon.
“I also try to eat a good breakfast a few hours before a run – porridge always works, but if you’re pressed for time have a banana and a cup of tea instead.”