“What puzzles me as a coach and sport nutritionist is that athletes do not put in half as much effort
planning their nutrition as they do constructing their training plan.
Why is this important?
For the simple reason that the best training plan is worthless if the nutrition plan fails.”
sports dietetics specialist and coach
What we eat and what we need
Finding a balanced diet is key to be able to run injury free and race with successful results.
Elite runners know the importance of hydration and nutrition and increasingly recognize them as essential aspects of their training.
There are uncountable different diets and beliefs about what foods and drinks are healthy.
There’s no one single diet that suits us all.
Everyone is unique and there are several factors that influence our personal health and choices we make.
Our culture, genes, family traditions, work, friends and lifestyle color our eating and drinking habits.
No matter what we believe is best, we all need to replace the carbohydrates, proteins and fats that we burn.
What we need to eat depends on our age, weight and how fit and active we physically and mentally are.
Differences in athletes’ needs
Our daily activity determines what kind of fuel we need, how much, when and how frequent.
A professional runner needs another diet than someone who sports once a week.
And an elite sprinter has different nutritional needs than an elite marathon runner:
Sprinters focus on speed, while marathoners train their endurance, so they use their body and energy in a different way.