Staying healthy while training for a summer or fall race doesn’t require runners to spend a fortune on supplements, shakes and sugary energy bars to fuel runs and recover quickly. You don’t have to drop a paycheck at specialty stores on bizarre ingredients, either. Look no further than your local farmers’ market plentiful produce bursting with flavor and nutrition!
When new runners first come to Charm City Run, they’re often surprised to see the racks and racks of brightly colored packets of carbohydrate-rich “goo,” bars and jelly beans in flavors ranging from chocolate to watermelon to cucumber; wafers and cookies; fizzy tablets; and pre-, post- and during-run drinks. It’s no surprise that one of the most common questions I get from runners these days is whether and when to consume this specialized runner nutrition.