A balanced breakfast fuels runners best

20th November 2015

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and all the more so on the morning of an important race. However many runners struggle to know which are the best foods that will provide them with the right fuel to get them to the finish line in the best possible shape.

The Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run on Sunday 3 April challenges runners to go 8, 16 or 20 miles. Like plenty of running events it starts bright and early so good, solid nutrition is vital for a successful race. Nuffield Health who are the official Health & Wellbeing Partner of Human Race, has offered some helpful advice to ensure runners get off to a winning start.

Joanne Hart, Nuffield Health nutritionist comments: “Ideally you need to eat breakfast two or three hours before a long run so this is something to practise before race day. This might mean you need to set your alarm early so you have sufficient time for your food to digest before setting off.

Carbohydrate is your body’s main fuel. There are two main types of carbohydrate: ‘slow releasing’ and ‘fast releasing’. Fast releasing carbohydrates give a fast energy boost, and slow releasing carbohydrates provide energy more slowly over time. You’ll need a good balance of both carbohydrates to fuel your runs. Closer to the run, if you can manage it, then you might have a banana (fast release) or diluted juice drink (fast release) about an hour before.”

Easy ways to reach the required nutritional mix include yoghurt porridge with ripe summer berries or for a more savoury breakfast a spinach and black bean omelette or smashed avocado on toast with salmon. Protein is best to satiate any hunger pangs, while the carbohydrates will boost energy levels, giving runners strength to crush their race goals.

When the Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run returns on Sunday 3 April it will offer a plethora of pacers running at 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 minute miles, helping participants hit their timing goals. Many traditionally use the 8, 16 or 20 mile distances as training for a spring marathon. The run starts and finishes in the historic Kingston-upon-Thames Market Square and runs along the River Thames, past the outstanding Hampton Court Palace and over the renowned Hampton Court Bridge. When the triumphant runners reach the finish line, they can look forward to goody bags from title sponsor Lidl.

Many participants will not only be running but also raising money for Breast Cancer Care, the official charity partner of the Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run, who provide vital care, support and information from day one for anyone affected by breast cancer.  There is no minimum fundraising target and it’s easy to set up a JustGiving online donation page when registering for the event.

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