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Nutrition for Runners

A runner's diet is important not for only maintaining good health, but also to promote peak performance. Get advice and information on what to eat before, during, and after your runs, as well as anytime in between.

Best Foods for Runners
Here are some of the best foods to help runners achieve a healthy diet and boost their performance.

5 Common Sports Nutrition Mistakes and How to Solve Them
Proper nutrition and hydration is critical to a runner's health and performance. Here are some common nutrition mistakes that runners make and advice on how to solve them.

Healthy Snacks for Runners
One of the benefits of running is that you can get away with eating sweets and other high-calorie snacks in your diet every so often. You'll definitely run and feel better, though, when you're eating healthful, nutritious foods, including snacks. So the next time you're reaching for that bag of potato chips or a package of Oreos, consider one of...

5 Smart Eating Rules for Runners
Follow these smart and healthful eating rules to get the most out of your food -- and your runs.

Diet and Nutrition for Runners
As a runner, your diet is important not for only maintaining good health, but also to promote peak performance when running. Get advice on what and when you should be eating.

Should I Eat Before a Run?
Find out when and what to eat before running and why it's important.

What to Eat and Drink Before Your Long Runs
You nutrition and hydration during the days leading up to your long run is critical to your performance and comfort. Here's what you should be eating and drinking before your long runs.

Can My Long Run Calories Come from Sports Drinks?
During long runs, is it OK to get calories from liquids such as sports drinks rather than solid foods such as energy gels or bars? Get the answer.

Can I Eat or Drink Dairy Products Before a Run?
You may have heard that dairy products can cause cramping during runs. Find out if it's OK to consume dairy products before a run.

Energy Gels and Energy Chews for Long Runs and Marathons
What you eat during long runs and races depends on your own preferences. Here are some of the more popular energy gels, chews, and bars.

Best and Worst Pre-Run Foods
If you have had digestive issues during or after your runs, the foods you're eating in the 24 hours before your runs may be the culprit. Here's a guide to what you should and shouldn't eat before your runs.

Why Do I Feel Nauseous at the End of a Run?
Nausea during or after a run can happen for a few different reasons. Find out what might be the culprit.

What Should I Eat After a Run?
Find out what you should be eating after your runs to minimize muscle soreness and maximize recovery.

Do I Need to Eat During My Runs?
If you're running more than 90 minutes, you need to replace some of the calories you're burning. Follow these guidelines for when, what, and how much to eat.

Pasta Dishes for Runners
Pasta is usually a staple of a long-distance runner's diet, so it's easy to get bored with the same old pasta recipes. Try some of these healthy and delicious pasta dishes on your carbo-loading days.

How Many Daily Calories Do I Need?
Wondering how many calories you to need to properly fuel your runs? Use this simple formula to determine your daily calorie needs.

How Can I Avoid Going to the Bathroom During Runs?
Some get diarrhea, also know as "runner's trots", during runs. Find out what to do if it happens to you and how to avoid it in the first place.

How to Get More Fiber in Your Diet
Dietary fiber -- found mostly in whole grain, fruits, vegetables, and legumes -- is an essential part of any healthy diet. Although it's probably best known for relieving constipation, fiber may also help lower your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, diverticulitis, and other digestive diseases. And since fiber also helps make you feel fuller...

What Are Your Favorite Pre-Run Foods?
It's important to eat before runs, especially if you're running long. What do you usually eat before your runs? Have you found the perfect pre-run meal or snack? Share your favorite pre-run foods and get ideas from other runners about other foods to try.

Do Runners Need to Take Supplements or Vitamins?
Some runners wonder if they should be taking supplements or vitamins to improve their performance and overall health. Find out whether supplements are necessary for runners.

What If I Don't Have Time to Eat Before Running?
What should you do if you don't have time to eat before running? Get the answer.

Should I Take Salt Before a Long Run or Marathon?
Is it necessary to get extra salt before a long run or marathon? Get the answer.

Can I Run on an Empty Stomach?
How will running on an empty stomach affect my runs? Get the answer.

7 Delicious and Nutritious Smoothie Recipes for Runners
Whether youre looking for nutritious breakfast options or post-long run recovery drinks, smoothies are an excellent go-to menu item for runners. Try these healthy, delicious smoothies that deliver nutrients and energy runners need to boost their performance and recovery.

12 Quick Pre-Run Breakfast Ideas
Not sure what to eat before a long run? Here are some ideas for quick and nutritious breakfasts to provide plenty of energy.

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