Fueling With Food
Food is fuel, particularly when it comes to working out on any scale, even if it is just to maintain a decent level of fitness. When it comes to training for a 5K, however, diet becomes even more important. All runners will need to consume a healthy and balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and, of course, lean protein. Aside from these balanced meals, what runners should also consider are post-run protein smoothies and quick pre-run snacks such as a banana or energy bar to boost energy and recover after the run is over. You do not want to find yourself without energy mid-run. Not only does a lack of energy make it harder to complete a run, but it will leave you more susceptible to injury. The only other advice when it comes to food and training is to avoid eating a large meal before a run since this can result in cramps and other negative consequences. Instead, stick to a pre-run snack and save the meal for after the run.