Summer Starter countdown- Nutrition and training tips!

FullSizeRender (8)Less than a week to go until I take part in the Summer Starter as Team Champion for Fight Cancer Foundation! I’ve been working on strength training as well as running to make sure I’m ready for the 10k challenge.

I’ve been using Bodypass to choose activities to prepare for the event- such as running clubs and F45 sessions.

What to wear: Quality running shoes that are well worn in! You don’t want to get blisters on the day so be sure to have shoes that fit properly and have been broken in. Light clothing such a leggings or running shorts are a must and a lightweight, breathable top- Just like these Team Fight Cancer running singlet’s.

How to train: Use a combination of runs and functional exercises to train for long distance runs. Alternate your running days to include hill sprints, long distance jogs and medium length runs as well as rest days! Be sure to build up to the distance gradually- you don’t want to burn out before the big day!

What to eat: Tim Crowe is an Associate Professor in Nutrition in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne and an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. He also just completed his 12th marathon earlier this month so knows all about a balanced runners diet. He gives readers some advice to prepare for the upcoming Summer Starter.FullSizeRender (9)

“As your training volume and intensity increases to meet the demands of the longer running events, your needs for fuel as well as important supporting nutrients like protein and vitamins and minerals go up too.”

But he explains that there is no need to reach for extra supplements or make big changes.

“Almost all of these needs though can be met through the higher volume of food eaten, so long as you keep your eye on the basics.” He says.

So what does a balanced running diet look like?

“It’s all about plenty of vegetables and fruit, dairy and meat or substitutes for vegetarians, and good carbohydrate sources like wholegrain foods.” Says Professor Crowe.

Although protein is having a bit of a moment lately, nutritionally speaking it’s time for carbs to make their comeback. Professor Crowe explains why carbs are so important to fuel your running training.

“Carbohydrates are the optimal fuel for hard working FullSizeRender (10)muscles, and also have the added advantage of dampening some of the metabolic stresses placed on the immune system from high training loads.”

Training? Check. Outfit? check. Diet? Check.

Are you ready for a fitness challenge? Join me in running next weekend for Team Fight Cancer in the Summer Starter presented by Bodypasss.

You can sign up here!

Let’s welcome summer! See you at the start line!

Love Jade

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