What is the Best Way to Fuel for an Afternoon Track Workout?
Fueling for an afternoon workout can be tricky. Your body uses a lot of energy with the intensity of track workouts. You want to balance your hunger with foods that satisfy you, yet don’t fill you up so much that you get uncomfortable when you run.
First of all you need to stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day. In the late afternoon, about 4:30, you might want to add some electrolytes to your water, like Nuun, Gu Brew, Hammer Fizz, or Nathan Catalyst tablets.
The four main electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium help to maintain your fluid balance. They carry electrical energy to keep your body’s systems functioning to help you avoid muscle fatigue and cramping.
A light snack that includes both protein and carbohydrates again around 4:30 is advised. A small apple with string cheese or peanut butter or a handful of almonds, carrots and hummus, banana and peanut butter, almonds and dried fruit are all good possibilities for an afternoon snack. If you choose a bar, look for the closest ratio of protein to carbohydrates.
Fueling well, and a good attitude will help you towards a great workout!
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