Pasta may not be best pre-race meal
ARE YOU WILLING TO TRY DIFFERENT KINDS OF FOODS TO RUN FURTHER?
IN A SURVEY recently commissioned by Brooks Running, Dr Friederike Feil, a sports nutritionist and guest lecturer in sport and nutrition at the University of Heilbronn in Germany, asked runners what they might eat to run further. While large numbers of athletes regularly consume bananas, energy bars and pasta in the hope of improving performance, the numbers that would consider slightly more unconventional “products” were a little surprising.
Of the 1000 runners questioned, 10% said they would drink deer penis wine* if it allowed them to run further, while a few more (13%) would eat blood custard** and 24% would happily munch on some caterpillar fungus for the questionable marginal gains that each would bring.
“I’m amazed by the things that runners are willing to eat and drink to run further,” said Dr Feil. “I really wouldn’t recommend anyone eating blood custard or drinking deer penis wine, as it might make you rather unwell during your run.”
The doctor then went on to question a food many will actually consume before running: “I also wouldn’t advise eating pasta before a run because it spikes the blood sugar, which stops your fat metabolism, which you will definitely need to keep running.
“Pasta is also hard to digest. The less work your gut has to do, the more energy you have. However, eating a banana at least two hours before a run will give you some extra energy to run further.” * The Massai will curdle cow blood and milk together to form a blood custard to eat to help them run further.
** Deer penis wine was drunk by athletes to boost their performance and was subsequently banned from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Chinese remedy is considered by numerous sports federations to be a performanceenhancing substance.
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