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How to Fuel for an Afternoon Track Workout

What is the Best Way to Fuel for an Afternoon Track Workout?

water_fuel_trackFueling 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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Hydration Energy

Hydration Energy

by Coach Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

PenguinsAny time we exercise for over 60 minutes, in any kind of weather: sun, wind or rain, we need to remember to hydrate. How do you carry your water and electrolytes?

There are many options to choose from when you arrive at the sports store. There are elastic belts made by Nathan and Amphipod which have bottles attached as well as some extra pockets for your I.D. and keys. There are also hand-held bottles with pockets attached, again made by Nathan and Amphipod. And Coach Stephanie has the HipSisters band that is made of material and has 3 zippered pockets and a pouch. An 8 ounce bottle of water can be placed in the zippered pocket.

In order to decide on the hydration system that is right for you, ask other WOW Women what they like to use and why.

Warm, cold or rainy, remember to stay hydrated any time you run.