EATING AND SLEEPING ROUTINE
SLEEP TO BED AWAKE NAP TOTAL SLEEP
EATING M T W Th F Sat Sun
Ideally, a runner should eat every 4 hours. This may take some planning on your part. You may have to carry food with you in your backpack at times. It may become a little inconvenient. However, think of the payoff. In line with other parts of your life, you should attempt to build a routine you follow in your eating. Just as you should try to go to bed and awaken at the same time every day, you should also try to eat at the same times every day. Try to avoid eating close to bedtime. Try to eat a little something at least an hour before training. After hard sessions, try to take in protein and carbohydrates immediately after the session and then in the next hour or two periodically take in more. We have discussed what constitutes a good diet elsewhere and you should utilize that information along with your eating routines. The more you can stick to a regular routine, the better off you will be.
- Eat every four hours. This has several benefits including keeping your metabolism at a higher level, thus burning more calories and helping keep your weight at optimal levels.
- Donít eat the same type of meal 2 days running. In theory this means seven different types of breakfast, lunch and dinner each week. No single food provides everything you need. So, the more different types of foods you take in, the more likely you are to take in the wide variety of vitamins and minerals that you need for optimal functioning.
- Eat non-fat foods. The easiest way to do this is to eat large helpings of natural foods Ė grains, fruits and vegetables.