Greater Grand Rapids YMCA Training Tips

The Amway River Bank Run presented by Fifth Third Bank with Corewell Health, the Official Health Partner, will celebrate 47 years of road running on Saturday, May 11, 2024.  

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The Greater Grand Rapids YMCA offers race day and training tips for the Amway River Bank Run. Read the articles below for race-day nutrition tips.

Race Day Nutrition Advice from a Dietitian

Race day nutrition can have a big impact on race day success. This is why it is imperative to find a nutrition plan that works for you during your training and to stick with your plan on race day. The food you consume on race day morning should be the same as the food that you have used successfully during training. Race day is not the time to experiment with new foods, new gels, or new sports drinks. Try to eat breakfast 90 minutes or more before your run. Good breakfast ideas contain a combination of carbohydrates and protein such as whole grain bread with nut butter or protein pancakes. You can continue to eat simple carbohydrates like a banana or sports gels up to 15 minutes prior to your race if that has worked for you in the past. Read more here.

4 Nutrition Tips to Optimize Your Training

Whether you’re running the Riverbank Run for the first time or you’re a seasoned athlete, proper training and nutrition can be the key to your success. The right food, at the right time, can ensure your body is ready to meet the energy demands of your training. Here are four nutrition tips to help you run, recover, and race to your full potential.

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