One of our team, Anne, is heading out on a Charity Run this Saturday and believes her pre-race Lucy Rocks Granola is going to be what gets her across that Bear Grylls finish line!
A good source of low GI carbohydrates and energy sustaining healthy fats
Each muscle cell stores a set amount of ‘energy’ which can be used during exercise. Of course this is only a limited source (the levels and the body’s ability to utilize these energy stores is person dependent) and once it’s gone your Mo Farah like running speed will likely begin to wilt.
So how can you ensure you reach the end of the race?
The muscles can take up sugar from the blood; this sugar comes from food and drink. Therefore, if you consume food prior to the run there will be plenty of extra fuel available for your muscles to use. The problem is if you consume a high GI food e.g. a chocolate bar you will have LOTS of sugar in your blood at the beginning of the race for your muscles to use. This will however cause a greater insulin release and the sugar will be ‘removed’ very quickly meaning your body will only benefit from this fuel for a short period. If you consume a low GI carbohydrate however the sugar will enter your blood at a slower pace and over a longer period of time, ensuring a sustained energy source for your muscles.
A good source of protein
By adding protein to your pre-race breakfast (no need for Lucy as her granola is already packed with it!) you can further reduce the GI of a meal, meaning that the energy release lasts even longer!
As Lucy uses a sprouted buckwheat base, nuts and seeds it is a great source of low GI carbohydrates, healthy fats and proteins! This, in theory, means Anne should be flying through the finish line…we’ll let you know how it goes Monday!