“I'm not a huge fan of eating in the morning before a run,” Admire says. “I believe I can do well on an empty stomach, so normally I just take my vitamins and ‘running juice’…
If he does eat breakfast, Admire usually has a bowl of Future Life cereal and 2 teaspoons of honey. “When I'm back from a run I’ll have smoothie,” he says.
This is his basic recipe (everything goes directly into the blender):
- Mixed fruits (usually paw paw and grapes)
- 2 teaspoons of OMEGA OIL 369
- 2 scoops of Whey Protein
- 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
For me as an Endurance Runner I need to eat the right food to repair, maintain and build my muscle.
"My best advice is to try and test what works for you. These methods have been tried and tested by myself and the work for me. My one weakness is having a banana before race or training...If I do that it won't be a good run for me!"
Dietician and fellow ASICS FrontRunner, Mariella Sawyer adds some info on the back of Admire's breakfast.
Pre-training: Especially if you are training in the morning it’s very important to eat something. It doesn’t have to be a heavy meal, which is difficult to digest, but rather something light to fuel you for your session. This is important because you haven’t eaten all night, meaning your blood sugar level is low and, without eating, you are likely to not get very much out of your workout, feel weak and potentially nauseous as a result of this low blood sugar. So, by eating you will help your body to work better, be able to push harder and it also aids in starting the recovery process already. Some easy examples are: a banana with nut butter, some oats, or yogurt with a fruit.
Post training: Make sure you are getting a good combination of carbs and protein to ensure your body gets a chance to recover optimally. Not only are your glycogen stores depleted, but your muscles also require fuel to recover and get stronger.
Some examples are: wholegrain toast with some eggs/avo; plain yoghurt with fresh fruit and some nuts. Or, if you are in a rush, the classic Sterri Stumpie is great. Dairy is great because it contains whey and casein protein. These are released/absorbed at different rates, making it a great food group to have as part of your recovery meal.