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A balanced diet of natural foods, mainly fruits and vegetables, is the one thing every runner needs nutritionally to establish a foundation for health and performance. But, the following seven supplements are worth considering as tools to round out a balanced diet of natural foods.
Creatine is typically thought of as a nutritional supplement for strength and power athletes, and for good reason. A mountain of research has shown that creatine supplementation increases muscle stores of creatine phosphate—a source of energy for maximum-intensity efforts—and enhances the gains in strength and power that result from strength and power training.
Creatine may be beneficial to distance runners too, however, for two reasons. First, runners need to do some strength and power training as well, so why not take advantage of a nutritional tool that increases the benefits gained from it? Also, creatine supplementation is proven to boost performance in interval workouts, which are another small but important part of a distance runner’s training.
Some runners fear that creatine supplementation will cause them to gain substantial muscle weight, but this won’t happen if you’re running a lot, due to a phenomenon known as the interference effect.