Jenny Poore: It Starts With A Balanced Diet

One of Jenny Poore's go-to afternoon snacks is dark chocolate paired with a cup of coffee. Photo:

In the past year or so, I’ve begun to think more about what type of fuel I put into my body, but I like to think that I eat a healthy, balanced diet.

On a normal day during a marathon training cycle, I eat three meals along with several snacks. When mileage is high, you have to keep the “rungry” away! My favorite snacks are: honeycrisp apples with a few tablespoons of peanut butter, hummus with sesame crackers, a bowl of oatmeal, a bar of dark chocolate (note: this pairs well with an afternoon coffee when you really need a boost!) and a protein shake. If I have a really busy week, I try to make sure I have something easy on hand like Boost or Ensure.

Throughout the year, but especially in the summer months, I sip on Nuun Hydration all day long. I find that it’s easier to stay hydrated when you think of it more as a treat.

Before a big workout or a long run, I normally have something very simple like a few pieces of toast with nut butter or a bowl of oatmeal. I eat gels during my long runs. I don’t have a very sensitive stomach but I try to get in 2-3, depending on how long the run is.

After a long run, I usually cook an egg scramble with plenty of veggies and toast. I focus on eating protein and carbs within 30 minutes of the run, as long as my stomach can handle it. Oh, and I can’t forget that cold beer. A cold beer after a long run in the summer is the best kind of recovery (in moderation, of course).

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