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5 Weeks To A 5K: Eating AndTraining Right

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With a big race on the way, training your body isn't the only thing you can do to help prepare for a 5K.

Making sure you are in good shape is important, but to be sure you get the most out of your training, eating well is just as important, and knowing what foods will go the extra mile will make your training that much better. Staff at United Hospital Center said there are some simple, common foods that can help you go the distance.

"Keep to the leaner proteins, the complex carbs, the whole grains, the oatmeals, the whole wheat pastas, vegetables and fruits, to make sure you're getting fiber, and you always want to hydrate," said registered dietitian Alyson Piot.

Not everything healthy for you is the best thing to eat before a run. A glass of milk may be very good for you, but it's not the best choice before strenuous exercise.

"A lot of times, dairy might not sit well if you're going out to run. If you're not a breakfast eater, there's nothing wrong with making a smoothie, having some fruit and blending it before the race," Piot said.

Eating the right amount is also important. Getting some extra calories before and after a run can be a good idea, but Piot said overdoing it can undo many of the benefits you might otherwise be looking for.

"A lot of people think of going for a half hour run or sixty minute run, thinking they need six hundred, eight hundred extra calories. You really don't need that many more. For about a thirty to sixty minute run, about 150 to 200 calories prior to, and about 150 to 200 calories afterwards," said Piot.