Cross Country (Before Tennis Season) Diet

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  1. johnchung907

    johnchung907 Rookie

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    Hi all, before the tennis season starts I joined cross country to improve my speed and endurance. However, whenever I'm in a race, my stomach burns and I feel like I'm going to puke. What should I eat and WHEN should I eat it to decrease this feeling? (Fastest Mile: 6:36)
     
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  2. Brian72

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    I've been a runner most of my life (I'm 40 now) and I ran cross country and track in high school.

    First of all, way to go on joining the x-country team. Increasing your fitness will undoubtedly improve your tennis game.

    To answer your question, I used to eat about an hour to 2 hours before races and workouts. However, I would drink a carbohydrate drink (potato starch) right before the workout that was easy on my stomach and gave me energy though the end of the work out. I would typically eat easy to digest foods. My favorites were organic yogurt, Peanut butter and honey on real whole wheat bread (not just carmel coloring to make it look like whole wheat), apples, bananas and oranges and performance bars. I avoided highly refined foods with lots of sugar. And I never drank soda.

    To a large extent, it takes time for the body to adapt to the strain of running. And as you get in better shape, the pukey feeling will start to go away. However, you are on the right track to look at the food you are eating as a possible culprit.

    I'll never forget watching an inexperienced JV runner downing a pack of red licorice on the bus ride from the hotel to the meet, and then throwing up half way through the race.

    The foods that worked for me, might not work for you. But I've found that the more consistent I am with eating fruits, veggies and limiting the processed foods and bad hydrogenated oils the better my body performs. An I guarantee that they same will hold true for you.

    My first love was tennis when I was in high school. But I quickly found out that I was a better runner. And that's what ended up paying my ticket to college.

    Also, in terms of fitness for on the court, running is great, however I would highly recommend plyometrics (Insanity is a great workout that incorporated this) It will also greatly improve your running.

    Good luck!!
     
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  3. Brian72

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    Also, I would recommend probiotics and enzymes as supplements that will greatly improve your digestion.
     
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  4. r2473

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    I agree. This is probably the main issue.
     
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