A couple months ago I was shopping for a sports bra at the Running Room, when the manager came over to me and asked if I was a dietitian.
Erm, no, I replied – wondering how the heck she even knew I was in the last throes of my dietetics education.
Disappointingly, she did not have telepathy; turns out I was wearing my UBC dietetics hoody while shopping.
Anyway, she asked if I’d be interested in speaking to some of their clinics about nutrition. And right away my face lit up.
If you’ve been with me for the long haul here, you know I’m a stalwart advocate for all things diabetes, sport with diabetes, sport nutrition, and overall nutrition.
Chatting with a group of runners about nutrition most certainly falls into that advocacy domain!
Yesterday was my first talk. It was for a learn-to-run, 5 km clinic. I touched on the basics:
- No added carbohydrates required during training runs / race days given the short duration
- Practice, practice, practice pre-run fuelling strategies to mitigate stomach upset for race day
- Do NOT try eating something new on race day
- No high fibre, high fat within 30-60 minutes of a run to reduce risk of stomach upset
- Post-race snack that includes protein to lessen muscle soreness
I think it went well. They asked a lot of questions, not just running nutrition questions, but nutrition in general questions, and I loved that I was able to confidently answer them.
Plus, it gave me an opportunity to build yet another sport nutrition resource for my repertoire 😀
In other news, yesterday was also Family Day here in BC.
Family Day officially became a provincial BC holiday in 2013.
And you better be sure I’ve been faithfully celebrating ever since 😀
These guys, they’re my family.
They’re my love.
They’re my everything.
Happy families to you all!