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Protein for Runners

on August 4, 2012

Morning!!  Whew!  I had the best time with my friend last night!  We both work for the same company and we can’t wait to get together and just chill out.  It’s been the 1st of the month all week….. Be kind to your banker.  🙂     My friend is also married and hangin out with me takes away from her family, but I am so glad to know she wanted to chill out with me !

Step Up Revolution!!   I am not going to spoil it for anyone, but if you like dancing, you will LOVE this movie!!  I am telling you, it was all that I could do to not get up and shake my groove thang.  Oh my word!  I can’t believe how talented these kids are!  Alex, you will love this movie.  🙂

After the movie, we headed to Olive Garden to have some dinner.  They have a new 2 for $25 menu, so we didn’t feel broke after we left.  We also enjoyed a nice little cocktail that was summery sweet!  Let’s just say I slept like a baby.  🙂


Protein for Runners:

Since I started running, I have really wanted to get it right this time.  I want to learn what to do before, during and after a run.  Short run, long runs.  All of it.  I don’t have a runners body and my legs are kind of short, but that isn’t going to stop me from running or doing it right.

I can put one foot in front of the other, but I wanted to find out what runners fuel their body with supplement wise.  More specifically, protein.  I found this list on Swanson’s Health Products and wanted to share:


  • Celadrin.  This supplement is great for your joints and the pounding that you give them when you run.
  • Fish Oil.  Full of omega 3’s and essential fatty acids, fish oil helps the blood vessels dilate.
  • L-Glutamine.  Amino acids help fuel the muscles and can stop muscles from becoming sore during exercise.
  • Magnesium.  Endurance performance.
  • Vitamins C and E.  Great antioxidants that offer support for long distance runners.
  • Whey Protein.  Helps maintain muscle mass and is easily absorbed.
  • Zinc.  Zinc works with enzymes to energize your metabolism.


The 11 Best Protein Sources:

  1. Albacore Tuna
  2. Almonds
  3. Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  4. chocolate flavored skim milk
  5. eggs
  6. Grass-fed beef
  7. Low-fat yogurt
  8. Roasted turkey breast
  9. Soy
  10. Whey Protein isolate
  11. Wild Salmon


Whey Protein Powder: 

  • Boosts your immune system
  • increases antioxidants
  • speeds up muscle recovery
  • promotes fat loss and lean muscle mass
  • essential amino acids


Side Affects:

Whey protein powder is not for those who are lactose intolerant and shouldn’t be used if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.



Question:  For those of you that run, what are your thougths?  What works best for you when it comes to preparing for a run?  What kind of supplements do you take?


We have our Block Party at church this morning and then I have a wedding to attend!  Busy day!!  Have a great weekend!!





9 responses to “Protein for Runners

  1. i saw that movie… you know me too well. I seriously want to dance like them. Please teach me someone! Great post about protein, I am experimenting with protein powders to see what i like best.

  2. I eat a lot of tuna and almonds. I put almonds in my oatmeal and my salad for lunch.

    Glad that you had a fun girls night. 🙂

  3. great topic!! and yes, protein is something super important for runners…sometimes it gets overlooked because runners also need carbs, but don’t skimp on that protein either! 😉 u’ve got a great list of ways to get it, i usually like to eat mine (tuna, shrimp, and eggs are my top pics!). i’m not a big smoothie person so i don’t usually like the powders, but if people can’t get it in from other sources, by all means. 🙂

  4. I have been amazed at how many carbohydrate foods contain protein – quinoa being the biggest, but even oats to a certain extent. They don’t go the whole way but I used to think protein was just meat and eggs, and I have loved finding out how many other options there are! Nuts are one of my favourite 🙂

  5. Laura says:

    I love Jay Robb’s egg white protein shakes – whey and soy protein upset my stomach, so egg whites are the way to go for me! I mix them in my AM oatmeal and stir-fries at night!

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