Get the lowdown on proper nutrition, hydration, and other tips and tricks dedicated to getting the most out of your training and race day efforts. Check out CLIFCast, our Podcast series that offers up info and insights on sports nutrition for runners.
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Find out the best ways to navigate an aid station while still maintaining your pace and peace of mind. With special guests from the CLIF Bar Pace Team.
Carbo loading is what many runners think they should do the night before a long run or big race. But is that big bowl of pasta really necessary? Find out here.
Listen to our conversation with Team Clif Bar runner Dakota Jones. You’ll hear about his favorite places to run, how he trains and eats, and lots more.
Almost every runner has experienced some kind of stomach issue on a run or in a race. Learn how to avoid and manage gastrointestinal, or GI, issues on a run.
Food logs are a great way to understand how your day to day food intake is affecting your athletic performance. In this episode we discuss what they are and how to keep one.
In this special edition, we speak with Team Clif Bar runner Ian Sharman and explore how he first got into running, what keeps him going and what he eats and drinks to stay healthy and strong.
Find out exactly what naughty foods are, whether runners deserve them more than others and are some “naughty foods” actually not bad at all.
Learn about the importance of vitamins and minerals in our daily diets, the various roles they play, which ones are best for runners, and in which foods they can be found.
Antioxidants are key to helping our bodies recover and can easily be incorporated into our daily diets. Find out how in this episode.
While organic food and drink may not have an immediate effect on your performance as a runner, the long term effects on your overall health, as well as that of our planet, are important.
What can the rest of us learn from how ultra-runners fuel themselves on runs of 50 miles, 100 miles or longer. Special guests include Team Clif Bar athletes Scott Jurek and Geoff Roes.
Find out what electrolytes are, the best ways for runners to take them in, and the importance of gauging the amount that’s right for you.
Learn what bonking is, how best to avoid it and ways to un-bonk.
Learn about the many different ways to carry your food and drink while on a long run. Like most things, it’s about finding the one that works best for you.
Fat is one of the most important elements of a runner’s nutrition and has many benefits. In this episode, we discuss the importance of fat, good fats versus bad fats and the best ways to consume it over the course of your day.
Running relays is one of the most memorable experiences a runner can have. In this episode, we’ll discuss what and when to eat and the importance of recovering after each of your legs.
In this episode we look specifically at vegetarian/vegan running diets to find out exactly what you should be eating. Plus, legendary ultra runner Scott Jurek — vegan for over a decade — drops by to share some valuable tips.
The 5K and 10K are a great way to enter the sport of running. Though the distances are relatively short, thinking about your nutrition is still important. Learn about the differences, nutritionally, in preparing for and completing a 5K and 10K.
Learn all about the science of sweat, how to gauge your sweat rate and what to do to replenish your body with the hydration it needs.
Learn how to take advantage of the benefits of caffeine, as well as avoid some of the pitfalls associated with taking in too much.
We all know that what we eat directly affects our performance. But it’s hard to get everything in every meal. Meal planning is about looking at your meals as a whole, to be sure you’re getting what you need over the course of a whole week.
Learn about the challenges of going out too fast, the importance of a steady pace, what you need when hitting the last miles of a race and how the CLIF Bar Pace Team can help you finish a marathon with a smile that’s 26.2 miles wide.
Without protein, you can’t get all the benefits from your workout, because protein helps tissues recover and rebuild. Here we will learn what protein is, when to eat it, and we may even shatter some protein myths.
Learn exactly what energy is, how it feels in your body and what the best foods are for it. You’ll get the facts about the benefits of fat, the best vegetables to eat for energy and why caffeine can increase your performance.
Get the scoop on what to do on race day. We explore what foods and drinks might be best for your half or full marathon. What should you eat the night before, the morning of, or mere minutes before the starting gun goes off?
Whether running a 5-mile loop or a 100-mile Ultra – dehydration happens. In this episode, we explore the effects of water and electrolytes in our body, the dangers of sodium loss, and the best way to replenish all of them.
Your body works hard to recover from your workouts. What foods and drinks are best for rebuilding muscle tissue? What are the best ways to recover lost fluids and electrolytes? And what is the “Recovery Window of Opportunity”?
Learn the basics of sports nutrition for runners. Find out what you should eat, when and how. Do we drink right before a run or during? What should we have after? And, what should we not eat.