Fitness Tip of the Day: Extra Carbs for the Long Run

Fitness Tip of the Day: Extra Carbs for the Long Run

On long runs, you will need that extra boost of energy so that your legs don't give out. Try experimenting with different forms of carbs to see what works best for you.

There are so many varieties on the market today: gels, chews, blocks, sports beans, Gatorade, and even food such as dried fruits, pretzels, or cereal, not to mention choosing flavor and whether or not you can handle caffeine.

Always test what works best for you BEFORE race day. Too many people get caught up in the excitement of race expos and end up making the critical mistake of wearing, eating, or doing something other than their normal routine. That's a mistake that could cost you your race.

*Disclaimer: The aforementioned is not to be construed as medical or professional fitness advice. Please always consult the advice of a physician, nutritionist, or other medical personnel before beginning any fitness or nutritional program.


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Christina Mancuso Christina Mancuso, a mother of 3, has traveled to well over 70 cities on various Broadway National Tours. She is now residing in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio after spending a year in NYC to support her daughter's Broadway debut. Besides writing, traveling, and mothering, she is a 13-time marathon runner (including the 2015 Boston Marathon), freelance artist, classical violinist, and a previous Paralegal with over 20 years of writing and research experience. Mancuso is listed in 'Who's Who Worldwide' and has been recognized for "Outstanding Leadership in Media" by the International Women's Leadership Association. A former Theatre Critic for both Columbus and NYC, Christina is currently the Regional Managing Editor of and Editor-in-Chief of