Running Race: 800m - 5km

Would you like to know more about nutrition?

Whether you have just started training for a 5 km run or are trying to improve your record, it is important that you learn how important nutrition is for your performance. Even if you only run short distances, nutrition still has a significant effect and it is much easier to achieve your goals when you are getting the right nutrients.

Finding the right balance

It is important that you find the right balance of nutrients in your daily diet, to support your training. Generally speaking, you should strive for a ‘healthy, balanced diet’ that consists of carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and plenty of vitamins and minerals. In addition, it is important to adapt your diet to your training schedule. This way, you can make sure that you consume enough carbohydrates to have reserves during training, for example.

Preparing for races

When preparing for a race, it is important not to start experimenting with something new. Keep eating the meals that you had during training, to minimise the risk of side effects. Make sure that you consume enough carbohydrates for longer races of approximately 5 km, so that you will have access to all the energy you need during the race. As you train harder and become more focused on improving personal records, it becomes more important to get more insight into the benefits of supplements for running races over short distances.

Running Race: 800m - 5km
  • Daily
  • Before exercise
  • During exercise
  • After exercise

Daily nutrition advice for runners

In general, runners require more vitamins and minerals because of the exercise they do. Due to overworking and excess fertilisation, our agricultural land has been degraded, so that fruit and vegetables now contain less vitamins and minerals than roughly 50 years ago. This lower level of vitamins and minerals, combined with lower consumption of fruit and vegetables in general, means that runners have to pay extra attention to this. For this reason, extra supplements are highly recommended.

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Multimax

€ 32.99

  • High dose of vitamins, minerals and trace elements
  • With amino acid chelated minerals for better absorption
  • Perfectly balanced composition for athletes

Gebruik

2 tablets per day, preferably at breakfast, during 4 weeks.

Definitely recommended in periods of tiredness, diet, disease, recovery after injury or when shortages have been medically established, to support a healthy diet. 

Magnesium 2000 AA

€ 19.99

  • Magnesium amino acid in chelated form for better absorption
  • With vitamin C for added muscle protection
  • Effervescent tablet with delicious orange flavour can also be
    dissolved in water bottle

 

Gebruik

1 effervescent tablet a day, dissolve in 200 mL of water, preferably at breakfast.

Eat and drink before exercise in order to make the best possible gains.

Our level of performance is directly proportional to our loss of moisture. It is important to start your training sessions properly hydrated. Pre-hydration starts the day before exercise, and mainly involves drinking water. The colour of your urine is a good indication of whether you are sufficiently hydrated. Dark yellow urine is a sign that you have not drunk enough. A light yellow colour indicates that you are well hydrated. During the meal before your session (3 hours before) or 10 minutes before the exercise, you can drink a sports drink to hydrate and get some extra carbohydrates.

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Isotonic

€ 24.99

  • The 2:1 formula (maltodextrin: fructose) makes it possible to consume larger amounts of carbohydrates
  • Sodium ensures that moisture is retained better in the body
    and stimulates thirst
  • Ideal isotonic thirst-quencher for hot weather
  • pH-neutral to prevent upset stomach
  • Choice of 4 flavours: lemon, orange-mango, watermelon and forest fruit

Gebruik

Dissolve 35g powder (2 scoops = 35g powder) in 500ml of water. Drink at least 500 ml per hour effort. In warmer conditions and during intensive exercise, it is recommended to drink 750 ml up to 1 l per hour.

Nutritional Energy gel

€ 29.90

  • Unique tri-phase sugar mixture for quick energy boost (after 10min), but also has prolonged effect

Gebruik

10min BEFORE 1 sachet
DURING 1 à 2 sachets per hour effort 

Energy Sport Bar

€ 29.90

  • With carbohydrates for a prolonged energy supply during exercise.
  • Can be used as a snack rich in carbohydrates.
  • Low fat and fibre content, therefore easy to digest.
  • Choice between 3 different flavours: orange, raspberry and chocolate.

Gebruik

As Carbo-loader 1 bar (as a snack)
30 min BEFORE 1 bar
DURING 1 or 2 bars per hour of exertion*.

* 1 or 2 bars provide(s) 30 and 60 g carbohydrates respectively.

Eat and drink something during exercise in order to gain as much performance as possible.

The amount of moisture that you will lose during exercise depends on duration, intensity, genetics, body size and various environmental factors such as humidity and temperature. It is therefore not entirely clear how much you should drink while exercising. A very good way to determine how much moisture you need to consume is to use some scales on a day during which you will be training. Weigh yourself before and after training, and multiply the lost weight by 1.5. The outcome is the quantity of fluid that you need to consume in order to compensate for what you lost as sweat.

In order to perform during long periods of exercise, the muscles must have enough glycogen, and that is why it is important to consume carbohydrates while training and replenish these reserves. If no carbohydrates are consumed during long periods of intensive exercise, glycogen in the muscles will become depleted after 90 minutes. The table below shows how much carbohydrate must be consumed, because requirements depend on the duration of the exercise:

<1h No additional carbohydrates required
1-2h 30g per hour
2-3h 60g per hour
>2,5h Up to 90 g per hour

You can choose to consume carbohydrates during exercise in liquid, semi-liquid or solid form. The more liquid the food, the faster the carbohydrates will be absorbed during exercise. In stress situations, preference is always given to liquid sources of carbohydrate, because our digestive system does not work optimally when we are under stress. For distances up to 5 km, it is not necessary to consume fluids and carbohydrates during the race.

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Isotonic

€ 24.99

  • The 2:1 formula (maltodextrin: fructose) makes it possible to consume larger amounts of carbohydrates
  • Sodium ensures that moisture is retained better in the body
    and stimulates thirst
  • Ideal isotonic thirst-quencher for hot weather
  • pH-neutral to prevent upset stomach
  • Choice of 4 flavours: lemon, orange-mango, watermelon and forest fruit

Gebruik

Dissolve 35g powder (2 scoops = 35g powder) in 500ml of water. Drink at least 500 ml per hour effort. In warmer conditions and during intensive exercise, it is recommended to drink 750 ml up to 1 l per hour.

Isotonic Drink Energy Gel

€ 29.90

  • Isotonic solution and therefore optimal and fast absorption
  • No water needed
  • 2 flavours: apple / orange
  • Sweetener and flavour of natural origin
  • Vegan

Gebruik

1-3 gels per hour exercise, dependent of exercise intensity and duration.

Can be used without water.

Isotonic Energy Gel

€ 29.90

  • With electrolytes for optimal hydration
  • With citrates to reduce acidification
  • Can be used as isotonic drink with lime flavour when dissolved in 350ml water
  • Can be consumed with or without water

Gebruik

10min BEFORE                   1 gel

DURING                               1 to 2 gels per hour of exercise

The Isotonic Energy Gel can also be dissolved in 350ml water to prepare an isotonic thirst quencher with fresh lime flavour.

Eat and drink something after exercise in order to recover as quickly as possible

Proper recovery after training is crucially important, because strangely enough, your body gets stronger and fitter after exercise, not during. In line with the motto “You’re only as good as your last recovery”, it is important to pay attention to what you eat and drink after exercise. This determines how much you will gain from your training. Often, you have to drive or catch a bus, or rush to your next appointment, so you do not immediately supply your body with the building materials it needs to ensure proper recovery. This can cause you to start your next training with fatigue, potentially causing you to enter a negative spiral. This can result in delayed progress, or even injury. What you should do, is provide your body with fuel and the right nutrition as fast as possible.

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Recovery Shake

€ 34.99

  • With “fast” sugars (maltodextrin) for optimal replenishment of muscle glycogen
  • With high-quality protein (whey protein isolate) for rapid recovery
    of muscle damage
  • Rich in vitamins
  • Choice of two flavours: raspberry-kiwi or chocolate

Gebruik

Immediately after light-moderate intensity exercise: dissolve 50 g powder (3 scoops) in 500ml water/milk / Immediately after an intensive exercise/competition: dissolve 100 g powder (6 scoops) in 500 ml water/milk

 

Immediately AFTER light-moderate intensity exercise 50 g powder (3 scoops) in 500ml water (raspberry/kiwi) or milk (chocolate)
Immediately AFTER an intensive exercise/competition: Dissolve 100 g powder (6 scoops) in 500 ml water (raspberry/kiwi) or milk (chocolate)
Immediately AFTER a competition Dissolve 100 g powder (6 scoops) in 500 ml water (raspberry/kiwi) or milk (chocolate)

 

Advanced plan

For those who are ready to take it a step further and are aiming for challenges that are just within their potential. The products below can help you with this depending on your goals.

High Protein Shake High Protein Shake

Protein Shake with 95% whey protein isolate.

1000 gr.
Vanilla

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Ginseng & Guarana Energy Gel Ginseng & Guarana Energy Gel

Liquid food with plant extracts, taurine and vitamin C.

12x50 gr.
Maracuja

From € 29.90 Carnitine 1000 - More info about this product
Magnesium 100% Bisglycinate PRO LINE Magnesium 100% Bisglycinate PRO LINE

Magnesium 100% Bisglycinate supports normal muscle function.

60 tablets

From € 24.99 Carnitine 1000 - More info about this product
Collagen Complex Collagen Complex

Contains collagen peptides and Vitamin C which contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal functioning of the cartilage and bones.

300 gr.

From € 29.99 Carnitine 1000 - More info about this product
Beta Alanine Slow Release Beta Alanine Slow Release

Zinc contributes to normal acid-base metabolism.

90 tablets

From € 37.99 Carnitine 1000 - More info about this product
Omega 3 Omega 3

High-dose fish oil supplement.

60 softgels

From € 24.99 Carnitine 1000 - More info about this product
Max D-efense Max D-efense

Food supplement with microorganisms and vitamin D,  that contributes to normal functioning of the immune system

20 capsules

From € 19.99 Carnitine 1000 - More info about this product
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