Diet and Running – you are what you eat

While the Austin fall weather is primed for running outdoors, chances are you are spending more time enjoying the Thanksgiving leftovers and watching some football.  The business of our daily lives only gets more hectic during the holidays and the time of surrounding them.  Unfortunately, without a conscious effort to adapt to your changing daily schedule, your body and its ability to maintain your run can be affected.


The old adage of ‘you are what you eat’ plays well into this blog.  While this might be a quite simplified version of what we all learned in our grade school health class, there is something to it.  The United States Department of Agriculture has changed the food pyramid from a heavy grain and carbohydrate base to a more balanced intake from all groups as pictured here. While a good balanced diet is important for any individual, it is absolutely crucial for the runner.  No matter if you run for stress relief, the goal of losing weight, or to maintain a healthy weight it is important your body supplied with the proper nutrients as it is the cornerstone of any physical activity.  Improper nutrition can knock the bottom out of your gains.


Since ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ the food pyramid and my plate are good icon to draw on.  You can see that carbohydrates are weighted almost equally with fruits and vegetables.  Fats and proteins are much less but not left out completely.  Your body needs to draws on each of these micro molecules to build and repair the muscle, bones and tendons that allow our feet to function properly through our runs. 


By maintaining a healthy diet as a runner, you can prevent heel pain and other body breakdowns that too frequently occur with running.  Just as preventative steps can prevent problems, early diagnosis and treatment can minimize damage.  Remember that our team at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is here to get your feet well and get you back to your run.


All right, alright, I may have overloaded on the ‘sayings’ this time around, but I want to add one last adage for the road…..’an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’  Prevent nutritional breakdowns and keep running Austin!



Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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