Protein for Runners

by Clare Wood

For a recreational runner, a protein supplement in powder form is not necessary. For endurance training, protein requirements are increased slightly compared to a non-active person, but a shift of the whole diet to a higher energy intake, will allow an increase in protein intake automatically.

The most important aspect is the timing, and ensuring that you are consuming a protein/carbohydrate drink or meal as soon as possible after your run to aid recovery. The perfect high protein supplement that satisfies these needs is milk!

To drink protein during a run - the jury is still out on that! There is no good proof that it helps your performance, but may help with early recovery IF you have another training session within 8 hrs. There are not many options out there for practical options of a protein drink.

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