Protein and Running: Just How Important is Protein?
When it comes to sports nutrition, many individuals often associate the importance of protein with bodybuilding. Few will associate protein with running and marathon training. However, as your train for a marathon protein is very important in helping runners to build up endurance. As a long-distance runner, you are very much aware of the importance of endurance. As a result, you need to understand the importance of protein.
Protein intake in adequate amounts is very important as a fuel source for your body. Protein, when used in conjunction with fats and carbohydrates, can also help to rebuild muscle fibers that become damaged as a result of your marathon training regime.
Have you heard about amino acids?
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids. The specific structure and order of these amino acids helps to determine protein types. With 22 different amino acids, there are amino acids that can be made by the body (non-essential amino acids) and amino acids that must be consumed through your food intake. These amino acids are known as essential amino acids.
If essential amino acids are lacking in your diet, you may begin to experience health problems, which can have a negative effect on your performance. This can be prevented by eating a healthy, well-balanced carnivorous diet. By consuming meat products, it is highly unlikely that you be lacking amino acids.
How much protein do you really need?
Like many other issues concerning diet and exercise, how much protein you need in your diet will largely depend on who you ask. Too little protein can hinder your muscles’ ability to recover after a workout. Too much protein will be broken down into waste products by the liver. The general recommendation of protein falls between 1.5g and 17g of protein per kilogram of your bodyweight daily.