The best thing you can do for your body after a run is to consume protein. Protein supports your body in its repair of damaged muscle tissue that has been broken down during physical activity. A whey protein shake is a good source to get into your muscles quickly and efficiently. Try to consume within 15-20 minutes after exercise along with some fruit to increase blood glucose levels. Have a well balanced meal of 40% carb, 40% protein and 20% fat 1.5-2.0 hours after long runs.February 16, 2010
I admit that I’m a map freak. I just have a thing for great maps and infographics. So when we got our spectacular new route approved, it was clear we needed an Official Map that lived up to the course. With the help of Eric and Fiona from CollectiveLA, we’ve built this terrific map. We hope this guides you to your best marathon experience ever. We’re still working on detail maps of the start and finish areas, so look for those over the next couple weeks. Here’s the link to the pdf on our website.
PeterFebruary 12, 2010
This week our sustainability efforts made the front page of YourDailyThread.com- a green lifestyle blog based here in Los Angeles! YDT founder Tracy Helper and Reel Green Media producer Lauren Selman have teamed up to write a “We Run Green” column on how training for the marathon can be more sustainable. We’re proud to share that the Council for Responsible Sport certified the 2009 LA Marathon as a green event and we’re continuing these efforts this year. Highlights from our sustainability program for 2010 include a new timing strategy built into your bibs (no D-Tags!), a new rideshare partner PickupPal, and Heatsheet recycling. Keep your eyes peeled for these great additions on race day. Click here to read “On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Green!”February 11, 2010
We want the 2010 LA Marathon to be the greenest ever and we need your help! All volunteers interested in making our race day more sustainable can sign up to be a part of the LA Marathon Eco-Volunteer Team. Eco-Volunteers should be enthusiastic about improving Los Angeles’ natural environment, committed to raising awareness about the impact of major sporting events and ready to put in some elbow grease! Projects include post-race heat sheet and gear check bag collection, acting as green ambassadors at recycling stations, working at water stations to gather packaging materials and much, much more!
Click here for a link to our volunteer website where you can sign up to participate during race weekend.February 6, 2010
A complex carbohydrate snack is the best thing to eat before a run. Carbohydrates are our bodies’ quickest source of energy and keep your blood glucose level at a constant, giving you a steady supply of energy. For short runs under 2 hours, a banana and a tbsp of nut butter is a great way to begin your training. For long runs start with a good complex carb like oatmeal (1 cup) and add 2 tbsp of peanut or nut butter 45 min before you run. You can use other complex carbs such as yams, corn, artichokes, potatoes, rice, seeds, legumes.
February 3, 2010
By now you’re all aware of the tragic earthquake in Haiti and the unfolding crisis there. What you may not know is that one of our Official Charities, Team World Vision, has worked in Haiti for 30 years. They now have almost 400 team members on the ground there distributing emergency health services to the injured. Team World Vision is now offering runners the chance to run the NPN LA 5K to raise funds for relief in Haiti. This is an opportunity that any runner can take advantage of. If you have not yet signed up for the 5K, please consider this chance to make a difference in Haiti.