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Runners: gulp, don’t sip, your carbs on race day

August 31, 2021

New research shows that taking in larger amounts of carbohydrates less frequently is the better way to fuel during a race. Canadian Running

t’s undeniable that carbohydrate intake during a long race improves performance, but exactly how much, what type and when you need it is less certain. Recently, researchers at Loughborough University in the U.K. decided to pose a different question: what is the best pattern of carbohydrate intake to improve performance? Contrary to what many runners might think, they found you’re better off gulping down your sports drink, rather than sipping slowly, if you want to get the maximum benefit from it on race day.