5 Products You Shouldn’t Run a Marathon Without

5 Products You Shouldn’t Run a Marathon Without

Participating in a marathon is definitely a worthwhile experience which is considered the ultimate goal for runners. However, you will need to be well prepared for running a long distance continuously for hours.

A marathon (or even a half marathon) will put a major strain on your body—especially on your joints. It will also create a high energy demand and thus require a lot of preparation on the day of the race as well as months before it.

The most critical thing is to get ready for this demanding task ahead. For that, you need to focus on your pre-marathon training as well as nutrition. You will need to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats. Apart from these macronutrients, you will also need to make sure that you have sufficient amounts of important vitamins and minerals. Usually, these micronutrients come included in a balanced, and varied diet but your extensive training sessions can mean that your requirements are a bit higher than the average adult's.

In such a case, nutritional supplements are your best bet.

In this post, we will discuss 5 micronutrients that can improve your running performance, help you recover better, and boost your overall health.

Magnesium

According to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), magnesium is a mineral that helps you maintain normal muscle contractions. As you can understand, muscle contractions are an important function during running, and making sure your muscles tighten, shorten, and lengthen in a regular manner is vital for your marathon success. Magnesium is also known to reduce muscle cramps, thus improving your athletic performance.
Magnesium also supports immunological function and it will help preserve your mental health. More importantly, magnesium will help reduce your tiredness and fatigue, thus helping you recover quickly.

During your run, you will lose magnesium through your sweat along with other electrolytes. Our magnesium gummies will help you replenish your magnesium reserves to maintain a healthy electrolyte balance. 

  1. Calcium

Running puts stress on your joints and bones and you will need strong bones to endure it. Calcium has been found to prevent bone loss in distance runners, thereby maintaining a healthy bone density.

One study also found that calcium supplementation increases testosterone levels in training athletes, thus boosting their exercise capacity.  

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another micronutrient that is important in maintaining regular muscle function as well as heart function. You will certainly need healthy muscles as well as a strong heart to sustain the hours of running a marathon entails.

Vitamin D also improves calcium absorption in the intestines, which means in order for calcium to do its duty, you need to pair it with vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D duo has also been found to reduce stress fractures in athletes, thus protecting them from injuries.

In addition, recent research indicates that adding vitamin K2 to the mixture can improve the quality of your bones and lower the fracture risk further.

Novomins calcium + Vitamin D3 + K2 Gummies include all three of these micronutrients and can work as your go-to gummies for running.

  1. Manganese

Manganese is a mineral that helps you maintain your bones, as well as your mental state and cognitive performance. It will also optimize your energy metabolism thus ensuring proper energy balance during your marathon. 

  1. Glucosamine sulphate

This is a supplement that is known to ease pain in the joints of those who are suffering from osteoarthritis. Studies have reported that Glucosamine sulphate, in combination with another molecule called chondroitin can treat osteoarthritis in the knee.

Novomins joint gummies that incorporate Glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin along with vitamin D3 and manganese will help you maintain healthy joints while you run your marathon. In addition, these gummies also contain turmeric, which is another ingredient that is known to relieve osteoarthritic knee pain.

On a side note, you can also use our gummies as energy chews to give you a quick energy boost during your marathon. Unlike the gummy bears sweets some people use as an instant energy fix, these come without any nasty additives and gelatin and only contain natural sugars. They will also help your body maintain the electrolyte balance and offer the perfect micronutrient combinations to support you throughout your marathon. Plus, they will aid in the recovery of muscles, reduce fatigue, and help you rest better.

In conclusion, you should pay attention to your nutrition status before the race, as well as during it. You will also need to hydrate well to reduce the risk of dehydration but make sure you replace the electrolytes lost in your sweat to keep the cramps away.

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AUTHORED BY

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Dr Peter McQuillan
BDS, MFDS P1, Dip Ortho Founder & Chief Formulator
With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare sector, Dr McQuillan is a highly esteemed professional in the healthcare space.

REVIEWED BY

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Akil Memishi
BSc Hons Pharmacology, ICH GCP Founder & Chief Clinical Researcher
Akil Memishi, co-founder of Novomins, combines his extensive clinical research experience with a passion for developing scientifically-backed nutritional products.
Review Date:
3 February 2023
Next Review:
3 February 2025
Published On:
22 January 2024
Last Updated:
4 October 2023