Going Bananas!

BananaThe amazing banana transmits an explosion of energy and nutritional assets to the runner.  Bananas are among the best pre-workout, pre-race, and post-race foods for runners. This yellow eclipse is almost all energy filled carbohydrate. A large banana contains more than 30 grams of carbohydrates, just 1 gram of protein, and no fat whatsoever. Bananas are extremely high in potassium containing a whopping 400 mg.

I am confident in stating that the consumption of bananas will improve your running performance. Running requires the body to convert stored energy into fuel. Runners are in high demand of vitamins and electrolytes (potassium and magnesium) which becomes exhausted while running. Bananas naturally contain these essential nutrients. Let’s take a look at the leading nutritional values that are loaded in this yellow power.


Potassium is pinnacle for athletes who engage in extreme training. Lacking or not absorbing adequate amounts of potassium can result in muscle cramps and irregular heartbeat. This electrolyte (potassium) is responsible for accurate fluid levels and balanced nerve impulses. Potassium is easily released through training movements exiting the perspiring body. So the appropriate advice is to continue replacing the potassium. The best way to obtain potassium is through our powerful yellow fruit. One banana holds approximately 420 milligrams of potassium.

Vitamin B6

Body builders build muscle with help from their best advocate vitamin B-6. Vitamin b-6 helps in the absorption of protein in the muscle, positioning this element of important to the athlete. This creates the reason to consume bananas who are the hosts of nutritional values such as B-6. Vitamin B-6 is also involved in energy metabolism, and the movement of oxygen to the cells. The main importance for a runner is that B-6 maintains energy and oxygen levels, and provides the nutrient in the form of protein to the muscles. The banana contains 0.43 milligrams of vitamin B-6.


The foundation and frame of the human body is found in the artistry of the skeletal system. Without a strong frame a building will collapse, in the same mind thought of a building, without strong bones a body will collapse. This example spells out the crucial need for magnesium. Magnesium is found in the bones which helps to improve and maintain healthy ossein. Bananas are a rich source of magnesium.  Runners put extra force and pressure on bones during training, hence the need for magnesium. Other roles of magnesium include muscle and nerve function, immune support, energy metabolism, and protein synthesis. There are 32 milligrams of magnesium in a medium banana.


The major source of energy with respect to running is carbohydrates in the form of Glycogen stores in the muscle. Obviously extensive training and exercise promotes the depletion of these stores. The greater amount of glycogen stores the longer exercise such as running can continue without exhaustion. So we need more carbs, and the way to acquire it in a clean and healthy way is through our friendly neighborhood banana. The banana contains a great amount at 27 grams of those important carbs.

So folks our powerful banana is easy and quick to eat. This excellent fruit is tasty and quick to digest. These properties added to the nutritional value make the banana an important constituent of the runner’s food selection. So instead of peeling or feeling like going bananas, eat the banana and feel the energy and strength.

Happy Running!

John Carlson
Coach RRCW