Nutrition for Cross Country

A Great Solution for COVID Concerns

With many schools now mandating all athletes bring their own food to practice or parents proactively monitoring what their child is eating while on school grounds during this pandemic, our Fuel PACs provide both a safe and convenient alternative to team communal meals or food prepared on-location. Our boxed nutrition kits provide prepared ready-to-eat whole food snacks & beverage that address several important needs during this era of COVID, including:

  • Pre-packaged products eliminate contamination
  • No person-to-person or person-to-product contact from on-site preparation or sharing
  • Shipped directly to your door
  • All our products are high quality food & beverages, helping to keep the immune system strong

The Training Demands of Youth Cross Country

Cross Country is athletics in its purest form: a person pushing their body to the limit over an extended period of time. Regardless of age and ability or previous running success, cross country training takes careful preparation and planning. Perhaps you're looking for a specific time or you're simply looking to finish the race. Training for a distance race will take quite a bit of time. You need to prepare your body for the physical exertion it's about to go through. Nutrition can help.

Core training (those that incorporate one or more large muscle groups)  and hip training should form the basis of a maximal strength or resistance training program for runners. Back squats, dead lifts, shoulder and bench presses should all be integrated into your training program. If you're looking to develop your power, focus on jerks, snatches and power cleans. Consuming proper nutrition will help you make the most of your training gains.

The Importance of Nutrition on Cross Country Performance

Beyond a focused, cross country-specific training program that concentrates on endurance, speed & agility, breath control, the single most important aspect to incorporate into a young baseball players’ preparation and performance is a purpose-based, running-specific nutrition plan.

Every young athlete striving to improve on-the-course performance (as well as their parents) needs to understand the importance of full body health. By providing young runners with the tools for proper nutrition, we know performance will not only improve today, but overall quality of life and health down the road will improve dramatically as an understanding of good nutrition habits are formed.



Eat To Compete on the Cross Country Course

At Carbon Athletics, our world-class dietitian uses a sport-specific, individualized, “food first” approach to increase energy and fight inflammation while improving recovery and overall performance. Based on a set of guiding principles rooted in whole food and beverages, Carbon Athletics has assembled the perfect combination of nutrition products for cross country runners. Our Cross Country Fuel PACs (performance aligned collections) are the ideal combination of great tasting whole food and beverage products assembled by our dietitian to meet the performance needs of every cross country event scenario and weekly training leading up to meets. We provide the specific instructions on what to eat and drink in precisely the right sequence and timing. 

Try out one of Cross Country Fuel PACs below and jumpstart your running performance. And if your runnner has any food restrictions, we offer custom allergen-friendly options as well.

Team Options Too

Coaches, we know you have your hands full with every possible responsibility that comes with running a team. Player nutrition usually ends up being lower on your list of priorities. But now we’ve made it super-easy for you. You don’t have to worry about what to feed your players, make runs to fast food restaurants between games or have players tell you they don’t feel good after eating. Carbon Athletics’ Team Solutions provide super-economical, bulk-packed nutrition for your team. Essentially, we provide you with dietitian-selected whole food and beverages assembled by “pre-game”, “in-game” and “post-game” items accompanied with instructions on what to eat and drink at the appropriate time during gameday. On top of that, if you prefer for your parents to purchase for you players, we set you up with an online team portal for parent ordering. Every purchase made through your team portal generates a rebate for your team. So, in no time at all, you could be feeding your team for free. Email us for more details and to set up your free team portal.