Photography by Justin McChesney-Wachs
Runners are often wary about trying new pre-, mid- and post-workout foods. That aversion makes sense for race morning—no one needs a portapotty surprise while chasing down a PR!—but during training, testing new fuel can have incredible upsides. Nutrition brands are consistently improving their offerings and new companies pop up every day. Perhaps there’s a product out there that’s perfect for you, just waiting to be sampled!
For our annual Fuel Up Awards, we focus on new items—out in the past 12 months. Most of our picks tell a larger story about why certain ingredients are ideal for runners and trends in race nutrition. More importantly, they also passed our taste test!