I'm a coach in an international half marathon/marathon program and every program will offer different opinions about what to intake. We also have a "resident" nutritionist for our particular local program.
Simple carbs (sugar) are important for distance runners. They're what we need during and immediately after our long runs.
Complex carbs are important for distance runners 48 hours prior to our long runs.
There are plenty of opinions out there on what we should and should not do; however, I follow the advice based on research that I get from a particular former Olympian and elite runner, Jeff Galloway, with whom I have personally trained and trust. He just makes sense and conducts a lot of research. Tried and true works for me. :)
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