I am the sort of person who wakes up hungry. On an ideal day, my first move is to get out of bed and walk to the kitchen. I usually eat something pretty simple: an english muffin with peanut butter and honey, a banana, a piece of toast with jam and butter. I always drink a cup of coffee and it’s usually cold brew that I don’t have to prepare. I need to put something in my stomach before I can think logically and before I can go for a run. This extends into my personal life, as well. I am a hardcore snacker.
This has me thinking and planning a lot for my race in the fall. If my day-to-day is this reliant on proper food planning, then I think it’s going to be a big part of my race. I’m testing out a lot of new food and trying to nail down what hurts my stomach, what makes me feel like a hundred bucks, and what weighs me down. I know that I’m lactose intolerant and even though I mostly ignore it during meals, I don’t ignore it when I’m running.
My last two ultras went well as far as nutrition goes, but they were also both 50ks and thus required a lot less food. I more or less ate whatever I wanted (still no straight up dairy) and didn’t suffer at all. I ate a burrito mid-run at Born to Run and had a grand old time. I also ate bars that I’d never had before (shoutout to Bearded Brothers, I first found you at a Whole Foods in California and I’ve been in love ever since) and totally crushed my race despite it being way hotter than I anticipated. Knowing that my 100 is going to take place over the course of what would typically be at least four meals for me, though, is a little daunting.
At least I have time. I’m buying bars and drink mixes and everything else you can buy and I’m trying it for my runs. I’m making my own granola and snacks and I’m reading a lot. All I know right now is that I’m taking someone’s idea from GDR and making a lot of bacon beforehand.
So, what’s your favorite fuel? Got any recipes to share? Links? Bad experiences?
I’m sure this will not be my last post about food. I’m shoveling cashews into my mouth with one hand and typing with the other.