When you are fueling for your long, long day on a mountain, it all begins a week earlier.
This week you should be consuming as much water based foods as possible like celery, cucumbers, grapefruit, broccoli, carrots, and if you like a treat, water melons. On top of that drinking at least 2L of water each day. This is preparing your body to hold onto as much water as possible as you will need it on the course.
In my experience at the Ultra Beast 2 years ago, I slept on the mountain in a tent on a deflated mattress, had a steal cut oat breakfast with berries and a side of avocado. I prepared the following for my 12+hr trek on the mountain:
Avocado chocolate pudding
This is a great and fun source of healthy fats that will keep you fueled for some time.
1.flesh of 2 ripe avocados (240g)
2.1/2 cup chocolate chips (80g) OR cocoa powder (40g)
3.1/4 cup to 1/2 cup milk of choice (60-120g)
4.1 tsp pure vanilla extract.
5.1/8 tsp salt.
6.pinch stevia OR 2-6 tbsp sweetener of choice
I also had sweet potato mash that I also added cinnamon and organic honey.
2 sweet potatoes
cinnamon (essential oil is better than the powder)
I put each one of these into zip lock baggies and into my hydration pack. My hydration pack was filled with water and beat matcha mix. Kept my hydrated for entire race.
The one thing that most people don’t talk about is salt tablets. When you are out on course running, sweating and getting rid of much needed minerals such as sodium. We often forget to replenish that. I would bring a couple of sodium tablets to help counter me fainting on course, cause who has time for that.
Finally, when I was passing klm 35 on the course, I remember I started signing in the middle of the woods and the guys I was running with were a bit worried. What saved me was in fact some delicious beef jerkey. That sweet delicious beef awesomness legit gave me a 5th wind and I was able to finish the race with just the right amount of energy where I didn’t collapse when I crossed the finish line.
Remember knowledge is power, if you are running the beast with other people, make sure you have a good strategy going into the race. My running partners and I had a few safe words, some meant I am good to run, and others meant I wanted to walk. We respected the pack and kept to the code. That meant that each of us crossed the finish line when the sun was gone and spirits were high.
Hope this helped and hope you stay away from chemicals and try to fuel your run with whole foods, foods you can pronounce.
Blogging thoughts from OCRA Team