What Will We Eat?
In a previous post I discussed the factors that come into play to make or break a run. One that I find particularly important is nutrition. It’s all about timing and composition.
Honestly, there aren’t many hours of the day when food isn’t running through my mind. Whether it’s studying for my nutrition courses, thinking about what I’m going to cook for dinner or just being hungry, it’s usually always floating around my head somewhere.
Today while running, it surfaced yet again. I suddenly realized that in all the preparatory talks that Laura and I are having we haven’t tackled the nutrition portion yet. My guess is this is right in line with Laura’s plan, but I’m not going to let her get out of it.
Day 1 is said to last between 4 and 9 hours. That means we’re going to need a lot more than water and our first aid kits in our backpacks. The organization will be providing us with breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is exciting, but it doesn’t account for the hours we’ll be away from camp. We should be consuming between 30-60 grams of carbohydrates per hour while we’re out there (without factoring in the altitude). Normally that would equate to a gel packet and some Gatorade every hour. But will this be sufficient? Or will we want to swallow so many of those syrupy packets in such a short period of time? Where would we find the Gatorade considering there won’t be the normal hydration stations found at a road race?
Discussions and decisions are needed, but maybe dried fruit, bananas and oranges, granola bars or gummy bears should be packed into our CamelBaks as well. Regardless, a small container of peanut butter will be traveling with me. What’s a pre-run meal without it?