I have been drawing up a list of everyday foods that I like to eat when running long distances.
There is quite a bit of information out there on this subject but I personally find it confusing and a little over the top for someone who just wants to enjoy their running and get to the finish in one piece.
I’ve gathered this from my own experiences and from feedback from other runners. It is in no way a list collated by experts just people who have experience of going long and eating what they like and need to keep on going.
There are some elite ultra-runners who prefer a plant powered diet and that seems to serve them well, people like Scott Jurek and Rich Roll also the Paleo Diet is said to work wonders for endurance and health.
Then there are people like Dean Karnazes who has been known to eat a large pizza during long runs, at the end of the day it’s whatever works for you.
All of these foods contain high volumes of carbs, sugar, fat and protein. Some of them contain all of these items and some of them have a balanced mix.
You can and probably should incorporate energy drinks/sodium tablets into training/racing but these can be overprice. It is possible to make your own drinks and take care of your electrolyte needs by mixing half orange juice, half water with a small amount of salt.
Getting energy from real food is always better, not that some of the items on this list can even claim to be whole foods or even natural.
Please feel free to add your favourites in the comments below and also note that these are in no particular order.
1. Jelly Babies
6. Rice Pudding
8. Cereal Bar
9. Pop Tarts
10. Baked Potato
11. Jam Sandwich
13. Macaroon Bars
14. Carrot Cake
15. Fig Rolls
16. Dried Fruit
17. Snack a Jacks
18. Jaffa Cakes
19. Swiss Roll
20. Hot Cross Buns
21. Tree Nuts
22. Potato Salad
23. Hot Dogs
24. Sausage Roll
26. Baked Beans
28. Cous Cous
30. Tea Cakes
31. Soreen or any Malt Loaf
32. Rice Crispie Squares
33. Salt and Vinegar Crisps (I don’t think flavour is important)
34. Cold Tuna Pasta (Whole-wheat is best)
35. Honey Sandwich (Brown Bread at least)
36. Nutella Sandwich
37. Granola Bar
38. Walnut Cake
40. Fresh Beetroot
41. Fresh Grapes
42. Fresh Blueberries
43. Pot Noodle
45. Turkish Delight
48. Beef Jerky
49. Lentil Soup (Or any other)
and finally…the best of the lot
51. Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich!
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Beware of banana sandwiches prepared the night before. Did this before my first Highland Fling and I couldn't bring myself to eat the brown mushy mess that they had become overnight and then sitting in the sun!
Peanut butter and jam on a seeded batch wins for me every time! In particular Whole Earth Organic Crunchy PB, less fussy on the jam front but it has to be raspberry. Washed down with a chocolate protein shake milk. Yum.
Bit shocked not to see ice cream! On the *** runs I have done I do love sometimes grabbing a vanilla choc ice or ice cream from ac newsagents when its hot :0) This is of course if there is a shop around ha ha
I will rephrase and say self supporting runs :0)
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