This is a question a lot of us ask, and for the most part it’s a pretty hard one to answer too. Sometimes we have races where we get it right and everything goes brilliantly to plan. More often than not though, we’ll experience bad stomachs, have sugar highs (and lows), and sometimes even vomit by not understanding just how many calories or types of food we need to consume when we run.
When we embark on races, and in our training too it can be very hit and miss as it’s often an after-thought for most newbies to the sport. We focus on the running part and the physical fitness side of things, and perhaps forget that to actually keep our bodies going, the fuel we put in it is just as important, if not more so.
We experiment and try lots of different things, and up until about a month ago I was still trying different things – the taste of something can be very important too. Do we go savoury, or do you prefer sweet? There was a time when I used to run on sausage rolls, cheese sandwiches, lollies and to be honest, pretty much anything. I think I was even chewing on salami sticks in the North Face 100km in 2009. No wonder it took me the best part of 18 hours to finish 🙂
But how many of us have actually worked out the precise number of calories we need to consume each hour to keep our bodies going? How can we avoid those sugar highs and lows? What’s the right balance and combination for us as an individual?
If you’re looking for the magic answer, then hopefully this little article from our own Andrew Vize will help you a little along the way. Indeed, Hammer is a big part of our nutrition when it comes not only to training, but races too. It’s important to note that we’re not paid by Hammer in any way here, we use the products because we believe in them – it’s as simple as that. So with that little caveat out of the way, have a read of what Andrew has to say by clicking this link. It’s not for everyone we know, but hopefully there’s some useful information in there for people embarking on their first ultra as the big races take place in the next few months.