When it comes to running, there’s one topic of conversation that causes strong opinions to surface. A source of endless debate, experimentation, and discussion. That topic? Eating and running.
What To Eat During Long Runs
I will preface this post by saying I speak from experience, not expertise. I’m not a nutritionist or a dietician (or even a legitimate foodie)! But, as an ultrarunner, I often do get asked what I eat during long runs. I’m here to share what works for me, and what I’ve heard works for others. And of course, I sourced all of my snacks in Kitsilano!
During exercise you reach a point where consuming energy (eating) helps you continue exerting energy (running). When it is time for me to eat, here’s what I go for:
Bananas or coconut water: Why? Potassium. It helps with recovery.
Honey Stinger Waffles: I know Lance Armstrong is on the packaging, but I’m fairly certain these waffles are clean. European cyclists have been eating stroopwafles (the inspiration for these) for years. Speaking of polarizing conversation – I’m still a Lance fan 🙂
Bounce Natural Energy Balls: These were a recent find for me at Whole Foods, and they delivered. Thumbs up for their tagline, “what would you do if you had the Balls?”
High-calorie gel punches: Gels are key in my running repertoire.The appeal here is high calories, low effort. Honey Stinger’s Organic Energy Chews remind me of very sweet gummy bears. Clif Shot Bloks are bite-size squares of energy. This is what you can eat when you no longer want to chew real food 🙂
Potato chips and flat Coke: While it’s not the picture of health, you can’t go wrong with potato chips and Coke! Flat Coke. The potato chips offer a quick salt boost and the Coke…well…sugar and caffeine! Say no more.
Everyone has their opinion on food. Everyone has learned the hard way what not to eat. I’d love to hear what works for you (also – smartphone choice? Uggs? Spiderman?)
See you out there,
P.S. – Happy Easter!
Bananas, Coconut Water, Bounce Natural Energy Balls, Honey Stinger Waffles and Vega Gels: Whole Foods Market, 2285 West 4th Avenue. 604-739-6676
Honey Stinger Chews, Clif Gel and Shot Bloks: Atmosphere Kitsilano, 1625 Chestnut Street. 604-731-6181
Lays Chips and Coke: Maple Market, 2002 West 4th Avenue
Peeps: The Candy Aisle, 2083 West 4th Avenue. 604-739-3330
Photos: Chelsea Siler
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Chelsea is a Kits-based ultrarunner. Read more about her adventures on her running blog Fresh-steps.com. Have a question about running in Kits? Post a comment and she’ll give you a hand.
Last modified: April 11, 2013