Long Run Fuelling

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Sep 2019
5:55pm, 9 Sep 2019
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I probably have a borderline “elite” digestive system. I’ve never gone for a “number 2” during an ultra. I’ve done 13 events of 20+ hours non stop including a 145 mile race and eaten a lot of junk food.

I wouldn’t just drink coke. I would have some water or maybe electrolyte drink with it.

My running itself is more middle of the pack but I can scoff food and drink with the best of them.
Sep 2019
8:52pm, 9 Sep 2019
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Water stations in South Africa used to (and may still) offer coke as well as water. Even for a half there would be stations every 3kms. I found the coke nice, but could only have at every second station otherwise I started getting stomach cramps. What also worked for me was to water it down to about 50/50.
Sep 2019
6:23pm, 10 Sep 2019
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I’m a fan of the 50/50 coke water too

This is an extreme approach to fuelling. Dates and avocado are a bad combo apparently. Interest to see someone truly suffer on film


Oct 2019
2:09pm, 9 Oct 2019
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Thanks to the wonderful advice which I did try to take on board. I did Loch Ness at the weekend my fuel strategy was much better although still room for improvement.

I had mini pork pies and I made mini oringiri balls which I had a small amount of prawn mayonnaise inside the balls. The rice balls were spot on, I wrapped them into balls using cling film so when I opened it I could eat it as I went along. Worked a treat I added a bit salt to the rice too. I opted for these early part of the run I didn't manage all of what I took but I didn't get to the state I have on previous runs.

I also had some sweet stuff - squashies, skittles, jellies and shotbloks, didn't have many of what I took but yes they came in handy later on and active root to sip on as well as a small bottle of water.

Still room for improvement but its a step in the right direction, so just wanted to say thank you all again.

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