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Comment by Deb G on March 24, 2011 at 2:52am

I run ultras, and I've been eating as a veggie and then vegan up to this point, toyed with raw on and off, but now fully committed to it.  On my ultras (I run from 26-36 milers most weekends, and 50-100 milers 6+ times a year) I used to eat porridge for brekkie and take vegan biscuits and crisps with me, washed down with soya milk...... 

Now I am committing to 80/10/10rv, what would you suggest I take?

I was thinking of a huge banana fest for breakfast, possibly made into a smoothie with some celery, and taking a few bananas, clementines, dates and a couple of smoothies with me.  But as I will need to carry all this (checkpoints don't generally have fruit available) I'm concerned at how I will sustain myself over 8, 12, 15, 24+ hours of running.  The 100 milers I can stash food in advance, but not at any of the shorter ones.

I've seen 'Date-o-rade' mentioned here and was wondering if I could have the recipe?  Any suggestions are MOST MOST welcome! 

Thanks all! x

Comment by oriana on March 15, 2011 at 1:59am
Awesome!  I love running while eating raw. Fruit is the ultimate for marathoners!
Comment by Michel on March 11, 2011 at 11:53am
I would not be able to meet my calorie needs by eating once a day, unless I ate lots of dried fruits, raw honey, avocados or other fatty foods... Not sure how you can do this? As for not eating before a competition, I would not call this fasting but simply avoiding to have your body still spending energy on digestion when the fire goes off... If you stop eating 3 hours or more before a race, that should be sufficient... This does not mean, of course, that you should not control what you eat in the previous meals as well: most 811 runners avoid greens and produce with high fiber content the previous day, or even during 2 or 3 days prior to an event, preferring high-water content foods and juices.
Comment by oriana on March 10, 2011 at 11:07pm
Does anyone fast before running.  I normally just drink water even before and during a full marathon.  I just can't fathom a banana bouncing around in my belly for 4 hours.  Also, lately I have been eating one meal a day and feeling much lighter and energetic.  I fast every 24 hours and eat my evening meal raw.  Seems to help with the running and I feel lighter.
Comment by Alex Wall-Clarke on March 9, 2011 at 7:28pm

Cucumbers don't count Helen i'm afraid to say, they're a fruit whereas greens are leaves. Spinach is a good one because of its mild taste and juiciness, I literally can't get enough of it, mmmmm. If that doesn't work then green smoothies are the way forward.

 

Victor - 2 nights before a race I eat exactly what I usually eat, lots of fruit and greens. I wouldn't change anything before a race, that's a general rule no matter what diet you're on. Just make sure you're eating plenty of calories in the build up to race day. Go get em'

Comment by VeggiMike on March 9, 2011 at 1:33pm
Hellen, have you tried blending greens in a smoothie? I've found that I don't eat that many greens unless I am really deliberate about it, but adding lettuce/spinach to a banana smoothie actually tastes great and is an easy way to add them in w/o much hassle.
Comment by hellen72 on March 9, 2011 at 7:21am
on the greens Q, does cucumber count? I could happily eat a whole cucumber in a day if I had to but struggle with other greens
Comment by Alex Wall-Clarke on March 9, 2011 at 3:59am

Greetings Tomas! Welcome to the group and the forum. Yep 80/10/10 will do that to you, it's one life altering book for sure. What distance do you usually run? I'm middle distance too but more towards the distance side, 1500m and 5000m mainly.

 

The simple answer to your vegetable question is LOTS! Lots and lots of greens are reccommended on this diet (roughly 1 pound per day). It depends on your current state of health and ability to absorb nutrients but you can't really get too many. Try and find greens you enjoy eating or failing that grab a blender and mix with fruit. From my experience, runners on a standard diet have far more problems with deficiencies. Done properly with enough calories from fruit and greens, you should be fine.  

Comment by oriana on March 6, 2011 at 4:47am
NOthing like an orange or two after a marathon!!!!!!  How can anyone want to at fast food after running I will never know.  If they listened to there body they would CRAVE juicy fruit.
Comment by oriana on March 6, 2011 at 4:44am
Ewwww Chris that is a bad one.  I would stay off.  Easier said than done.  I just finished my 1/2 marathon and no bathroom problems!!!!!!  Amen!  Until after anyway.  I ran it with my 18 year old son.  It was his first and he can run a 5 minute mile.  I warned him about darting out and I caught up with him at mile 8.  Poor fella........my mommy heart just wanted to wrap my arms around him.  He was so discouraged but he didn't stop.  I slowed way down to his pace and we finished together.  I didn't care about my time.  It was a thrill to cross with my son at 2:00:56.  Not bad for his first.  This was a beast of a HM.  It was 6.5 uphill and the rest down.  You know there is a definite difference in eating fruit the day before a marathon and eating fruit/salad.  I felt really bogged down with  anything other than just fruit.  Now tonight I will have my humungo salad after my 6 oranges!  I used to eat a steak dinner the night before a race and would be burping steak during the run, my legs felt like lead, etc.  Now I run like a feather!!!  l LOVE RUNNING>  I can see myself doing thi in my 80's!
 

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