Have just got back doing the Verdon Canyon 102km race and the food was poor and difficult to swallow for the most part - dry bread, Tuc biscuits, dry cake, crisps etc.
We were all of the opinion that we'd prefer something that could be swallowed without chewing for 10minutes........so here are some suggestions
buttered malt loaf, buttered sandwiches, bananas cut in half. chocolate, coke.
Most of us will be full of gels and jelly babies so more 'normal' food is generally well received.
If things like these are available then the Tuc biscuits are great!
On the night stages things like hot soup or pasta would be a good idea.
Any other suggestions out there so we have a chance of getting what we'd like?
I agree with Andrew especially the soup and pasta, it would also be nice during the daylight hours too.
Mind you after a few miles anything would taste good !
I'm not a runner, but used to do a bit of long distance cycling
for food on the `go', banana and honey sandwiches (wholemeal) cut into quarters are easy to digest and a good energy boost.
my fave foods on ultras include
haribo/jelly baby mix
quartered oranges (wonderful if it is hot)
cups of tea
How nice to be asked for suggestions - I'm a walker, not a runner, but the right food can still make a huge difference on long events. My favourites are:
Bananas please (but not over-ripe ones!).
Coke or squash (full-sugar type).
Something with a bit of salt in e.g. crisps or tuc.
Buttered malt loaf.
Soup (veggie for preference)
a nice cheese and pickle sandwhich always works for me and there's nothing in the world like a cup of tea. a salty soup too, but maybe not that practical.
malt loafsalt and vinegar crisps
what would be excellent though would be hot water, then if we wanted to make a brew ourselves or had a pot noddle in the rucksack then we could sort ourselves out. also if we carried a packet cuppa soup. but yeah, the hot water would be great
You get a bit sick of energy food/ fuel after a while so some proper food like soup/pasta/ stew would be very good. Anything sloppy
The pizza idea of ccd/dean Karnaze is inspired as you can do that on the move.
Fruit would be good to.
If sandwiches are being made Tortilla wraps are a lot more robust than bread. Cheese and marmite would make all the difference.
Looking forwards to being stuffed
Coffee by the bucket load !
Cold rice puddling with tinned fruit - peaches or fruit salad. Slips down a treat!
As far as sandwiches go, I prefer tuna mayo to cheese - more moist. Definitely go for more svaoury stuff as the distance goes up. Most of the things that are easy for runners and walkers to carry and eat on the go tend to be sweet (cereal bars, etc) so it's good if checkpoints can offer more savoury stuff, or wet stuff (like fruit).
Seconds to coke, and if not soup, then perhaps oxo cubes or stock powder to mix up into a hot savoury drink.
For anyone serious about thier race diet this is worth a look,
www.cptips.com look at Nutrition tips and Physiology.
John - that is the first, and probably last, time that my name has ever been put ahead of karno's when talking about ultras. And that was where I got the idea from - and ti works for me.
Do I get the prize for the biggest shopping list? I may have got carried away there but the reason I run so far is so I can eat lots more!
And for dessert...?
How do you lot run any significant distance!!
Thanks for the suggestions so far and there are definitely some common themes which we have already picked out. You will know in advance which food will be available at which checkpoint so you can decide what you need to carry. Our plan is to stay away from the sweet stuff, sports gels and bars and you can carry that stuff yourself for a treat between checkpoints. With regards to fluid you can access water and energy drinks at all checkpoints.
Better get back to the kitchen..
Plain boiled/baked potatoes and/or boiled rice for carbos and I'm very happy.
Bananas and lentil soup also great (that is two items not a new recipe idea).
Thanks Marc for undertaking this. My stomach is "selective" at the best of times and prior information about food availability is invaluable.
All the food idea's sound good to me, but I agree with Chris if there is hot water at the later CP's we can carry our own dry food in the unlikely event we don't like the menu.
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