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What do you eat during Ultra?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 08:04


What do you eat during Ultra?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 07:50

I find falafel too dry Debra, maybe I need to try a different recipe?

KING KONG DONG IS BACK: 50 minute 4.75 miler, to 35 minute 5 miler, in 12 weeks

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 17:32

Welcome back KKD great to hear from you; how is the weight training going? Training looks great btw. no pain no gain is THE way to go

What do you eat during Ultra?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 17:18

If you want savoury try these; Cooked rice fried up with chopped bacon, egg to hold it all together and salt. Form it into balls or flatten it out into a baking tray, cool it down and chop into bite sized pieces.

Take it easy on the butter/oil or they will not hold together.

Most important; keep in fridge for no more than 4 days or out of the fridge 24 hours. Because cooked rice does not keep very well!

boring knee thread ;)

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 11:53

Knee problems are generally a symptom of a problem somewhere else, the hips for instance or your running style.

Short term I would sign up for some circuit training to improve your core strength; this could be a cure in itself.

 But longer term, consulting a physio is a good idea, this 'popping' sound is interesting, a physio would need to examine it for any sensible diagnosis.

Getting a running friend to tell you how your running style looks; leaning forward, tense, etc. or get someone to film you while running would be interesting then compare with other runners.

There is a wealth of self help material out there (books and websites) that advise you on running style. 'Chi running' springs to mind as an example (can't endorse it though as I have not tried it!).

Good luck

Hilly Marathon

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 10:58

Nice to hear from someone with a realistic aim based on a realistic training regime!

I have read any number of 9 weeks to go, no training, a bit overweight, never run more than 6 miles before threads. All you can advise them is, "start training 6 months ago!"

Your training looks great Stubbsy; good luck!

All I can add is don't get too carried away on the first lap; if you finish thinking that maybe you should have pushed a bit harder on the first lap then you have nailed it! It is very easy to get carried away in the first quarter of the race.

Let us know how you get on.


fatigue exortion

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 09:29

Two things that spring to mind are blood sugars and heart; when you were at work had you eaten recently?

Have you had any chest pain recently? An ECG would be interesting either way.

Keep it up though! I have just met a 70 year old who had just run one of the toughest ultras in this country! We were still discussing politics at midnight after the race!

Knee problem.

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 09:12

Just out of interest did you hear a 'pop', get someone to walk along behind you and observe whether your lower legs and feet are symmetrical (does one foot stick out?). Do you have swelling behind the knee?

Initially the advice for most injuries is rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE) when sitting rest your heel on a chair so your feet are slightly higher than your hips (takes the pressure off your kneecaps).

There are knee braces that you can buy off the internet (Google 'knee brace') that may help, big price differences!

Seeing a GP is a bit hit and miss where outcomes are concerned, physio can be expensive!

Don't run (yet) knees need care and respect!

Fuel Source

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 14:41

I agree entirely Cal Jones, it is about what works for you. But fasted runs are a good idea.

I asked an elite runner what he thought of the Maffetone Method and he said 'LoB' but also said that he does 30 mile fasted runs and so does not think he needs to worry too much about his ability to 'burn' fat!

Why do people do Ultras?

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 18:19

You've got it!

 "but an ultra is something you could boast to the grandkids about" (and mighty bored they will be )


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