After someone finds out I run 100 mile trail races the first thing they usually ask is, “What do you eat?!” I usually vaguely say, “Oh just normal stuff” or try to change the subject to something else (literally anything else) or sometimes I just say, “Cherries… they’re delicious”.
Anyhow, after saying, “Oh just normal stuff” a few days ago, I realized that my statement was a complete lie. Part of my daily diet is an eclectic mix of creative debris. Kind of like a yard sale, nothing there is really good, that’s why someone is trying to sell it for .25 cents. When you decide you really didn’t need 3 pounds of cinnamon toast crunch, well, it’s too late to take it back. The other part is really solid, healthy food that keeps my body fueled for the trails. Here is a little bit of both.
Exhibit A. Cinnamon Roll French Toast This is probably not a new idea, but it is new to me. On the drive back from a threshold run a few weeks ago, I was struggling with the decision between french toast and a cinnamon roll, thus was born the idea, Cinnamon Roll French Toast.
Basically the process here is buy cinnamon rolls at any local bakery. Slice them like bread. Make french toast.
Exhibit B. Ravioli Lasagna
Pasta sauce, Ravioli, Spinach, Cheese, More sauce, more cheese, more spinach, more pasta. You get the picture. Bake that till it looks done.
Exhibit C. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich with Toasted Marshmallow
I really think this needs no explanation, just remember roasted marshmallows make food better, just like 100 mile weeks make beds more comfortable.
Exhibit D. Ugo Bars
Thanks to sponsor Ugo Bars for providing me with some food that is actually good for me and fits in running short pockets! These are amazing and handcrafted in The Heartland, check them out at UgoBars.com.
Exhibit E. Blackberry Pumpkin Smoothie. -Frozen Blackberrys -Banana -Vanilla Yogurt -Spinach -Almond Milk -Pumpkin Puree Or Pumpkin Ice Cream
Exhibit F. Frozen Bowl
Every night in the summer before I go to bed I put a bowl of granola in the freezer. Then when I wake up at 2 a.m sweating cause its 90 degrees in my top floor apartment I have something cold to eat. Add peanut butter, milk, cinnamon, banana, etc. Cereal is more than just a box of flakes and some milk. Get creative.
Obviously to run fast you have to fuel well, but the above is a bit ridiculous. We live someplace where water and food are taken for granted on a daily basis. And while it’s great to have, it’s also our responsibility to help those who don’t. Join me in supporting Ryan and Sara Hall and Team WorldVision in their work to bring clean water to Ethiopia. Link Here Halls Steps Foundation.
Or for something closer to home (for some of you) Check out the Oregon Food Bank, They are always in need of volunteers and donations. Volunteering is a great way to help folks out and make new friends.