I have been eating “clean” and following the Primal Blueprint diet for just over a year now. This is similar to the Paleo/Caveman diet except it allows dairy and it has a more forgiving 80/20 philosophy. Both of these factors are extremely important to me because a) OMG, I can’t give up cheese! and b) if there are strict rules of “eat x and you have failed” then I will eat all of the x in the world and go down in a ball of flames. The more forgiving “try to avoid x but if you eat it occasionally, it’s no biggie” leaves me not even wanting it. Yes, I need help. 🙂
Anyway, this has been great for my overall health but I’m finding that I need to do some serious tweaking as my mileage increases. About an hour before my long run, I’ve been eating what someone called “paleo mash” on a thread on FB.
1/2 c. pumpkin
1 mashed banana
Mix it up very well and cook over low heat until thoroughly heated/egg is cooked. Mix in some walnuts, raisins, and unsweetened coconut flakes.
It tastes pretty decent, it’s filling, and it doesn’t upset my stomach at all. I plan on making some ahead of time and bringing it to any races where we stay at a hotel. Eating in a restaurant before a race is always an iffy proposition for me and this will eliminate that worry.
For mid-run fuel, I put a glob of raw honey in a small baggie. I bite off a tiny corner and take just a bit every 20 minutes or so. I also bring a small baggie of golden raisins. They have the same number of carbs (though marginally fewer calories) than Sports Beanz. I’ve heard about people bringing small salted potatoes and I think I might try that soon. I sweat so incredibly much, I do worry about my electrolyte balance. I also like Huma Chia Energy Gels but I’m running out of my stash so I try to use them sparingly.
For fluid, I have a 1.5L Camelbak that I completely drain by mile 12 (13 on a cooler day). I only use water because I won’t drink Gatorade and those are usually the only two choices at races. I like having my Camelbak for carrying all of my stuff and so I don’t have to worry about dropping water bottles before I run but I DESPISE it at the end of a long run! I just can’t wait to get it off my back!
What do you like to have on your long runs? Do you prefer GUs, etc. or do you use whole food?