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I really struggle to eat well on ultras.
If it's to chewy forget it, heavy food is a no-no i've tried bagels and they taste lovely but just sit in my tummy and don't digest,
Dried fruit and mixed nuts with a bit of added salt seem good. But been reading a thread where 9 bars were mentioned and they look seriously nice.
But, I get really seriously confused about food and running, I'm probably completely over complicating it, and being a bit thick doesn't help. But I vaguely understood (possibly incorrectly) that you can absorb around 60g of carbs an hour give or take.
So my little brain is thinking and decided that I should be trying to get 50 plus in each hour in my next ultra to keep my levels pretty much topped up.
Now is this utter bollox and just waffle, or is it sort of in the right ballpark and not an unreasonable aim, to try to achieve?
For instance 9 bar peanut butter looks heavenly but a 40g bar has 10g of carbs in it... So if I only eat them i'd need 5 an hour !!
I guess i'm not going to be using anywhere near my max for most of those hours, so really that's OTT thinking i need to look at replacing 50 plus an hour, or is that the sort of target i should actually be aiming to do (of course with a variety of foods).
I mean I hardly ever see any ultra runners stacked up with food, they grab a few things on the tables, which come up say 8 to 10 times in 24 hours, so what's the secret am I worrying to much about food or do I just need to find small compact food that packs the carbs in,
Yours a very confoosed elephant
I've not ran many but the few? 3 maybe and a 30 odd mile LSR I don't think i've got the eating right in any of them.