My Nutrition for 53mile Highland Fling

This was my nutrition plan for the 53mile Highland Fling Ultramarathon that I completed on 29th April 2017.

You can see the race report and video on this blog.

Friday 28th April:

  • Breakfast
    • Herbalife Formula 1 Sport Meal Replacement Shake
    • ‘Fuel Your 10k’ Chocolate porridge
  • Snack
    • Sandwich Thin and Egg.
  • Lunch
    • Lentil Soup
    • Chicken Breast, Gammon, Rump steak, peas and chips
    • Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Snack
    • Herbalife Formula 1 Raspberry & Blueberry Meal Replacement Shake
  • Dinner
    • Omelette and salad.
  • Snack
    • Herbalife Formula 1 Strawberry shake

Race Day

  • 4am: Herbalife Formula 1 Sport Meal Replacement
  • 5am: Pain Au Chocolat
  • 6am Start to Mile 19 at Balmaha
    • Wholemeal sandwich thin and sliced gouda cheese
    • 2 x 500ml of H24 Hydrate
  • Drop Bag 1 – Mile 19 to Mile 27 (Balmaha to Rowardennan)
    • Wholemeal sandwich thin and sliced gouda cheese
    • Mini pork pie
    • 4 boiled jersey potatoes with salt.
    • Herbalife lemon citrus protein bar
    • 2 x 500ml H24 Hydrate
  • Drop Bag 2 – Mile 27 to Mile 34 (Rowardennan to Inversnaid)
    • Baked Beans & Sausage (cold from tin)
    • Trek Bar Cocoa Chaos
    • Herbalife vanilla almond protein bar
    •  4 boiled Jersey potatoes with salt
    • Mini pork pie
    • 2 x 500ml H24 Hydrate
  • Drop Bag 3 – Mile 34 to Mile 41 (Lochside to Bein Glas – the tough section)
    • Wholemeal sandwich thin with sliced gouda cheese.*
    • Trek Bar Berry Burst
    • 4 boiled jersey potatoes with salt*
    • Double shot espresso (canned)
    • 1 x 500ml H24 Hydrate
    • 1 x 500ml H24 CR7Drive
  • Drop Bag 4 – Mile 41 to Mile 53 Bein Glas to Tyndrum – Finish)
    • Wholemeal sandwich thin with sliced gouda cheese
    • Double shot espresso (canned)
    • 2 x 500ml H24 Hydrate
    • 1 x 500ml CR7Drive
    • 2 x Herbalife Citrus Lemon protein bars
  • Post Race
    • Tomato Soup and bread roll
    • Herbalife 24 Rebuild Strength
    • 1 x 500ml H24 Hydrate
    • 2 x Herbalife Vanilla Almond protein bars

 

With the exception of those items marked * and those under post race section, all were consumed en route to Tyndrum.

At Inversnaid, I had a craving for something sweet, so switched my savoury items out for a Snickers and a Tracker bar instead.

The thinking behind this nutrition strategy was to ensure I utilised fat stores for energy for as long as I could before switching to glucose.  In this way, I would avoid potential sugar crashes coinciding with any ‘dark times’ I might be experiencing.

It seemed to work well.  Beans and Sausage has been a ‘go to’ mid course meal since 2015 Ring O Fire ultra when it revived me at mile 67.  Since then I’ve added it to mid race checkpoints for that very reason.

Note:  This was my personal nutrition strategy based on several years of trial and error.  I’ve used variations on this for different races.

I am not advocating or advising on a fat or carbohydrate based fueling strategy and the benefits of either.  I’m simply sharing my personal experience and plan.

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