Ok, so I read somewhere that runners who do Ultra marathons tend to rely on actual food to fuel their runs, instead of just gels and energy drinks (like I have done for training for and completing marathon distances).
As you run long, you deplete glycogen stores, which can be replaced by taking on carbs. My carbs usually come in the form of energy drinks or gels during the run, and in the meals I have before and after the run.
I read somewhere that a mix of mashed potatoes and oats was a good easy to eat and digest slow release mixture of food for runners to eat on the go. It’s cheap, easy to carry and has the right mix of carbs to help provide you with the energy you need on runs. So, tonight I tried making some.
Tonight I made too much, so I’d recommend making half the amount I made. The measures below should do to make 3 x 160g portions (with approximately 140 calories and 23g of carbs).
Here’s the recipe for my Mashed Potato, Oat and Honey mix:
- 250g of potatoes
- 50g of porridge oats
- Milk and margarine to make the mashed potatoes
- Honey to taste
- Wash, peel and boil the potatoes for 20 minutes.
- Drain and mash with margarine and add milk to taste.
- Add the porridge oats and add more milk to taste.
- Add honey to sweeten to preferred taste.
It’s pretty plain to be honest and will need to be eaten with plenty of water to wash it down.
I think I might need to add some more honey the next time I make it to make it taste ok. There might be a possibility to add crushed nuts to the mix too to make it even more nutritious.
And I’ll need to take a spoon (a spork no less) with me to scoop it down. I’ll try it tomorrow on my 20 mile run along the Clyde. 😀 I’ll let you know how I get on.