/ Eating after a race
So I ran the Scafell Skyrace last saturday which was by no means the toughest I've found a race however since then I've felt like eating almost not stop!
I cant decide whether my body is still asking for fuel or if I'm just greedy 😂
So what is your experience with eating post race? Does anyone else experience a spike in appetite?
I normally get hungrier a few days after, straight after I’m not too bad with big runs, the bike on the other hand sends me into a real feeding frenzy which i usually regret as soon as I’ve finished eating.
After an ultra I tend not to be hungry immediately after - probably because I'm sick of the sight of food by that point and would rather sleep than eat. A few hours later and I'm craving though, and for days I'll be eating relentlessly.
It's also the same after a step up in training intensity, or if I've had a lay-off and get back into running, although to a lesser degree, and I assume is just my body's natural way of ensuring it's got enough calories in reserve.
I'm the same - after ultras i can barely look at food.
Next day however, i'll want to eat everything in the house. That can last for weeks lol
> I'm the same - after ultras i can barely look at food.
> Next day however, i'll want to eat everything in the house. That can last for weeks lol
Same here. On a race my gut basically shuts down so I can't face any food straight after (I guess the blood is needed for the muscles), but it leaves me ravenous for weeks.
I find a good savory meal helps. I certainly eat more for a few days after, but if you burn 3000-5000 calories your body will want them back..
I have to be careful with that. I eat a lot if shit during marathon training and try to limit it. But if I'm doing a 12-14 mile run after work I want food before that run. Often its the old two spoonfuls of nutella and leave for my run.
The problem with 2 spoonfuls of Nutella is that it rapidly becomes a whole jar...it is by far the best way to eat Nutella (sod faffing around with bread), and I have a sweet tooth
Yep, I eat like a porker the week following an ultra. Not surprising as I am so totally rubbish at eating during....
Don't generally feel like eating straight after and I am ashamed to say that after the Arc50 miler this year I opened the first beer (Mena Dhu) to be drunk after a month with none, and couldn't drink it. Ruined the whole race for me!
> The problem with 2 spoonfuls of Nutella is that it rapidly becomes a whole jar...it is by far the best way to eat Nutella (sod faffing around with bread), and I have a sweet tooth
This is where you and Roadrunner are going wrong. I've graduated to eating a spoonful of Nutella and a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter (double dipping, my own jars ) sometimes mixed in with a bite of banana if I'm feeling ritzy. Taste sensation!
To Iain's point though. Despite craving more during up ticks in training its easy to overeat. I think especially as I've become a better and more efficient runner over the years I really don't need as many calories as I really think I do. I also worry about the visceral fat that foods like that leave even though I'm not necessarily putting on weight. It's not stopped me eating the Nutella yet though.
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