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Planning Your Meals

After several relays in which my teammates and I suffered the effects of poor food choices, we vowed to plan out our meals to see if we could, in fact, improve the overall experience of the race by attending to our nutritional needs.  Happily, we were able to find ways to fight off the G.I. distress that is so common in long events such as the relay.  The key, we found, is to eat as close to normal as possible, and to avoid certain foods that we know don’t sit well.  This means paying attention to when we normally would have breakfast or lunch and eating a proper meal at those times.  Sure, the red licorice is delicious, but it is not dinner.

The best way to make sure you have the food you need is to write up a food plan; this will help you pack the proper food when it comes time for the race.  You can pencil in meals you know that you are going to eat at proper restaurants, but make sure that your plan fits with what your team is going to be doing.  Use your pace prediction table to get an idea for when you will be running so that you will know what kind of food you might want to be eating at that time of day.  Don’t forget to write down your nutrition needs while you are running.

Food plan worksheet

A photo from Kelly Johnson, Oregonlive blogger, of what she ate during last year’s race

By |June 11th, 2009|Food|Comments Off on Planning Your Meals

Sample Food Packing List

The following is my food packing list from last year’s relay.  We started at 5:45 am, and our predicted finish was 32 hours later, around 2:00 pm.  I was in Van #1, so I knew we would be done about 10:00 in the morning on Saturday.  It’s helpful to get a predicted pace / arrival chart from your team captain to plan out your meals. The thing is, whatever you pack, it probably won’t be what you crave.  I always want a greasy burger and fries, but can never figure out a way to get one.  There are food vendors at both sleeping areas, but last year I was already full from the overabundance of food we had in the van.  In a team full of women, it’s probably impossible to starve.  Not as sure about a men’s team though . . .

This year, our team is planning our food for each van, so I won’t be purchasing all of the supplies myself.  We are planning our food, and each will contribute what they want.  I will probably make sure, though, that I pack some peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for my post run carb/protein replenishment just so I know I have that ready for me within 20 minutes of finishing up my leg.

Banana bread
Diet soda (I knew I would need some caffeine and wasn’t sure I could find coffee.  This was my back-up)

Post run #1:
1/2 peanut butter sandwich
Pear (slices)

Race potatoes (click here for the recipe)
Turkey bagel – cream cheese & cucumber

Cold grilled chicken
Race potatoes
Whole wheat dinner roll

Pre-run snack:

Post-run snack :
1/2 peanut butter & jelly

Greek yogurt
Brown sugar (packed in a zip-loc bag)

Rice crackers (Costco snack mix)
Red vines
Animal cookies
Homemade chocolate chip cookies
Chips & salsa
Coca cola […]

By |June 10th, 2009|Food|Comments Off on Sample Food Packing List