How to Fuel for an Ultra Run!

At the end of August, Kim Slater completed a run from the British Columbia/Alberta border to Kitimat, BC. She  ran the equivilant of 29 marathons! We wanted to know how she did it. So she sent us a look at a typical day 

By Kim Slater

On July 8th I set off from the BC Alberta border to run 1170 km the length of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, to talk with communities about a clean energy future.
I camped for the most part, although a number of people kindly offered my support driver and I places to stay along the way.

A typical day is as follows: 

  • Wake up: get up at 6:45 am.
  • Make breakfast: coffee; homemade granola with plain probiotic yogurt, maple syrup and berries; a smoothie that contains apple cider and mixed berries. The supplements I add include one scoop each of Mila, Vega powder, hemp powder and maca powder. I also drink a glass of water with lemon juice.
  • Lunch: I also make lunch in the morning so it's ready after my run. Lunch consists of an egg sandwich on whole grain bread with avocado, tomato, cheese and mixed greens. 
  • Morning Run: After getting dressed, applying sunscreen and taping my feet, I run for 20K with a short 5-15 minute break at the 10K mark. I also have a snack of some dried or fresh fruit. 
  • Rest: after my first run I try to soak my legs and feet in cold water -- either in a lake or stream or by taking a cold shower. I eat lunch and use the time in the afternoon to blog about my journey and catch up on work. I usually take a short 20-30 minute nap as well.
  • Afternoon Prep: after my rest I make some dinner that I eat after I get back from my second run. Dinner is often pasta, rice or a bean-based dish like chili with a salad. For salad dressing, I mix apple cider vinegar, Udo's 3-6-9 oil and lemon juice with some spices.
  • Evening Run: I run another 20K at around 5 pm to avoid the heat. I follow the same routine as the first run, breaking at the 10K mark, having a handful of nuts or fruit. Sometimes I'll also eat a piece of bread with almond butter and honey for an additional snack. 
  • Post-Run Massage: for most of my journey I was fortunate to have massage therapists as my drivers and support team. After my second run I often get a treatment to keep my body in good working order. 

This routine worked for me. I have felt incredibly supported on my journey. The generosity and good wishes I've received along the way have really helped to keep my spirits high and feeling strong! Thank you!

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