Ultramarathon Foods

I have been drawing up a list of Ultramarathon foods. These are things that I like to eat when running long distances.

There is quite a bit of information out there on this subject but I personally find it confusing and a little over the top for someone who just wants to enjoy their running and get to the finish in one piece.

I’ve gathered this from my own experiences and from feedback from other runners. It is in no way a list collated by experts just people who have experience of going long and eating what they like and need to keep on going.

There are some elite ultra-runners who prefer a plant powered diet and that seems to serve them well, people like Scott Jurek and Rich Roll also the Paleo Diet is said to work wonders for endurance and health.

Then there is people like Dean Karnazes who has been known to eat a large pizza during long runs, at the end of the day it’s whatever works for you.

The important elements in these foods is that the all contain high amounts of carbs, sugar, fat and protein. Some of them contain all of these items and some of them contain individual parts.

You can and probably should incorporate energy drinks as well and sodium tablets into training/racing but these can be overpriced and you are able to make your own by mixing half orange juice, half water and some table salt.

For me however, getting energy from real food is always better, not that some of the items on this list can even claim to be real whole foods!

Please feel free to add your favourites in the comments below and also note that these are in no particular order.

1. Jelly Babies

2. Muffins

3. Cookies

4. Haribo

5. Flapjacks

6. Rice Pudding

7. Yoghurt

8. Cereal Bar

9. Pop Tarts

10. Baked Potato

11. Jam Sandwich

12. Bananas

13. Macaroon Bars

14. Carrot Cake

15. Fig Rolls

16. Dried Fruit

17. Snack a Jacks

18. Jaffa Cakes

19. Swiss Roll

20. Hot Cross Buns

21. Tree Nuts

22. Potato Salad

23. Hot Dogs

24. Sausage Roll

25. Oranges

26. Baked Beans

27. Nectarines

28. Cous Cous

29. Porridge

30. Tea Cakes

31. Soreen or any Malt Loaf

32. Rice Crispie Squares

33. Salt and Vinegar Crisps (I don’t think flavour is important)

34. Cold Tuna Pasta (Whole-wheat is best)

35. Honey Sandwich (Brown Bread at least)

36. Nutella Sandwich

37. Granola Bar

38. Walnut Cake

39. Figs

40. Fresh Beetroot

41. Fresh Grapes

42. Fresh Blueberries

43. Pot Noodle

44. Custard

45. Turkish Delight

46. Chocolate

47. Watermelon

48. Beef Jerky

49. Lentil Soup (Or any other)

50. Skittles

and finally…the best of the lot

51. Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich!




About Mark Cooper

My name is Mark Cooper, I am an ultra runner, motivational speaker, expedition consultant and public relations rookie. I help people achieve greatness in their lives. For bookings or more information you can email mark@runwithmark.com
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5 Responses to Ultramarathon Foods

  1. Love the list Mark! Glad to see fig rolls on there but intrigued by the custard.

    I would also add:

    52. Apricots, dates and other dried fruits
    53. Milk shakes (either fancy recovery ones or just those delightfully nasty Yazoo/Frijj jobbies)
    54. Lamb samosas (this was a one off but oh-so-good!)

  2. neilco says:

    You should try this one, Mark:

    55. Peanut butter and Nutella on wholemeal toast

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  4. arrancat says:

    Reblogged this on Arrancat's Blog and commented:
    Food is always my biggest interest during any expedition, and the Pacific Ocean row is going to be hugely important food wise, especially since we’ll be eating the same stuff day in and day out for 6months!

  5. adamneve says:

    i use scott jurek’s xocolatl energy ball things. and hershey’s chocolate milk for recovery.

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