I didn't realize quite how health-conscious I have become until today at Wal-Mart. My husband and I went shopping together. Here is our cart.
You might think, "How on EARTH could they eat so much garbage????"
Well, the answer is: we're not. I felt downright embarrassed pushing that cart around. I wanted to put a sign on it or tell anyone who might be eyeing it what I was purchasing all this stuff for.
I am captaining an Aid Station this coming Saturday (March 23) at the Terrapin Mountain 50K in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Bedford County, Virginia. This kind of race is called an ultra marathon, because it's longer than the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
Ultra runners are out there on the trail all day and they need calories. Lots of them. I think in a 50K, I personally burn about 3,000 calories. So, the aid station captains need to buy (here's the list):
Candy Bars (don't forget M&M's)
Five 2-liter bottles of Pepsi/Coke
Five 2-liter bottles of Mountain Dew
2 extra jugs of water
(We are provided with powder to make electrolyte replacement drink, and we also have 2 coolers of water)
Other things that are also popular:
Twinkies (obviously this list was made before Hostess closed up shop)
Baked potatoes with salt
In addition, we need to make sure we have aspirin, IcyHot, Tums, Vaseline, band-aids, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, and I forget what all else. I'm writing this blog from memory.
You might be surprised this is what ultra runners eat during a race, because you might think they are health nuts who would never put such junk in their body. Yes, typically this (former - hopes to be again) ultra runner does eat pretty healthfully. But in a 50K (or longer) race, I eat whatever is there. Reese's PB cups never taste better than when you eat them after covering 40 miles of mountainous terrain.
So, do you ever want an excuse to binge on Reese cups or Oreos? Run an ultra! Links below.
Mountain Masochist 50-miler
Promise Land 50K