Before I start this eats recap, I want to thank all the companies that donated food to our team. Everything was delicious and kept us fueled, focused and happy. Our sponsors were:
And of course the PRETZEL BUNS!Thanks to @purecocobeet @mydandies @veggiegalaxy and @RhythmSuperfood for donating to @SHVeganPower #WIAW #vegan Click To Tweet
Outside of all the running, the most fun thing about getting together with my team at Ragnar is sharing food and meals together. I automatically know I can eat everything! Vegans love to eat and this relay was no different. Not only is it 48 hours of running and sleeping, but there is also a ton of food. My van coordinated the food we were going to bring this time so we had some variety and enough.
Let’s be honest, we always bring too much, but one thing I noticed last time was that although everything was delicious, by the end, I craved veggies and fruit. We had many great things and I love vegan cheese as much as anyone, but because processed food is not a huge part of my diet, after a while, my body was telling me I needed real food.
This time I decided to be smart. I brought peanut butter, nuts, fruit and veggies to eat along with all the other stuff for some balance in what we ate. To be honest, the body does just need calories, but having nutrient dense calories is always preferred over the processed stuff.
Today I’m sharing what I ate over the relay (some pictures are blurry, sorry). I feel like I did do a better job of fueling this time. I did however wake up starving the next day, but that might have been the dehydration and sleep deprivation causing a higher metabolic rate and therefore more calories were needed.
After looking at this post, at the next race I will make a point to drink more.
Meal 1: Lemon-blueberry scone from Whole Foods, Apple and coffee
Meal 2: 2 bananas with peanut butter, green beans (this was right before my first leg), water
Meal 3: Field roast deli slices, and hummus sandwich, lentil sloppy joes and carrot sticks, coconut water
Before my next leg I also drank half a Monster energy drink, kale chips and had an apple it was 1 AM
Meal 4: 2 bananas with peanut butter and granola, kale chips, carrot sticks/green beans and hummus and a few dates. I also drank coffee (this was like breakfast on day 2 and after my last leg)
Meal 5: weird corn nut things from the race expo, rest of bag of carrot sticks, dates stuffed with peanut butter, more kale chips, pop from the race expo
My last meal was consumed over 3 hours while I attempted to drive home.
Take-a-ways and things I noticed:
I need to drink more water. I tried to sip it throughout the day, but I don’t think I drank enough. I can tell this because I woke up Sunday morning so dehydrated my belt was able to be clasped one loop tighter. I also woke up starving. I was hungry when I got home, but I was so tired I just went to bed. I choose rest over food always, and I had the next day to eat all day, so I went to bed.
It is hard for me to eat and try to drive when I am exhausted. Driving home was really hard on me, which also took a lot of energy and could use some more calories.
Luckily, I had the next day to essentially keep a bag of dates and nuts with me, which I ate all day in addition to meals. I also attempted to drink more, but I’m really bad at this. Tuesday I still felt a bit dehydrated, but better.Check out what keeps vegan athletes fueled for over 200 miles! #vegan #WIAW #SHVP #tothefront @SHVeganPower Click To Tweet
So there you have it, how I ate at Ragnar.
How do you fuel for races?
What is your favorite post race food?