Fueling for your first Ultra – Sunny Blende

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You may be able to finish a marathon with a few GUs, a piece of watermelon and some water, but that probably won’t work for a 50K or beyond. WHY?

Sunny explains how to fuel and what to eat to help you through your first ultra.

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  • Lisa Gunnoe

    Sunny, thank you again for sharing your knowledge!!!
    The timing of this is perfect for my running reset. When I can start running again I would like to use the heart rate training to train to burn fat, the metabolic efficiency training and eating healthy with no grains to get this extra weight off.

    I have a question about racing in heart rate zone 2. As mentioned, as soon as one moves out of that heart rate zone, they will bonk because they don’t have carb in their system to feed their muscles so once they are running too fast/ working too hard to burn fat they will bonk because their tank is empty.
    So how does that work for racing. Can one train with the slower training with a speed workout a week in the schedule, then on the run just use the regular way of doing it, eating carbs, fueling with gels and Vitargo and such? Can one run a race with both methods to prevent that bonk? if one, for whatever reason, moves out of that zone 2 range of running during the race?

    • “Racing in Zone 2” doesn’t really happen…if you are in Zone 2, then you are not going as fast as you could….you could “complete” a race, but not “race” it. The upcoming podcast will explain all this, but the short answer is, yes you can add a speed workout to your weekly training, but you would need to eat “outside the ME box”…that is, you would need to eat some carbs before and after THAT particular training session. And yes, you can go from ME training into a race, but you would again need to eat a bit differently before, during and after that race. But if you have enough time, it might work better for you to do a couple of weeks without any training above Zone 2, then add the workouts.

      • Lisa Gunnoe

        Thank you! thank you! this is so helpful!

  • Lisa Gunnoe
  • Another great podcast! Thanks for sharing!

    One question, I am from the UK and am not familiar with some of the products or product names in the US.
    I have heard a few times that you are consuming Tams (Toms?). What is it?
    Not even sure how to spell that 🙂


    • Scott Warr

      Thanks for the question. We are talking about TUMS. It is an antacid. http://m.tums.com//

      • Thomas Loehndorf

        Thanks Scott, that makes sense. First I thought Tums were digestive biscuits. Which was not far off.
        I carry Gaviscon (liquid) Sachets in my medical cabinet in case the heartburn trail god strikes.

  • Steve Pero

    Wanted to mention that the low HR training for fat burning is something I’ve been doing for 8 years with lots of success. With this you don’t need to find your max with or without formulas, just read Phil Maffetone’s book. Here’s a snippet.

    • Steve Pero

      BTW: Great podcast. I like Sunny’s simple, yet common sense ideas on fueling.