Food is fuel, and you need a lot of it. Listen to your body and ask questions – are you craving salt, or sugar? Fat or protein? Craving a Snickers bar, for example, probably means you’re low on fat and sugar, and maybe a little salt, too. Before you act on your hunger, make considered choices – you could go for a homemade flapjack, instead.
Ultra runner and Berghaus Dragon’s Back race completer Jenn Gaskell knows a little something about being hungry on the run. “Preparation is key," she says. "I do an online food shop to stock up on quick and easy bits, like Quorn cocktail sausages, which are great cold chucked on a salad or stirred through pasta. Replace junk food like crisps with healthier yet satisfying treats, like fried chickpeas. Make sure you fuel well during runs, too, so you don’t come back ravenous. I love fruity baby food – the ones with rice keep hunger at bay on longer runs. I like to make a large batch of salad to keep in the fridge to tuck into when hunger strikes. Here’s my recipe for a feta salad with beetroot, which are great for endurance."
BEETROOT AND FETA SALAD
Chop up 500g cooked beetroot, 250g feta cheese and 1 red onion, and combine with 250g spinach leaves and a handful of mint leaves. Sprinkle 50g lightly toasted pine nuts on top. Drizzle over balsamic vinegar and olive oil to serve.