Real Running Fuel

As I mentioned a few months ago, I’m really trying to fuel my training season with real foods. I wanted to eschew the standard GUs and gels, substituting them for good old-fashioned whole foods. Now I’m not gonna lie, I do still eat “bad” foods every once in a while- because what’s life without fun- but I’m trying to focus on high quality foods to get me through training sessions.

So without further ado, here are my favourites:

  1. Sesame Snaps

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I used to have these all the time when I was a kid. They’re just great sugar- energy in a packet! I absolutely love the boost of sweetness they give me when I’m flagging in my final miles. I also have them about 30-15 minutes before I start a race- it’s become a ritual.

2. Nakd Bars

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I love love love Nakd bars purely because of how junk-free they are. Whilst I don’t always take them on runs (as I need something with more of a kick), I love them for when the mid-afternoon runger strikes!

3. Cliff Bars

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These bad boys are insane. Full of goodness, and packed with calories, making them ideal for long run fuel. A crunchy peanut butter Clif bar got me through my very first 13 mile run- both mentally and physically!

4. PB on toast

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Recently I’ve been waking up very hungry, and swapping out my regular oatmeal for something more substantial. The PB keeps me full, and I love the flavour combination of PB and bananas! Also great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, especially if I’m running home in the evening.

5. Bananas

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I mean, it goes without saying. Bananas are a runner’s wonderfood.

6. Nuun

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When I first upped my mileage, I really struggled with headaches and cramps which I realised were due to an electrolyte imbalance. So now, I try to have Nuun both during and after a tougher run.

7. Beond bars

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I’ve already spoken about my love of Beond bars; but they keep me going, and I could run for hours on just one bar! Apple and cinnamon is my favourite flavour- it tastes really authentic and yummy!

8. Coconut water

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When Nuun won’t quite do the trick, I go for Coconut water. Back when I lived in Colombia, and coconut water was very freely available, I used to use it as a killer hangover cure. Now however, it’s used for slightly more noble purposes!

9. Soreen Malt Loaf

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God love Soreen. Just like it says on the packet, it’s ‘Delicious, squidgy energy”. I love the banana flavour as well as the regular, although rumour has it that you can get more flavours in the US. I’m very jealous right now… someone send me a care package!

10. Nakd Raisins

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These aren’t the highest calorie option for a long run, but they have a gorgeous, super-sweet sharpness that gives you the “mental boost” you need. (Does anyone know what I mean here?!) My favourite flavours are Cherry and Lime- I could scoff them down by the boatload!

 

Do you have any tips for natural fuelling? Any other products I should try?

 

Lots of love,

Pippa xx

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15 thoughts on “Real Running Fuel

  1. I’ve only tried the clif bars so far (and clif shots) but ive been suffering with headaches post- long run and am wondering if its electrolyte related. What exactly are the nunns? Are they like a sweet or do you put them in a drink? I might have to try some

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    1. Nuun is a brand of electrolyte tablets, but all natural, no added nasties etc. Essentially you dissolve them in water, and they restore your electrolytes after a long run. I found that I used to get headaches and cramps after long or tough training sessions, but now that’s definitely much better!

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  2. This post has come at the right time for me as I’m looking at my running nutrition and agreed that nakd bars are great for afternoon snack but not on a long run. I’m going to try those sesame snaps next time.

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