Please….do not attempt this at home…unless you’re training for a marathon, half-Ironman an ultra…or want to become a sumo wrestler!
I woke up around 6:00 am, ate two bowls of Quaker Oatmeal Squares with Silk soymilk and a few cups of black tea. Then, I headed off for a 2 hour, 45 minute trail run around Mount Tam. During the run, I ate a Lara Bar (new chocolate chip peanut butter flavor), a packet of Sport Beans (my favorite) and at least one PowerGel, but who’s counting at that point? Plus, water at two stops along the way.
After we were done running, my girlfriend Rachel and I picked up a skim latte and a quart of Gatorade because I was parched. (We had not taken our CamelBak’s on the run as it was kind of cold and we didn’t think we needed them. A rookie mistake!)
Next up: swimming. After our coffee and the Gatorade that I quickly chugged, we headed to the pool for an hour, 3,000-yard workout. After swimming, I headed home for breakfast 2.0. This consisted of more Gatorade and a toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread.
So, I calculated a rough estimate of my pre-exercise eats to be about 400 calories then another 400 calories on the run, to top it off with another 400-500 calories after swimming. It’s easy to see how lots of calories add up from sports drinks, gels, bars and other energy foods. When I’m not in training for an endurance event, I could not eat anywhere near this amount without blowing up. Most days, I eat only a fraction of this in the am to match my calorie intake with my output.