Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Badwater Nutrition Training

After the big stomach problems I experienced during the Sulphur Springs 100 miler http://www.ouser.org/ I wasn’t sure anymore about my nutrition plan for Badwater. During Massanutten 100 I had some problems for the first 10 hours and figured it most likely was due to the Ensure. However, as I didn’t have any Ensure during Sulphur I wasn’t sure what could have caused the problem and my Badwater nutrition plan was in jeopardy.

So I had to find a solution as soon as possible and decided to give it another try during my long training run last Saturday. I parked my car in one of the parking lots at Sunnybrook Park and set up my private aid station with a big cooler and the different kind of food I wanted to try. I ran back and forward to the “aid station” in 30 minutes intervals to refuel. All together I ran for about 4.5 hours. The temperature wasn’t quite like Badwater but - big surprise - I didn’t have any stomach issues at all. Whoo-ah! During the 5 hours I had Perpetuem, Carbo Pro, Nuun, mashed potatoes, milk in different flavours, V8 jus, hard boiled eggs but no yolk and fruit caps. No gels! Everything worked out great, and I keep my fingers crossed it will work for Badwater too.


  1. I had a lot of trouble with nutrition at Badwater last year, and I attribute it most to the heat. I was lucky to have a great crew that found interesting ways to make sure I was getting enough calories.

    In my last few successful 100-milers I changed my fueling strategy, and it has worked well. I've stuck with liquids only for the first 50-60 miles (until night). Basically, one bottle of Perpetuem with one gel mixed in every hour to two hours. Once night hits, I switch over to some solids, mainly in the form of soup. I will still throw a gel or two into my water bottle as well.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for both of us at Badwater. :)

  2. Thanks, Tony. Your information is very helpful. I find the nutrition is the most challenging element during Badwater. I'm also planning to stay on liquids only as long as possible. I used Perpetuem, Carbo Pro and Nuun last year at BW and hope it will work again this year. What kind of gels are you using?
    Happy training and see you soon,