My goal is to run a 100km ultramarathon this year, so I set out to train and eat strategically.
I live in Taipei, where the wellness industry is still in its infancy. This means that eating right takes a bit more effort compared to cities where juice stands, organic grocery stores or vegan restaurants abound.
I also really don’t like to cook, which means I eat out regularly, and local dining is not known for its health benefits. While my diet has vastly improved, I still occasionally eat junk food.
I wouldn’t have called myself a serious runner before December 2011. I had a few marathons under my belt, but had never trained properly and my results were average at best.
I’m not a nutritionist or fitness trainer, just a health enthusiast who reads a lot and would like to learn more.
Below is what I did in 2012 to prepare to run an ultramarathon this year. Many baby steps, experimenting and regressions.
1. I ate a healthy breakfast.
There are no healthy restaurants near my office, which made eating well for lunch and dinner during the week difficult. Therefore I made sure that I always start my day by putting in good stuff: lemon water, green smoothies and fruit.
2. I incorporated superfoods into my diet.
Some are a bit pricy, so I used to save them for prior to running events only. Additionally, I was a bit worried about “overdosing” on superfoods. Last year I gradually incorporated them to my regular diet: