Athlete adventurer Ross Edgley decided to start 2017 a little different to most. Attempting to run 30 marathons in 30 days from a treadmill in his kitchen, he wants to trial 30 different breakfasts to explore the intricacies of endurance-based nutrition. Now into week 1, he’s jumped off the treadmill to log his thoughts…
THE WORST MARATHON MOMENT
The first week was always going to be the hardest. After a Christmas of too much food and not enough running, any traces of semi-decent running efficiency (biomechanics) was all but forgotten and my knees wondered why I was taking my 92kg frame for such a long run. I didn’t expert this first marathon to be fast or pretty.
It wasn’t. Looking at my Suunto watch, 4 hours and 34 minutes had passed when I reached the 26.2 mile mark. Woefully slower than my PB, this hurt my ego more than it did my legs. But I told myself this month is figuratively and literally a marathon, not a sprint. So I gently applied a foam roller to my calves — they were still wondering what was going on — took myself off to bed and decided to fight another day.
THE BEST MARATHON MOMENT
It was day four when culinary salvation arrived. Still hurting from the first marathon, I went to the kitchen equipped with a Peanut Butter & Blueberry Porridge recipe. Now, I love peanut butter, and I also love fresh fruit, which is why I wouldn’t mind at all if this marathon was slow. I would do it with a smile on my face and a meal in my belly that both my body and taste buds would love.
Made with vegan protein, this is essentially a high-protein vegan snack that’s been fused with low-glycaemic, slow-releasing carbohydrates to provide a steady and sustained release of energy to the muscles. Working in nutritional synergy with the healthy fats from the peanut butter, what’s left is this dual-fuel energy source that I addressed in my first article: Ross Edgley | Man Vs (Marathon) Food.
PEANUT BUTTER & BLUEBERRY PROTEIN PORRIDGE
HOW TO MAKE
THE NEXT STEP
Looking ahead to week 2, and what’s on the menu is still being debated – mainly on the interactive Facebook Feeds I’m hosting. So if you ever wanted to see someone run a marathon on something strange, get over to Facebook and let me know what you want me to test. But know that everything has been suggested from birthday cake, to a BBQ and a full, traditional, fried breakfast. Whatever is decided, the next few marathons are going to be interesting.
Ross Edgley is an athlete adventurer, chief sports scientist at THE PROTEIN WORKS™ and considered one of the world’s most travelled fitness experts. Follow his Man Vs (Marathon) Food on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat: RossEdgley.