Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Field Work Nutrition Co-Founder and product formulator Jesse Kropelnicki coaches some of the best endurance athletes in the world (see here, here, and here amongst countless other examples), but over the past few months he has been training for his own little endurance event...a mere 100 kilometer (60 miles) run around Eugene, Oregon in a race called the Waldo 100K. Jesse put his own training methodologies and nutrition plans to the test and it worked out pretty well for him. Over 60 miles of running, he finished within minutes of his projected time!
Now you certainly don't have to run 60 miles to use our Primo Smoothie, but in between his training runs, Primo played a big roll in helping him get the calories and nourishment he needed to complete this epic event. Read below for a Q and A with Jesse on what his training, nutrition, and race day were like. Enjoy!
How long did you train for the race, and what was your mileage / frequency like for the past few months?
I began training around middle of February, first for the Boston marathon and then for the 100k. Mileage for the Boston buildup was 45-55 miles, and then more recently before the 100k, it was in the mid 60s. Long runs were generally never more than 35% of the weekly mileage, but were VERY race specific in the mountains.
What was day to day nutrition like for you during your training? Did it shift at all from the early stages up to race day?
Things didn’t change a lot throughout training other than tightening things up during the final 4-6 weeks. As founder of The Core Diet, I generally stick to that year round at about 80% compliance, including the Primo Smoothie between workouts. During the final 4-6 weeks I ramped this up to 95-100% compliance in order to trim the final few pounds of body fat.
On a big training day, what would you typically eat?
I generally stick to The Core Diet, and with that, only the final 60 min before the workout, and during the workout things change. During the 60 minute prior, I have a higher glycemic grain or refined sugar, and then during the workout have a PowerGel each 30 min, along with 24oz per hour of BASE Hydro drink mixed full strength. This does the trick for me given my sodium, fluid and carbohydrate needs. Post workout is always Klean recovery drink, and then later in the day onto the Primo Smoothie.
What did you eat in the 24 hours leading up to the race, and what did you eat during the race?
Starting from the race and working backwards, I generally had during the race exactly what I had in training. The day before the race, the general Core Diet day to day nutrition goes out the window and I instead focus on simple carbohydrates with limited fat, fiber or protein. The “carb load” for me is typically about 700 grams of carbs, or about 10 times your body weight in kilograms.
What was the toughest part of the race? Was there ever a moment where you thought you had had enough?
This was insanely hard. Ultras are hard. You get to mile 30 and you feel as if you have run 30 miles…then there is another 32.5 miles to go. Lots of suffering, but very far from feeling the need to quit.
What was the best part of the race? Did you experience any sort of next-level runners high being out there for so long?
NO. Hah! 11:19 is a long time to spend running in the woods alone.
What was the course like?
VERY hilly and all woods trail or mountain climb. This course had over 10,000 vertical feet of climbing over the 62.5 miles.
What was your splurge meal after the race, if you could even eat anything?
I had a cheese burger. That was about it….the next day was back to business as usual although I’m only operating at about 70% compliance to The Core Diet a week later. I have managed to maintain my Primo Smoothie about once a day which I’m sure has helped the recovery along.
How could someone training for any race, not necessarily an ultra benefit from using a Primo Smoothie in their nutrition?
It is a great product specifically created for the endurance athlete to provide many of the macro and micro nutrients that endurance athletes need. Most days, using the smoothie as a breakfast is a great way to get a lot of the nutrient density you need while keeping blood sugar stable. The smoothie provides a great option for any athlete to keep feeding frequency up, blood sugar stable, and have it be convenient.
Any desire to do it again any time soon?
Good question. The jury is still out on this one.