Darcy Africa won the 2013 HardRock 100 mile endurance run. She spent most of her day running in 2nd place and not feeling as strong as she’d hoped. Endurance runs are about the finishing the event and Darcy outlasted her competitors who faltered in the final 30 miles putting Darcy first at the finish. Often its nutrition and fueling that creates the difference between finishing strong or not finishing at all. Since nutrition can be the difference in these ultra long distance events, we asked 1st place woman Darcy and 3rd place overall Scott Jaime to share their nutrition during the race.
In the morning, I ate 2 packets of instant oatmeal, a handful of blueberries, 1 banana, tea, and 4 Optygen.
Scott Jaime, in his 7th running of the famed HardRock 100 posted his fastest attempt by over an hour. IRunFar.com and Scott recap his history with this epic race. He credits much of this to the experience of ‘running your own race’ and a change in his diet and fueling strategy. In 2013 Scott adjusted his daily eating habits “I have eliminated all bread and coffee from my diet. To replace carbohydrates in bread I forced myself to eat more whole foods, such as fruits and veggies. The older I get the more I realize the importance of eating nutrient dense foods as opposed to CHO dense foods. Did it make a difference in my race? I don’t know but I can tell you I never had a sour stomach or low bonks.”